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What's your screenshotting tool of choice, and why?

Please also include a link to the website or where you can download it, as well as what platforms it's available on (if that's easy to find out).

44 comments

  1. [10]
    emdash
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    All these comments kind of make me think macOS is the only OS that ships with a decent screenshot tool built in! ⌘+Shift+3 for a whole desktop screenshot, ⌘+Shift+4 to select a portion of the...

    All these comments kind of make me think macOS is the only OS that ships with a decent screenshot tool built in! ⌘+Shift+3 for a whole desktop screenshot, ⌘+Shift+4 to select a portion of the screen, ⌘+Shift+5 to screenshot a window, and include some beautiful alpha transparency in the background, ⌘+Shift+6 to screenshot your TouchBar if you're on a MacBook Pro.

    You'll also get this native functionality to record your screen in a multitude of different ways with ⌘+Shift+5, if you're on Mojave or later.

    And for GIFs, there's always Gifox!

    17 votes
    1. vegai
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      I agree that macOS is lightyears ahead in this, but Gnome's screenshotter tool is not too bad. And it's kinda "built in" if your poison is Gnome.

      I agree that macOS is lightyears ahead in this, but Gnome's screenshotter tool is not too bad. And it's kinda "built in" if your poison is Gnome.

      3 votes
    2. [8]
      cwagner
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      Print for whole screen(s), Alt+Print for current window, Win+Shift+S for a selection and afterwards markup tool. Windows 10 has pretty much everything I need for screenshots built in.

      Print for whole screen(s), Alt+Print for current window, Win+Shift+S for a selection and afterwards markup tool. Windows 10 has pretty much everything I need for screenshots built in.

      3 votes
      1. [7]
        emdash
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        The UX for that functionality isn't nearly as nicely polished as what's present on a Mac, and snipping tool is a UI disaster, IMO. You may not care about that though, so YMMV.

        The UX for that functionality isn't nearly as nicely polished as what's present on a Mac, and snipping tool is a UI disaster, IMO. You may not care about that though, so YMMV.

        1. cwagner
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          Besides the annoying few ms delay, what’s a disaster about it (both UX and UI-wise)?

          and snipping tool is a UI disaster, IMO

          Besides the annoying few ms delay, what’s a disaster about it (both UX and UI-wise)?

          3 votes
        2. [5]
          Grzmot
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          Snipping tool has been replaced by Snip & Sketch. You're working off old information.

          Snipping tool has been replaced by Snip & Sketch. You're working off old information.

          3 votes
          1. [4]
            OGWhales
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            What's the major difference? From what I can tell it's basically the same thing in a new skin but I can now do multiple screenshots at once and deal with them later. Otherwise seems mostly the same

            What's the major difference? From what I can tell it's basically the same thing in a new skin but I can now do multiple screenshots at once and deal with them later. Otherwise seems mostly the same

            1. Grzmot
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              You can directly start cropping or screenshotting after pressing Win+Shift+S.

              You can directly start cropping or screenshotting after pressing Win+Shift+S.

              2 votes
            2. [2]
              Weldawadyathink
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              Hit keycombo, drag area, screenshot is now in clipboard. Click notification to open with paint. What else do you need from a screenshot program? Snip and sketch fixes any ui issues with the old...

              Hit keycombo, drag area, screenshot is now in clipboard. Click notification to open with paint. What else do you need from a screenshot program? Snip and sketch fixes any ui issues with the old snipping tool.

              1 vote
              1. OGWhales
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                Gotcha. I was just asking since I only learned about it from this thread. I was still pulling up the snipping tool via windows key and then typing 's' and was content with that. Only thing else...

                Gotcha. I was just asking since I only learned about it from this thread. I was still pulling up the snipping tool via windows key and then typing 's' and was content with that.

                Only thing else I'd like is a scrolling screenshot. But I just use the browser screenshot functionality to do this as I only occasionally need this for web pages.

  2. [3]
    Diff
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    Just the built in GNOME screenshot functionality does everything I need it to on Linux. PrtScr for the whole screen, Ctrl+PrtScr for the active window, Shift+PrtScr to select an area, with no...

    Just the built in GNOME screenshot functionality does everything I need it to on Linux. PrtScr for the whole screen, Ctrl+PrtScr for the active window, Shift+PrtScr to select an area, with no extra software needed. On macOS there's a similar set of commands I can never remember. I think Shift+Command+5 is the one that pops up a little bar with buttons for screen, window, area, and screen recording.

    Basically when it comes to non-Windows OSes, the built-in screenshotter is all I've ever needed. Windows has the snipping tool, does it tie into PrtScr at all now?

    15 votes
    1. [2]
      wakamex
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      my only gripe is being unable to disable the shutter sound and flash in gnome-screenshot. basically disallows running silent snaps in the background. switched to maim for that.

      my only gripe is being unable to disable the shutter sound and flash in gnome-screenshot. basically disallows running silent snaps in the background. switched to maim for that.

      1. Diff
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        You can disable the sound by taking away the sound file it tries to play (/usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/camera-shutter.oga) but yeah AFAIK there's nothing you can do to get rid of the flash...

        You can disable the sound by taking away the sound file it tries to play (/usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/camera-shutter.oga) but yeah AFAIK there's nothing you can do to get rid of the flash without getting your hands dirty.

        4 votes
  3. [3]
    Leonidas
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    On Windows 10, I've been using Greenshot and found it to be simple and functional. Pressing PrtScr now opens up an area selector, and the image can be sent to a variety of locations, including a...

    On Windows 10, I've been using Greenshot and found it to be simple and functional. Pressing PrtScr now opens up an area selector, and the image can be sent to a variety of locations, including a preset folder, MS Paint, and the clipboard. I've gotten a lot of good use out of it.

    12 votes
    1. wundumguy
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      Hands down the best screenshot tool on the net. I've even donated because it's so good

      Hands down the best screenshot tool on the net. I've even donated because it's so good

      3 votes
    2. ThatFanficGuy
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      I've reconfigured my hotkeys to Ctrl+PrtSc being "capture the area I'm about to define", and Alt+PrtSc being "capture (a part of) the window". The latter is surprisingly-intelligent: I can capture...

      I've reconfigured my hotkeys to Ctrl+PrtSc being "capture the area I'm about to define", and Alt+PrtSc being "capture (a part of) the window".

      The latter is surprisingly-intelligent: I can capture the whole fullscreen browser window, or only the site-displaying part. I can capture the whole Task Manager window, or only the processes-displaying part.

      PrtSc is still PrtSc, though worked with through Greenshot.

      You can even upload directly to Imgur, if you ever need to share the image.

      It's excellent. If there's a better tool, I'm eager to see it.

      2 votes
  4. [2]
    DanBC
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    Windows 10: I use either "Snip and sketch" (shift + windows key + S) or I use Snipping Tool (which is the previous version of snip and sketch). I use this because it's easy and does everything I need.

    Windows 10: I use either "Snip and sketch" (shift + windows key + S) or I use Snipping Tool (which is the previous version of snip and sketch). I use this because it's easy and does everything I need.

    11 votes
    1. aymm
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      On newer versions (starting with 1903 I think) snip and sketch opens when hitting the "print" key too

      On newer versions (starting with 1903 I think) snip and sketch opens when hitting the "print" key too

      1 vote
  5. [2]
    Keegan
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    When on the web, I use Firefox Screenshots because of convenience and I like the abilities to select only certain elements. For other applications I just use snipping tool on Windows.🤷♂️

    When on the web, I use Firefox Screenshots because of convenience and I like the abilities to select only certain elements.

    For other applications I just use snipping tool on Windows.🤷‍♂️

    6 votes
    1. Dobbie03
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      Me too, super handy for those in-browser screenshots.

      When on the web, I use Firefox Screenshots because of convenience

      Me too, super handy for those in-browser screenshots.

      2 votes
  6. [3]
    sron
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    On Windows I use ShareX and on Android (the screen recording features and customisability are nice), Firefox ScreenshotGo

    On Windows I use ShareX and on Android (the screen recording features and customisability are nice), Firefox ScreenshotGo

    6 votes
    1. ThyMrMan
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      I back ShareX fully, it is super powerful with so many abilities. Though most of it I essentially never use, along with some of the tools it includes I never use. But at least I know where to get...

      I back ShareX fully, it is super powerful with so many abilities. Though most of it I essentially never use, along with some of the tools it includes I never use. But at least I know where to get some of them if I need them.

      2 votes
    2. toly
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      The best part is that ShareX is great without any tweaking, but once you start customizing it becomes super powerful. Need to screenshot and save each time? Ok. Need to screenshot edit and copy...

      The best part is that ShareX is great without any tweaking, but once you start customizing it becomes super powerful. Need to screenshot and save each time? Ok. Need to screenshot edit and copy the edited file to the clipboard automatically? Sure. Need to record a GIF to illustrate how something works when a simple screenshot won't work? Yep.

      I love the fact that it's tools also look really professional when editing a screenshot. I've used the Windows Snip and Sketch but it's only really useful for capturing a picture of the screen without making any edits or arrows afterwards. Greenshot is more fully featured but its tools makes the final result look like it was done in Paint which is fine for personal use but when you're putting together anything that needs to look more polished it falls super short.

      ShareX 10/10 would recommend again.

  7. Soptik
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    Flameshot when I need to get one part of the screen, otherwise I use main. It's cli tool, but I have custom config that takes screenshot with the PrintScreen key. When I press Shift+PrtScr, the...

    Gnome screenshot Flameshot when I need to get one part of the screen, otherwise I use main.

    It's cli tool, but I have custom config that takes screenshot with the PrintScreen key. When I press Shift+PrtScr, the screenshot is saved into clipboard instead of file. Ctrl+PrtScr finds currently focused window and screenshots only the window. And Shift+Ctrl+PrtScr does both, saving screenshot of currently active window into clipboard.

    5 votes
  8. [2]
    lamelos
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    For Linux I'm quite happy with Flameshot, particularly the annotation/masking features.

    For Linux I'm quite happy with Flameshot, particularly the annotation/masking features.

    5 votes
    1. Soptik
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      Flameshot looks really nice! Thanks, I just replaced Gnome Screenshots. The annotation looks really great.

      Flameshot looks really nice! Thanks, I just replaced Gnome Screenshots. The annotation looks really great.

      2 votes
  9. [2]
    gpl
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    On ArchLinux I use ImageMagick, which is pretty simply and lightweight. I think it is available for most Linux distributions as well. Download (Arch package)

    On ArchLinux I use ImageMagick, which is pretty simply and lightweight. I think it is available for most Linux distributions as well.

    Download (Arch package)

    4 votes
    1. mxuribe
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      I've traditionally used whatever built-in app came with whatever OS i happened to be using - which for needs always sufficed. But i never knew imagemacgick can do this! TIL! I've used imagemagick...

      I've traditionally used whatever built-in app came with whatever OS i happened to be using - which for needs always sufficed. But i never knew imagemacgick can do this! TIL!

      I've used imagemagick in the past for simple file conversions and such from the command line, but never really dove deep into it...Wow, it does screenshots too! I just did a search for how to actually do it, and its so simple (one example i used: https://coderwall.com/p/ooal_g/take-a-screenshot-from-commandline ) This is my new tool - at least if I'm command line mode! Thanks for sharing!!!

      2 votes
  10. [4]
    mftrhu
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    99% of the time, the window I'm working on fills my screen: I just use scrot via dmenu, seldom bothering with flags to do anything fancy.

    99% of the time, the window I'm working on fills my screen: I just use scrot via dmenu, seldom bothering with flags to do anything fancy.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      whbboyd
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      I almost always scrot -s (for "select"), which will either grab the window under the cursor if you click or a rectangular region if you drag. scrot is just about the simplest tool that's...

      I almost always scrot -s (for "select"), which will either grab the window under the cursor if you click or a rectangular region if you drag.

      scrot is just about the simplest tool that's sufficiently functional, which makes it exactly the tool I want.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        arp242
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        I switched from scrot to xscreen a while ago, which is essentially a simpler version (and mostly compatible): https://git.porkepik.fr/xscreen/

        I switched from scrot to xscreen a while ago, which is essentially a simpler version (and mostly compatible): https://git.porkepik.fr/xscreen/

        1. whbboyd
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          Not packaged in Debian is a hard pass from me, and I doubt I'd see any reason to switch, but that looks interesting.

          Not packaged in Debian is a hard pass from me, and I doubt I'd see any reason to switch, but that looks interesting.

  11. hungariantoast
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    On Linux I use Flameshot, because it "just works" and has a lot of neat features. On Windows I just use the built-in screenshot/snippet tool, which is accessed via the keyboard shortcut...

    On Linux I use Flameshot, because it "just works" and has a lot of neat features.

    On Windows I just use the built-in screenshot/snippet tool, which is accessed via the keyboard shortcut OS+Shift+S.

    The Windows tool has the usual stuff, like being able to draw a bounding box on the screen to select a small area to capture, as well as fullscreen and window specific screenshots. What I didn't know until a few months ago though, is that there is also a lasso mode. It allows you to "freehand" or "draw" a selection shape around whatever you want to capture instead of being limited to just a box.

    I don't use it that often, since I only use Windows for playing games, but the lasso selector is the one thing I wish Flameshot had.

    3 votes
  12. PahoojyMan
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    Snagit. Lets me select an area of the screen to copy. Then in the editor I can quickly cut out segments, add highlighted areas, shapes, etc. which I regularly need for work. It keeps all of the...

    Snagit.

    Lets me select an area of the screen to copy. Then in the editor I can quickly cut out segments, add highlighted areas, shapes, etc. which I regularly need for work. It keeps all of the screenshots for future reference as well.

    3 votes
  13. asoftbird
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    I'm fully accustomed to alt+printscreen > press hotkey on mouse to open mspaint.exe and paste. Then I can just crop to what I need and probably paste it into put.re if I need an url or directly...

    I'm fully accustomed to alt+printscreen > press hotkey on mouse to open mspaint.exe and paste. Then I can just crop to what I need and probably paste it into put.re if I need an url or directly into discord.

    It might sound like unnecessary effort but it's actually pretty fast and easier to use than snip tool imo.

    2 votes
  14. Gaywallet
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    Most of the time I simply use print screen or alt+print screen and open paint to manipulate. Sometimes at work I'll use snagit because it has a ton of options (such as scrolling capture) and an...

    Most of the time I simply use print screen or alt+print screen and open paint to manipulate. Sometimes at work I'll use snagit because it has a ton of options (such as scrolling capture) and an editor with the kind of easy-access functionality I'm usually looking for at work, such as putting boxes around objects I want to draw attention to and being able to draw arrows with a single click.

    2 votes
  15. refi64
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    I just use GNOME's built-in screenshot keybinds for Linux and the new snipping tool for Windows.

    I just use GNOME's built-in screenshot keybinds for Linux and the new snipping tool for Windows.

    2 votes
  16. mrbig
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    Xfce-screenshooter. Simple with just enough functions and it always works.

    Xfce-screenshooter. Simple with just enough functions and it always works.

    1 vote
  17. clone1
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    I have a hotkey to use scrot and upload to 0x0.st

    I have a hotkey to use scrot and upload to 0x0.st

    1 vote
  18. Jedi
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    On Chrome OS I use the default shortcuts: Ctrl + []]] for fullscreen screenshot, Ctrl + Shift + []]] for snipping. It's quite convenient.

    On Chrome OS I use the default shortcuts: Ctrl + []]] for fullscreen screenshot, Ctrl + Shift + []]] for snipping. It's quite convenient.

    1 vote
  19. tildez
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    On MacOS, I use Monosnap. I have it configured to upload screenshots directly to an s3 bucket and copy the url to my clipboard.

    On MacOS, I use Monosnap. I have it configured to upload screenshots directly to an s3 bucket and copy the url to my clipboard.

    1 vote
  20. blanknam3d
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    On Windows 10, I either use Lightshot or the built-in Snip & Sketch tool. Most of the time I use Snip & Sketch to take quick screencaps for discussions I'm in, however, if I'm not in a chatroom...

    On Windows 10, I either use Lightshot or the built-in Snip & Sketch tool. Most of the time I use Snip & Sketch to take quick screencaps for discussions I'm in, however, if I'm not in a chatroom that allows file uploads or I am posting online, I use Lightshot.

    On Ubuntu: I use some screenshot app that I can't recall the name of that auto-uploads your screenshots to Imgur.

    1 vote