Taking a screenshot for using it with tutorials or to show something to a friend is not as easy as one may think. But there applications to make it much easier than it currently is. Take a look at our list of top 5 screenshot capturing tools available for free.

1. Lightshot

This is number one, because I currently use this one. It doesn’t have a lot of features, but it does it’s job somewhat perfectly. Press “prntscr”, select the area, use the available tools to add text, draw rectangles, highlight, point to something using an arrow etc and upload/save the captured screenshot. If you chose to upload it, it will give you the link to the uploaded image to copy and share it. IMO it doesn’t get easier than this one.


2. Jing

Jing is the product of the company TechSmith, which produces one of the best ever screen recording tools, so it can’t go wrong. The application lets you capture and share both video and screenshots easily. The tool comes with smae basic but handy editing features as well.


3. PicPick

PicPick is another screenshot capture tool which is free yet packed with a lot of features. This tool has one of the best image editor tool. It comes with the abilities like  drawing, insert text, arrows, lines, shapes and balloon, highlight tool, crop, resize, rotate, invert, grayscale, mosaic frame,  watermark, blur, sharpen, brightness, hue / saturation & color balance. The application is free if you use it for home use.


4. Snappy

Another feature rich screenshot tool. But I must say this one took the game to a whole new level. You can set a time to take a screenshot is one feature which comes with this app. Another feature is set a predefined event on the app, so if that even occurs the screenshot will be taken. The supported events are Mouse Capture (capture screen at every mouse event) and Keyboard Capture (capture screen at every keyboard event). You can export the images to BMP, JPEG, PNG, PDF, XML and AVI. You can also save all pictures in a single PDF file or send them as email attachments. A little too much for a common man if you ask me!


5. Windows Snipping Tool

One can’t avoid the snipping tool which comes by default on Windows operating systems. It is so simple that people don’t mind its lack of features. You can’t upload the captured screenshot from the app itself, you can’t add text, but the sheer simplicity of the tool has made many fans for sure.

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