marks on screenshots

gudii9 used Ask the Experts™
how to mark screenshot with tick marks and arrows and cross marks and arrows something like as attached to send that updated imageg in email.

any free open source tools to do these types of effective presentations

any resources, videos highly appreciated

thanks in advance
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Sam JacobsDirector of Technology Development, IPM

The Snipping Tool in WIndows provides basic markup capability.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
Most Valuable Expert 2012
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I use SnagIt for this. Top notch software, not expensive at all, and EE is littered with my marked up screen shots all done with SnagIt

Save the result as PNG (or JPG if you wish) and send by email. I do that as well.

Snippy in Windows before Windows 10 V1809 or Snip and Sketch is another possibility but I like SnagIt much better as it is more comprehensive.

TechSmith software.

Note:  All the markups in in the article below all done with Snagit
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Sam JacobsDirector of Technology Development, IPM

Yep ... I agree with John ...
I use SnagIt every single day ... can't get any better software. Definitely worth the price.
If you want some other free alternatives, check out:
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi gudii9,
As you can see in my profile, I've published almost 100 articles and videos here at Experts Exchange, nearly all with lots of screenshots, many of which have various annotations, such as text, arrows, ovals/circles, squares/rectangles, etc. Here is just one example of an article (my most recent):
How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2019

And just one example of a video (also my most recent...the screenshots are in the Steps below the video):
How to put a date-time stamp on a PDF file with free software - Foxit Reader

Look at my other articles and videos for more examples.

Most of those screenshots and annotations were done with the PrintScreen key (captures the entire screen...all screens in a multi-monitor config) or the Alt+PrintScreen key (captures just the active/focus window) to put the screenshot on the clipboard and then pasted into the superb (and free!) IrfanView. It has a Paint dialog that looks like this:

IrfanView Paint dialog
In addition to articles and videos, many of my posts have screenshots, such as the above, also done with IrfanView (usually), and often annotated via its Paint dialog. Also, see Andrew's article for more on IrfanView.

Another idea is the excellent (also free!) Greenshot. It is a tool much like Snagit that combines the screen capture and annotations into a single utility. Regards, Joe
Rob HensonFinance Analyst

For totally free, there's always the Print Screen button which copies screen to the clipboard and then paste into free image software eg Paint or for addition of shapes and text. allows for layers so the base image can be maintained.

One issue I have often seen with Print Screen; if you have multiple monitors, it will print screen the whole desktop not just the active screen.

If you don't want the whole screen, Windows SnipIt allows for copying the snipped image which can then can be pasted into Paint etc.
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Kathy JacobsSocial media geek

Ducking in to add my vote for Snagit from Techsmith. Not free, but extremely cheap. I live in it. Easy to use, but full featured. Love it.

If you want something free and fairly basic, check into TechSmith's Jing. You can think of it as Snagit's younger sibling.
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i also use Paint a lot for that
note that you have a pen and marker tool in the snipping tool also

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