Greenshot – The Best Free Screen Capture Tool for Bloggers

Screen Capture Tool for Bloggers

This review goes to all the bloggers out there on Windows. Sorry Mac people, I’ll hit you up next time! For anyone blogging on a regular basis, especially when writing tutorials, you probably spend a lot of time taking screenshots for your posts. I  have been using Microsoft OneNote screens clipper for years. I love having a shortcut key to launch my snipping tool and having it go straight to my clipboard. However, I would still have to launch paint or Photoshop to save it out to a file. So I wanted to eliminate this step and have it to go straight to a file. After doing some research on some free tools I finally stumbled across Greenshot. And it turned out to be exactly what I was wanting in a screen capture tool.

Greenshot features

  • Capture screenshots of a selected region, window or fullscreen; you can even capture complete (scrolling) web pages
  • Easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot
  • Completely free
  • Lightweight
  • Launches with a Hotkey
  • Saves straight to file of your choice (JPG, PNG, etc.)

Follow the steps below to configure Greenshot for Blogging

Step 1

Download Greenshot and install it.

download greenshot

Step 2

After you have Greenshot installed, right click on it in your task tray and click into “Preferences…”

greenshot preferences

Step 3

Click into the “Destination” tab and select “Save as (displaying dialog).” You could select the option to save directly with your preferred file output settings and skip the save dialog altogether. However, I don’t recommend you do this. For SEO purposes, you will want to name your images something useful.

greenshot save as file with dialog

Step 4

Click into the “Output” tab and select your file preference. I would recommend JPG since they are generally smaller files. Also, if you do choose JPG, make sure to drag the quality settings up to 100%, it is pretty low by default. You can also select your storage location. Then press OK.

greenshot save as jpg

Step 5

Now you can configure the hotkey you want to launch the screen clipper. Click into preferences again and go to the “General” tab. Under the capture region you can input the hotkey of your choice. I will lave mine as the default which the print screen key.

greenshot hotkey

Step 6

Hit your hotkey and you are ready to capture your screen!

screen capture

After you select the region to save, the dialog box to name the file will immediately come up.

screen capture save

You have now eliminated an entire step of having to launch a separate program to save the file, saving you lots of time over the long haul. No cropping, no buttons to click. Simply a hotkey, name your file, and upload to WordPress!

As always feel free to leave your comments below.

Greenshot
  • Price
  • Size
  • Ease of Use
  • Customization
  • UI
4.5

Summary

Looking for a free screen capture tool to speed up your blogging? Well look no further. With Greenshot you can launch it with a simple hotkey, grab your screenshot, name your file and upload to WordPress! It is as simple as that.

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2 thoughts on “Greenshot – The Best Free Screen Capture Tool for Bloggers”

  1. Thanks for bringing this tool to my attention.

    I’ve been using a combination of a few tools so hopefully this can save me some time.

    Cheers,

    Joe

    • No problem Joe! Hopefully it will help you. I know for me, setting up the hotkey and then straight to save file saved me a lot of time. Nothing more tedious than snapping pics for your blog posts as I’m sure you know :)

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