We can all agree that computers have become an integral part of the modern world, and more and more of us are spending a significant part of the day behind the screen. Whether it’s for work, online video games, or anything else, we often need to take a screenshot.
Every modern, and most antique keyboard, has a special button, Print Screen, reserved for making screenshots. By simply pressing this button, your screen will be captured, and you can then open that image in, say, Paint or Photoshop and then edit it at will.
However, there is a much better and simpler way to capture a screen and edit that image quickly and before you even save it. Introducing Lightshot, a free program for making screenshots that works on Windows 7, 8, 10, Linux, macOS, as well as an extension for Google Chrome.
How does Lightshot work?
Installing Lightshot is very simple and the program will not try to force any additional programs, so you can simply just click on Next. When you have completed the installation and started the program, its icon will appear in the System Tray (lower right corner of the screen, next to the clock).
What is interesting is that Lightshot does not have a program menu, but when you click on its icon, it will start making a screenshot. Of course, you can also do this by pressing the Print Screen button on the keyboard, and you can change this shortcut in the settings.
You noticed we didn’t say that a screenshot would be taken, but that it would just start taking a screenshot. This is because when you click on the program icon or press a keyboard shortcut, your screen will darken, and you then need to use the mouse to select which part of the screen should be captured in the screenshot. A very handy option when you want to screenshot only a part of the screen, which is, in our experience, in most cases.
When you choose which part of the screen you want to capture, then the best of Lightshot comes into play. Namely, a menu will appear that offers us several extremely useful options for editing the image. Here we have a pencil with which we can draw freely, and we also have the option to type text using the keyboard, we can mark, underline or frame something in the picture and the option we like best, to make an arrow pointing to a certain part of the picture. For all these options, we are free to choose any color.
When we have finished editing the image, we can save the file on our computer, but also share it on social networks, on Google Drive, or send it for printing, all in just a few clicks directly from this menu.
Lightshot is one of the best programs for making screenshots and it absolutely gets our recommendation. If you need a quality screenshot program, you will hardly find a better one than this.
Windows 7, 8, 10, Linux, macOS, and Google Chrome extension