If you are new to capturing screenshots of your computer, you should know your options. Basically, you have two options for this task. First, you can use your keyboard shortcuts, or second, you can use screen capture software. In this article, you will learn what options you have when it comes to capturing screenshots of your computer.
Using Keyboard Shortcuts for Screen Capturing
Your first option is to use your keyboard shortcut which is CTRL Alt Print Screen keys. This option is free to use and the quickest. The only thing about this option is; if you don’t have a good graphic editor, your editing capabilities will be limited. However, if you have something like Fireworks, Paint.Net, Photoshop, Illustrator, or Paint Shop, you will not have any problems with using this screen capture option. If you need help on using this option, please see my guide on capturing your screen without using screen capture software.
Using Free Screen Capture Software
Another option you have is using screen capture software that is free. You can find some pretty good software that is free, but you will have to weed through the ones that are not that great. To find free screen capture software, do a search on Yahoo, or the search engine of your preference. Then take a look at what each screen capture software has to offer, and decide which one you think is best for you.
A good screen capture software should allow you to capture any part of the screen, edit it before saving it, and allow you to choose the format in which you want to save it as. If you are using Firefox, you may want to check out the Fireshot plugin which is a screen capture tool. This tool captures anything in a browser and will allow you to edit and save in different formats.
Using Paid Screen Capture Software
Another option you have when it comes to screen capture software is purchasing one. With so many free on the market, it would be difficult for me to purchase one. However, if you are looking for a program to do a specific job, then you may have to end up purchasing one. If you can’t find a free screen capture software and the keyboard shortcut doesn’t work, you may have to purchase one. You can search the search engine of your choice for screen capture software. Then go through the different programs and find something you like and has the tool you are looking for. From there, you can continue the process of downloading and purchasing the screen capture software.