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Screen Capture and Screen Print

Updated on July 9, 2016
PrtScr for clever snipping...
PrtScr for clever snipping...

Need to grab an image from your computer screen and print it? ... Email it? ... insert it in a document? There are lots of solutions out there for this problem and I think I've tried them all! Which ones do I use and recommend?

My current favorites are PrtScr and PrintKey.

I like PrtScr for its flexiblity when I'm putting together a procedure document to show a client how-to do something on their computer.

I like PrintKey for installing on client PCs for a simple grab and print or Email utility.

Note the optional overlaid URL...
Note the optional overlaid URL...

PrtScr - my current favorite toy

I am currently using PrtScr on my office desktop PC. I like it because it works well on overlaid screens, and for layered drop-down menus. This feature makes it great for creating how-to's and procedure douments where I want to show how to step through a process. It also gives me boxed or free-form clipping choices. This adds a little variety to inserted clips.

Check it out here; download and try it and I'll bet you get attatched.

PrtScr, Recommended Utility

5 stars for PrtScr
PrintKey, free utility
PrintKey, free utility

PrintKey - my old faithful for client PCs

I have been installing this utility on client PCs for years. It is in my utility file folder on client servers so I can quickly install it for my use or for the desktop users if needed. The clients like it because it's easy for them to clip an error message or screen situation and Email it to me or print it for my review.

I haven't checked out the latest shareware version, PrintKey Pro. Here is a link if you are interested.

Cute video of PrtScreen in operation

Built-in Screen Capture on Windows 10

PrtScr slide show...

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Features list, snipped from PrtScr siteScreen with boxed area (in red)Ability to grab pull down menus is nice featureFree form selected areaPrtScr - how can you not like that logo?
Features list, snipped from PrtScr site
Features list, snipped from PrtScr site
Screen with boxed area (in red)
Screen with boxed area (in red)
Ability to grab pull down menus is nice feature
Ability to grab pull down menus is nice feature
Free form selected area
Free form selected area
PrtScr - how can you not like that logo?
PrtScr - how can you not like that logo?
Screenpresso is a portable app, with editing capabilities.
Screenpresso is a portable app, with editing capabilities.

Other choices worth looking into...

Screenpresso - There is a free versionand a Pro version. The free version collects usage statistics and ships them back to the vendor. The nice features here center around editing, after you make the snip. You can annotate, crop, blurr, stitch clips together... all nice features for the artist in you, but complicates the experience for the casual snipper.

Screenpresso is a portable application; it doesn't have to be installed.

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