Essential Tools For Taking Screenshots

If you're a blogger, non-fiction writer or if you use social media regularly, you're bound to have used screenshots or screen-grabs at one time or another.

It used to be quite difficult to do this, but these days there are many great tools to make your images leap off the page.

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In this article and video, I'll demonstrate 3 x free services and my favourite, Snagit, which is a paid-for software.

Capture, Explain and Send Screenshots

Get it via the Chrome Web Store here
Capture,Explain and Send Screenshots

This free service is available via the Chrome Web Store and the good news is that it's free.

I've used this a lot in the past, it was the first Web Store version that I used, but for me at least, it's since become replaced by other things.

It's simple to use and very intuitive.

The thing that puts me off is that it leaves branding on your screenshot image, that's a deal-breaker for me when using on my blog and in my Kindle guides.

However, this is simple, straightforward and reliable, it's a great place to start.

Awesome Screenshot

Get it via the Chrome Web Store here

This is my favourite of the two services taken from the Chrome Web Store.

Awesome ScreenshotOnce again, Awesome Screenshot is easy to use and very intuitive.

It boasts an extra useful feature – the ability to take delayed screenshots.

That's extremely useful when your cursor has to be in two places at once.

Most of the time I use it when illustrating drop-down menus – I can't have my cursor on the menu and activate the screenshot at the same time.

That's where delayed capture comes in, it's a very useful facility to have.

There is no branding on this free tool either, so that makes me like it even more 🙂

Jing by Techsmith

Download Jing for free here

Jing is a PC-based software, so you have something to download this time around.

It's perhaps more useful if you don't have access to the Chrome Web Store or if you prefer to use a browser which doesn't offer screenshot software.

Jing website

Jing has one very useful, additional feature – you can use it to record short videos.

I use it for support desk queries or if it's easier for me to record a short video for somebody rather than having to explain in a thousand words over an email exchange.

Jing has pretty basic annotation options but is does give you access to a free 2GB online storage area at

In my very early days on the web, before Dropbox had even been invented, I made good use of that free storage space, and it's very handy alongside your free Jing account.

Snagit by TechSmith

Download Snagit for free here

I won't beat around the bush, Snagit is my favourite tool for creating screenshots, but it is a paid-for software, only the trial is free.

Snagit website

I particularly like Snagit because of the wide variety of annotation options.

I can add arrows, notes, shapes, numbered lists and – most importantly – the lovely torn pages effect that you'll see on the images on this page.

I can send my screenshots automatically to Dropbox, Google Drive or

I use this software several times a day, I've used it exclusively for my Kindle guides and I frequently take screenshots to share on social media.

If you asked me for my top pick, Snagit would be it, it's an invaluable tool to me.

Screenshots Video

Check out the video below to take a closer look at the screenshot tools in action:

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