Screen Capture -- software recommendation ?

I was thinking about using

Does anyone have a cheaper software
recommendation for basic screen capture
so I can add effects/etc ?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use SnagIt - Top of class and quite inexpensive. I highly recommend it.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
There are many programs, free and non-free, that can do what you want. An excellent free, open source one is Greenshot, published at SourceForge:

And here is its own website:

You can create screenshots of a selected region, a window, or screen. You can annotate, highlight, and redact screenshots.

Another free one is the Snipping Tool, which is built into Vista, W7, W8, and W10. You can set it up to launch on a hotkey by right-clicking on its shortcut in Accessories, then clicking the Shortcut tab, then enter the hotkey you want in the "Shortcut key:" box. I configured mine for the numeric keypad minus sign. That key is in the upper right on my keyboard and being able to tap that and have it bring up the Snipping Tool is really convenient. The Snipping Tool places the image on the clipboard and also has a Save As feature that lets you save it in several formats, including JPG and PNG. It doesn't support annotations, but you can use IrfanView for that (see below).

Another idea is to use the PrintScreen key (some keyboards call it PrntScrn, PrtSc, PS, etc.). Support for it is built into Windows. If you hit PrintScreen, it captures the entire screen; if you hit Alt-PrintScreen, it captures the focus (active) Window. Then you simply Paste (Ctrl-V) into any imaging program to crop it. IrfanView is excellent (free!) imaging software that I've been using for many years:

After using PrintScreen or Alt-PrintScreen to capture what you want, run IrfanView, hit Ctrl-V, then use the mouse to select the portion of the image you want, and click Edit>Crop Selection. Do a Save As to a JPG, BMP, PNG, or whatever format you prefer — IrfanView supports a wide range of graphics file formats. It also supports a large set of annotations with its Paint feature:

IrfanView Paint dialog
As you already know, a very popular non-free, but reasonably priced, one is TechSmith's Snagit:

Btw, here's a very interesting EE thread on the same subject that I participated in earlier this year:

Regards, Joe

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Any reason you don't just use the Included Windows tool, Snipping Tool.
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FOXActive Directory/Exchange EngineerCommented:
If you are running windows 7 and better it comes with the snipping tool baked right inside the OS, something you can use right away until you get the above mentioned softwares with all the bells and whistles.   In your windows search enter  snipping tool.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Lee and Foxluv,
finance_teacher wants to "add effects/etc", which I presume includes annotations, like text notes, circles/ellipses, squares/rectangles, etc. As I mentioned in my previous post, the Snipping Tool doesn't have annotations like that — it has only a color pen (various colors) and a yellow highlighter — which is why I mentioned using the Snipping Tool to capture the image, but then a different product, like IrfanView, to add "effects", i.e., robust annotations. Regards, Joe
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I skimmed over your comments (and everyone elses) and didn't see Snipping tool at the time.

ANYTHING can edit - Photoshop, Paint.NET, Gimp, Microsoft Paint, etc.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> I skimmed over your comments (and everyone elses) and didn't see Snipping tool at the time.

Fair enough.

> ANYTHING can edit - Photoshop, Paint.NET, Gimp, Microsoft Paint, etc.

I wouldn't say ANYTHING, but there are certainly lots of (free) imaging tools with a robust set of annotations. The bulk of the screenshots I post here at EE are captured with PrintScreen or Alt-PrintScreen (sometimes the Snipping Tool) and then cropped and/or annotated with IrfanView (sometimes other imaging programs, depending on the nature of the annotations). That said, I have found that lots of users like the self-contained (capture and edit) Greenshot. Regards, Joe
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Some other options are as follows:

1.  Jing from TechSmith which allows you to also make screen recording (i.e. video) from
2.  If you have OneNote installed then you could use Microsoft OneNote to take screen captures
3.  TinyTake from and video captures are limited to 5 mins
4.  Screencapturer from (have not tried it but I know a few people who use it)
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