Taking a screenshot, annotate and insert it into your blog’s post to clear your points is an effective way to write better content for your site. Take a look at some free screenshot tools for Windows in this article.
Free Screenshot Tools for Windows 7/8 and Windows 10
1. Use Snipping tool
Snipping tool is a built-in program on your Windows PC. You don’t need to download and install it as it is already installed when your purchase Windows operating package. This tool can help taking screenshot of a window, a rectangular snip, a free form snip or entire screen. You can use its drawing pens to highlight the image after shooting. It is easy to use and suitable for making tutorial posts or software manual. Learn how to take screenshot with Snipping tool here.
In brief: Open the program from start menu, type Snipp… to find the app. Choose New on the tool bar. Remember to choose the drop down menu to use correct mode. Once you shot, you’ll need to save it to your computer.
2. Use ActivePresenter
When you need to deal with hundreds of image or annotate captured images with shapes, texts, numbers, arrows, lines and so on, Snipping tool will becomes ineffective. That’s when you need to download and install ActivePresenter – the best free screenshot tool for Windows. At first, you need to create a Blank project and start taking screenshot with mouse click or hotkey. Each image you captured will be displayed as a slide where you add hundreds of annotations into it. Learn how to record screen and take screenshot with ActivePresenter here.
In brief: Open the program, choose Blank Project-> Slide-> New Slide -> Annotation -> Image. Then you can capture as many screenshot as you want. When you have all images annotated, click Export project into images. That’s fast and simple.
3. Use Icecream
If you need to take screenshot faster with real-time drawing tools, ready-to-use set of numbers, text, arrows and callouts, Icecream is another great option you can use. Although Icecream can’t be compared with ActivePresenter in terms of recording video and creating interactive HTML5 content, its free screenshot tools can be used to create professional how-to post with minimum effort. Read our review about Icecream here!
In brief: From the toolbar, choose Screenshot. The drop down menu will give you some option to capture full screen or a part. Before shooting, remember to set up output format in PNG or JPEG. If you want to add annotations like numbers, texts, you’ll to do it before you click capture as Icecream doesn’t have an image editor like ActivePresenter or Snipping tool.
Next Up: How To Take Screenshot on Windows Video Tutorial
Check out following video to see how these tools work. You’ll find it very easy to follow. There is no big deal here. Enjoy it!
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