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TallGuyJohninBKK

Do you have a favorite "print screen" app/method for your PC?

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23 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

More recently, as PSD became unsatisfactory, I searched around and came upon a free Windows program called Greenshot, which provides those same kinds of features, but has been updated to work in the Win 10 world.  Only problem is, on at least on one of my Win 10 PCs, it too often seems to be freezing up my PC and the app itself when I go to use it, not sure why...

 

I should add, of all the printscreen programs and apps I've tried thus far, the one that works the smoothest, quickest and cleanest with the most powerful range of choices to set as defaults is the free Greenshot program.

 

I noticed in my original post, I didn't include a link to that program, so I'll do that here now:

 

https://getgreenshot.org/

 

Greenshot has/had been working flawlessly on my former 32-bit Win 10 desktop for many months as my go-to printscreen choice. But for reasons I can't figure, at the same time, it was constantly causing freezeups on my 64-bit Win 10 laptop. I don't know if that's an issue with my laptop or with the program itself. [Unfortunately last week, my main hard drive in my desktop died, so I had to replace the hard disk and reinstall Windows, which I did with the 64-bit version. So now I guess I need to give Greenshot another try on my new 64-bit desktop, and see if it runs OK or shows the same problems as my 64-bit laptop OS.]

 

That aside, there are a lot of features to really like about this program, the main ones for me being, the ability to set the program to do basically one-click automated file saves and file prints -- no multiple menus, multiple screen, typing in file names, print screen dialog boxes, if you don't want them. For ultimate ease, it can be just hit the Print Screen button, select your area, and choose your output option from a context menu. That's it, everything else is automatic and happens by itself.

 

If you want the program to basically do everything by itself, you can set it that way in the settings, and then when you hit the Print Screen button and select an area, you automatically get this pop-up menu, click to choose your output option, and you're done!!!

 

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You can have options for outputting the file in a particular way each time (the top "select destination dynamically" option), or just set in Settings what you want to happen automatically every time you do a Print Screen, as with the different choices below, so there are no further clicks or commands required:

 

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Same with its printing options in Settings:

 

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As you can see at the bottom of the above image, you can have the program give you this full menu of printing style choices each time you want to print a screen, or by unchecking the box at the bottom, you can just make your style/printing selections with the above checkboxes and Greenshot will just follow those settings automatically each time without you having to do anything other than choose Print!

 

(The above options for automatically enlarging, shrinking or centering the printout on the page come in very handy--and those aren't features I saw so readily available or at all in the other programs.)

 

All of the above are the kinds of control options -- and the ability to minimize the number of clicks and menus and choices to make -- that are available each time you go to do a Greenshot Print Screen or save.

 

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1 hour ago, lopburi3 said:

 

Looks like it's compatible with various browsers:

 

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But a bit pricey for a screen capture utility...

 

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23 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

So the questions are, are any of you out there also PC content clippers (screen capture/print screen), and if so, what's your preferred method(s) of saving a clip to your PC and/or printing out that clip?   Thanks!!

I press the 'print screen' button on my keyboard (next to F12), then paste it into photoshop, or paint.

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1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

I press the 'print screen' button on my keyboard, then paste it into photoshop, or paint.

 

When I'm using the Print Screen function, I'm usually wanting to do one of two things:

1. quickly save the screen capture as a file to my desktop.

or

2. quickly print out the screen capture on paper.

 

For both of those purposes, having to diddle with copying and pasting each image into a separate app and then saving or printing from there would be time consuming and a hassle. Especially when various of the above solutions are much quicker/more direct and include their own image editing functions built into the programs.

 

Same reasons I'm not interesting in using MS's own balky "Snipping Tool" or "Snip and Sketch" applet.

 

But if that approach works for your purposes, that's great!  I clip a lot using Print Screen, so I'm especially conscious of minimizing the time and clicks it takes to accomplish each capture.

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Does the "free" program stop working after a month's use?

Well, I just checked the date on the executable, it's November 2011.

If there was an expiration I would think it would have kicked in by now.

 

 

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15 hours ago, balo said:

I just use the built in Snipping tool on Windows.  You can open it from one of your F-keys so you don't have to look for it every time. 

 

Very easy to use really, I don't see the need for anything else just to save 2-3 seconds.  

Me too, I added an icon on the bottom tray. 

 

I often use it to snip (capture) a model or graphic or photo and paste it direct into the body of an e.mail. So easy and quick.

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Sorry, couldn't be bothered to go through the thread or even read the OP.

 

The Opera Browser has this function built-in. Ctrl + Shift + 5

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8 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

But a bit pricey for a screen capture utility...

Mine is free - believe that must be for using advanced type settings.  

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5 hours ago, KneeDeep said:

Sorry, couldn't be bothered to go through the thread or even read the OP.

 

The Opera Browser has this function built-in. Ctrl + Shift + 5

 

So does Firefox, hidden underneath a three dots menu in the browser search box area. But it's balky, slow to use, and almost no control options, more limited that even the browser add-on solutions that have been mentioned above. Plus, no direct print command, and a complicated multi-step process just to save a file to your desktop.  It's miserable. The built-in Firefox version, that is....

 

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6 hours ago, KneeDeep said:

Sorry, couldn't be bothered to go through the thread or even read the OP.

 

The Opera Browser has this function built-in. Ctrl + Shift + 5

 

Weird... I don't use Opera that much, but I do have it on my PC. Tried your approach above. As best as I can tell, there's no icon or menu based access to trigger that command. It looks like you have to use the keyboard shortcut in order to activate it. But it is listed under Basic Keyboard Shortcuts way down in Opera's settings menu.

 

For me, it works a whole lot more smoothly and less balky that the Firefox equivalent. But like a lot of the built-in browser solutions, suffers from a lack of controls and settings capability, including as best as I can see, no direct, one click option print out the screen capture once it's been captured. The Cntrl P command doesn't work in that screen, nor is there a right click context menu Print command avail.

 

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+1 for Greenshot

 

I use a lot of screen captured shots for reports and presentations. Yes I could use the built in feature 'Snip & Sketch' but the capture quality isn't as good as Greenshot. It's free so no harm.

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Overall, I'd just like to say a very sincere THANKS to all those who have responded in this thread, and for all the various suggestions offered above. Some I like, some I don't, but what works for one person doesn't work for another. So it's great to see all the different approaches to choose from.

 

A while back, I did an internet search for print screen apps/programs, and came up with a review article list of a half dozen or so, which I thought was going to be enough to find a good solution. Greenshot was among them, and I believe one other mentioned earlier in this thread. But most of the apps and solutions mentioned above weren't on the review list I saw at all, and some I've never even heard of before. So it was really great to have my horizons widened on this!!!

 

Right now, after considering all the comments/suggestions above, I'm sticking with Greenshot on my (now 64-bit OS) Windows 10 desktop to see if it works smoothly or has any of the freeze-up problems that were occurring on my 64-bit Windows 10 laptop with that program. I really do think Greenshot is probably the most powerful, quick, configurable solution among all those I've tried thus far.

 

But on my laptop, where Greenshot was causing problems, right now I'm going to give the oddly named Duck Link Screen Capture program a try, so thanks to Bendejo for the suggestion... It's also free, and while not as powerful or configurable as Greenshot, it also has the two critical features I really want, being once a screen capture area has been selected, simple one click access to either save or print it, without multi step processes or manual file name typing, etc etc.

 

So again, thanks to all!!! Learned a lot here!  There was a similar thread a couple years back here on TVF that I read before starting this one, and pretty much the only comment responses were to use the Windows built-in screen capture tool.  Thankfully, this thread has gone far beyond that!

 

 

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