The easiest way to make a copy of an interesting article, a recipe, a how-to-guide or a funny image is to take a screenshot. You can simply use the dedicated keyboard key to take a screenshot, or you can use a specialized tool to help you get the job done better.
Here are the 10 best screenshot-taking tools for Windows
Greenshot is a free open source screen capture tool for Windows operating system optimized for productivity. The tool allows you to quickly capture screenshots of a selected region, window, or entire screen as well as capture scrolling web pages from Internet Explorer.
- It allows you to take screenshots by simply hitting the Print Screen button on your
- keyboard and selecting the required area makes
- It is a very useful and time-saving screenshot capturing tool.
PicPick is a complex screenshot-taking software that brings many additional options to the table: an intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and more. Thanks to the plethora of features it offers, PicPick can be used by homeowners as well as graphic designers.
- Capture anything: take screenshots of an entire screen, an active window or any specific region of your desktop
- Enhance with effects: drop shadows, frames, watermarks, mosaic, motion blur, brightness control
- Edit your images: add text, arrows, shapes and more with the built-in image editor
- Share your screenshots everywhere: send your images via Web, email, Dropbox, Google
- Drive, Evernote, Facebook or Twitter.
SnapCrab for Windows is a handy screen capture software that allows you to capture images anywhere on your desktop and save them in JPEG, PNG, or even GIF format. You can highlight the area of the screen you want to be captured or capture the entire screen.
- Snapcrab allows you to capture translucent windows and web pages from your browser by linking through Sleipnir.
The Fireshot utility for Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer allows users to take screenshots in a few clicks. You can capture web page screenshots, add text annotations, perform quick edits and save the captures as image file or PDF.
- It allows you to take a screenshot of a section or the browser window, a selected area of a page or even the entire page in a few clicks.
- You can capture a selected area of the screen.
- Fast and easy to use
Lightshot is another free screen capture tool that performs wonders on your system. It comes with an easy to use interface that allows you to take a screenshot within 2 clicks.
- Just hit up a hotkey, and the program will take a screenshot of a section of your screen or the entire screen.
- Easy To use
ShareX is an open source screen capture tool that is so feature-rich that it will make you wonder how you survived the internet without it. ShareX takes a different approach other than the one for the tools discussed above. Rather than uploading your files to servers belonging to the software, you can configure the program to upload to one of your accounts on other third-party services. ShareX does more that capture screenshots. You can use it to shorten URLs, record your screen, upload texts, and convert your recording to a GIF format.
ShareX also comes with a variety of automation features and integration with over 80 image hosting platforms like Flickr, Imgur, Dropbox, Sendspace, Pastebin, Photobucket, and a spread of cloud storage providers. You can also configure ShareX to perform other tasks such as image annotation, adding watermarks and much more.
Gadwin PrintScreen is one of the most popular screen capture tools and it comes with advanced image editing and annotation features all wrapped up in an easy to use interface. PrintScreen is the default, but there are a dozen hotkey combos to choose from.
You can use the tool to capture the entire screen or capture a specific window. Once you have chosen your favorite combo, you can hop to the Destination tab to either have the screen printed instantly, copied to the clipboard or save it to a specific folder. Gadwin PrintScreen gives you the option to choose from six customizable image formats. You can even send the screenshot via email.
Jing software from TechSmith is a useful tool that allows you to instantly capture screenshots and record video on your computer. Jing sits nicely on your desktop ready to capture the whole screen, specific sections, as well as record short video clips.
Jing also comes with the editor tool that lets you add text annotations, images, and other small edits to your images. Another important highlight is Jing’s powerful sharing feature. Besides saving to your computer, you can also share the images and videos to a variety of social media platforms as well as upload them to Screencast.com.
FRAPS is commonly known as a program for measuring a game’s frame rate in order to benchmark configurations. While its use is heavily on gaming, FRAPs does contain a screen capture function that users can utilize to take screenshots.
The function allows users to set a screenshot hotkey that automatically names and timestamps images.
TinyTake developers boast about this tool as being the fastest way to take screenshots, record videos and share them with friends. You can also add comments, publish your screen captures online, get a shareable link, and reference your history. This tool is easy to use, it’s free and it’s very popular – more than 7500 companies use it worldwide.
- Record a video of your screen (up to 120 minutes)
- Record a video using your webcam
- Capture a region, a window or entire screen
- Capture an image using your webcam
- Open, annotate and share an existing image
- Copy to clipboard or save it locally
- Store screenshots & videos in the cloud
- Zoom in / zoom out
- Assign custom short-cut keys.