We’ve all had to take screenshots for something—whether it’s for a presentation, procedures documentation, or to send as a link to an office buddy for a laugh. Yet so often, we need to bust out our Google search skills just to remind ourselves the easiest way to make those screenshots happen.
Well, not anymore! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite screenshot-taking tools so you won’t have to worry about how to forever record that photo of your boss in a tutu at the company party before she takes it down.
Nimbus Screenshot not only boasts a 4.5 star rating (with nearly 900 reviews), but is remarkably simple to use. This solution only comes in the form of a Firefox plugin or a Chrome extension. Once you add the software, click the icon in the top right corner of the browser and select the capture option you want to use. You can take a full capture of the page or select only the area you need to share.
Once you select the area you want captured, you can choose to edit the screenshot or simply download the image immediately. Check out some of the edit capabilities from the sample snapshot I did.
If you’re an Evernote user, you’ll probably want to get your hands on this baby. Extensions are available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and IE7+. Not only can you quickly and easily snap a screenshot, but you can annotate it (attractively) and send it automatically to the Evernote Notebook of your choice. Plus, once it’s saved, you can share it in any way that is easiest for you!
Keep in mind that you do need to have an Evernote account to use the Web Clipper, but even their free account can be life-changing, so I like to think it’s worth it. Check out what happened when I used the Evernote Web Clipper to take a screenshot:
One downside of using extensions like Nimbus Screenshot or the Evernote Web Clipper is that they’re limited to taking screenshots from your browser program window only. So, if you have the need to capture desktop activities, you’ll want to look into Skitch, a Screenshot app for your desktop.
It does require downloading and installing, but from there you can log into your Evernote account and all screenshots will autosave to your account. If you’re not an Evernote user, fear not! While your screenshots won’t autosave, you can still use Skitch to your heart’s content. Just remember to manually save your screenshots when they’re ready.
With most of the same function as the Web Clipper, Skitch allows you to expand on what you can already do in your browser to your full desktop. When you’re done, you can save to your Evernote or share directly. Pretty handy, if I say so myself!
If you’re a Windows 7 or 8 user, you can take your desktop screenshots to the next level with TinyTake. Not only can you take screenshots and annotate them like the other solutions, but TinyTake allows you to record video.
Seriously. How cool and handy is that?
You do have to install TinyTake on your computer directly (Warning: While the installation process was easy, it was a bit on the slow side, to be honest). Once it’s installed, all you have to do is hit ALT+V to record video. You can even capture video from your webcam. It’s nuts.
My favorite part of it is that once you create your free account, you’re given a custom subdomain where they’ll host all your screen captures. Too cool!
And before you ask, yes. I took a screenshot of a screenshot. Both using TinyTake.
Wondering how I managed to take screenshots of me using screenshot tools? A handy little thing called native screenshot tools!
All Windows and Apple machines have built-in screenshot options for you to use, but they aren’t quite as fancy as some of these browser extensions and apps. You can’t annotate or directly share a link, but you also don’t have to worry about weighing down your computer (or browser) with even more software and extensions.
When using Windows, simply press the “Print Screen” or “PrtSc” key on your keyboard. That’s it! It automatically captures your full desktop screen and copies the image to your clipboard. You will need to paste it into Photoshop or (let’s be honest here) Paint. If you use Dropbox, you can set it up so anytime you “print” your screen, it will save as an image file to your Dropbox account.
When using an Apple computer, you have a few options. Take a screenshot of your full desktop by typing Command+Shift+3. This will automatically save the image file to your desktop. Use Command+Shift+4 to select a section of your desktop to capture. Again, you’ll find the file on your desktop immediate after. Finally, you can take a screenshot of a full, single window on your desktop by using Command+Shift+4, then hitting the Spacebar, and finally clicking on the window you’d like to capture.
Now that you know a few of your options, feel free to play around with these tools and find the one that best suits you!
What screenshot tools have you used in the past?