If you are a blogger, content writer, or anyone involved in taking screenshots on a regular basis, you’ll need a tool that isn’t expensive while at the same time offers enough flexibility to help you capture images the way you want them. If you are on the lookout for one such utility, you should give Greenshot a try.
Greenshot Screen Capture Tool
Greenshot is a free open source screen capture tool for Windows that lets you create screenshots of a selected region, a whole window, full screen, or even scrolling web pages (from IE), apart from offering some additional functionality such as annotation, highlights and obfuscation of your screenshot. You can also export your screenshots, save them, print them, email them or upload them to photo galleries such as Picasa and Flickr.
Download Greenshot from here and run the EXE file.
Follow the wizard to complete the installation. It should take just under a second or two to be done. The nice thing about the application is that it comes free of junk such as bundled software and unwanted toolbars.
Once the installation is complete, the Greenshot icon will get added to the notification bar. You can now get started with capturing your screenshots. You can right-click the icon, or if you want to drag on the screen to capture a region simply hit the Print screen button to start capturing your screenshots. If you are already using Print Screen as the hotkey on another application, you will be prompted to use another hotkey.
Right-clicking the icon in the notification bar will open up a contextual menu that will let you choose other capture options such as capturing the last region, the window, or full screen. There are also other settings that you can take a look at from this contextual menu such as your preferences, external commands, help and so on.
You can also make use of shortcuts to perform your operations. Using the Alt, Ctrl, and Shift functions in combination with Print Screen will let you perform different types of screen captures.
The screenshot above shows you the wide variety of options you have after you’ve captured your image. You can save your files, open them in an editor or in a number of Microsoft programs too.
SnagIT, the most popular and efficient screenshot capturing tool is definitely more robust and offers a lot of extra functionality, but it costs around $50 and for users who are not looking for heavy editing functionality in a screen capture tool, Greenshot is the ideal choice.