Have you ever needed to show someone a screenshot, but the basic printscreen function just wasn’t cutting it? Generally when you use the printscreen function, it will do exactly what you ask: it prints the screen either to the clipboard, or sometimes your default printer. Sure you can use alt-printscreen to focus only on the current window, but what if there’s still a bunch of clutter on the current window that doesn’t need to be shared?
Luckily there is a better way! There is a program called Greenshot. This program provides quite a number of tools to enhance your screenshots and better relay information to your audience. Greenshot is a free, open source program for Windows operation systems (sorry Mac users!) and very simple to install. Better yet, in the months I’ve used the program, there have been no ill effects of installing it. Remember open source DOES NOT automatically mean it’s a virus! Do a bit of research, and make sure you download installers from the programmer directly if possible.
Now onto the reasons why Greenshot is so handy! Once you’ve installed Greenshot, and have it open it will replace the functionality of your print screen (prt sc) button. This means you only have to hit printscreen to start making awesome screenshots. Once you hit print screen you will get a cursor which you can then click, and highlight the section of your screen you want to take a screenshot of.
Once you have made your selection, a small window will popup that will ask you to select from many options for editing your screenshot.
Your options are:
Overall the most useful tool I’ve found with Greenshot is the image editor. I’ve created a lot of documentation in my jobs, and I’ve found that adding arrows pointing to where someone needs to click,or small bits of text provides a much better experience for the end user. It really helps you get the point of your screenshot across, and will hopefully cut down on repetitive questions you may receive!
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