5 Excellent Tools To Take Screenshots in Windows

While writing reviews of websites and software, I often have to use images to reference what I am talking about and to help me better explain things. A simple screenshot of an arrow pointing to a tiny button saves me the trouble of writing a detailed explanation of where the button is located.

Having realized the importance of them, I had started using screenshots early on. Back then, I used to press the PRINT SCREEN key and then paste the image in Paint. Then I extracted the portion of the image I required and used that in my reviews. Today, that procedure is ancient. With numerous competent screenshot applications to choose from, I no longer need to go through the inconvenient Paint route.

In case you are looking for an effective screenshot app that saves your time and serves its purpose, find below the top 5 tools in this category.

Greenshot is my favorite screenshot application. Compatible with Windows, the download file is sized at nearly 600KB. After installation, the app offers 3 separate hotkey shortcuts for capturing the entire screen, a particular open window, or a particular section of the screen. You can choose whether to simply copy the image to clipboard, save it in a specific folder, and the format in which it will be saved. The app can also send your screenshots directly to your default image editor or printer. With all these features and the absence of a price tag, Greenshot is an excellent screenshot-taking tool.

Greenshot

GreenShot

PicPick is a slightly more advanced tool than Greenshot. The image capturing tool within PicPick lets you capture the entire screen, a specific region, an active window, a scrolling window, and freehand capture. The app also includes a built-in image editor that helps you insert those referencing arrows and lines. Protractors and pixel rulers, both built into the app, will help graphic designers better understand the designs of others and use them. The crosshair is another tool graphics designers will find helpful. The app is free for personal use but costs $29.99 for 1 license of commercial use.

PicPick

PicPick (Personal Use)

For people looking for a user-friendly screen capturing tool that has an interface easy on the eyes, Gadwin will be the perfect one. Although it only offers standard options to capture the entire screen or a rectangular region, and the option to save the files, it does serve the basic screen capturing purpose. Gadwin Printscreen offers free 1 month trial period in which users can test the program and if they like it, they can purchase the personal license for $24.99. If you want to use it on more than 1 PC, you can select from the different pricing options given here.

Gadwin

Gadwin PrintScreen | Price: $24.99 (Personal License)

You can get Gadwin Printscreen from here.

Jing helps you take not only screenshots but record screencasts as well. Offering a variety of other features such letting you get video feed from your webcam and showing you pixel dimensions of your images, Jing is a highly competent screenshot plus screencast tool. The app comes in different versions for Mac and Windows. You can get its trial for free but the Pro version costs US$14.95 per year.

Jing

Download Jing | Free | Jing Pro Price: $14.94/year

SnagIt is a very special image capturing tool and my personal favourite among all the ones listed here. In addition to the features stated in the above mentioned programs, this app lets you capture entire webpages. It automatically scrolls down them and captures it all! With your screenshots taken they are sent to the app’s built-in image editor for you to add arrows, annotations and many image effects. Snagit offers a free trial and can be purchased for US$49.95.

Snagit

Download Snagit (Trial) | Price: $49.95

Which tool do you use to take screenshots in Windows? Please share with us using the comments section below.

15 comments

  1. Nice post you may try this simple and more customization windows snap utility http://goo.gl/U4wAU

  2. FastStone Capture (http://www.faststone.org/FSCaptureDetail.htm)  should be up there as well… It is a great product that I have used for years. I was a SnagIt customer many years ago but got fed up with the bloat and the rising cost of the product.. FastStone Capture is nice and light and has all of the features I need. $19.99 for a lifetime license.

    • Exact same story for me, spent good money on Snagit and uninstalled it for FastStone, only I’m using an old, free and portable version of FastStone – 5.3 – which is still available and wonderfully functional. I love portable for all the reasons I can’t stand bloat.

  3. You forgot to precise that jing allow in the free version to create custom button for uploading to a ftp for example and custom creation of url.

  4. In Windows:
    Print Screen grabs the whole desktop
    Alt+Print Screen grabs active window

  5. Best tool I’ve found is CaptureWizPro – disappointing to see that it is not on the list.  The most convenient to use out of all the programs mentioned.  And it can also capture video.

  6. Thank you – I have been looking for an easy screen shot application.  Now I will be able to offer better instructions to my students.

  7. My favorite is Print Screen from American Systems.  Hot Key, several capture choices, edit, add text & graphics, and save and print anywhere.  Screenshot Capture is another consideration.

  8. These are very nice, I like Greenshot a lot. I have it installed on both m WIndows systems.

    Apple’s OSX has this capability built in and has for years. On my iMac for example, I have it set to a single F-keys. One for the entire screen and one to select a specific area. On my Mac laptop, I haven’t bothered as I rarely need it there.

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