Need Screenshots? Try This Free Chrome Extension

If you need a good way to capture what you see on your computer screen (and who doesn’t?) you should give Nimbus Screenshot a try. You have a couple of options for how you’d like to use it. I’ve got the Google Chrome browser extension that adds a quick and easy button to my browser toolbar. There are also options to install it in Firefox, Android and as a standalone app on your PC.

I deal with screenshots almost every day and have tried a lot of ways to capture the images I want. While SnagIt is still the gold standard, (well worth the $50 ) a lot of people may not want to spend the money or don’t need all those bells and whistles.

Capture images

Nimbus handles all the basics that you’d expect by allowing you to capture and entire window or any selected part of it. The feature that really caught my eye was the ability to scroll long web pages and capture the entire page into a single image. Nimbus also has a few other SnagIt-like features including annotation tools with a super useful blur tool which for any privacy considerations for your images.

Annotations

Yet another nice feature is the set of options available for what you want to do with your screenshot after you get it. Like all screenshot tools, you can save the image to your computer. Plus there are options for saving them to your Google Drive account or with a free account, to Nimbus’ own online site which lets you easily share on social media and other places. (You can see an example here.)

MyNimbus

Of course, if you’re needs are really basic you can use the old school options outlined here including the Print Screen key and the Snipping tool that is built into Windows.

If you like Nimbus and you’re curious for even more, they also have another Evernote-ish tool that looks interesting called Nimbus Note.

Tip of the Week #436

#313 1000 Words Worth of Pictures

Sometimes showing someone exactly what you see on your screen is the quickest, easiest and best way to communicate what you need them to know. It seems like I take screenshots virtually everyday for a wide variety of reasons. Whether you need them as often as I do, or just every once in awhile, it’s always nice to have a good way to capture and share what you see.

Here are a few good ideas about how you can use screenshots:

  • Capture error messages
  • Document procedures
  • Enhance training documents
  • Take a snapshot of a website
  • Include any of the above in a PowerPoint presentation
  • The possibilities are virtually endless

It’s been quite awhile since we’ve talked about screenshots around here so I thought we would take a quick look at how you can take screenshots with stuff you already have.

Old School Method

I *THINK* most of us know that you can take a picture of your screen using the Print Screen button on your keyboard right? While it’s super quick it isn’t perfect by any stretch. For example if you have more than one monitor, that will include all of them in the image you capture.  What many folks may not know if that if you use the ALT key with Print Screen you will capture only the active window.

Alt-PrintScreen

You can read more on Print Screen from Microsoft here.

Two Newer Options

Windows 7 has a built-in option for this called the Snipping Tool. This method gives you a few more options such as being able to capture only certain parts of the screen/window and some basic annotation options.

Read more about the Snipping Tool here.

PowerPoint 2010 has a new feature that lets you quickly grab a shot of any open window or do a screen clip of anything on your desktop.

PPTX

Learn more about the PowerPoint option here.

Top of the Line: SnagIt

If you do a lot with screenshots and/or need additional features such as annotation, editing, cropping, resizing, etc. etc. you owe it to yourself to buy a copy of SnagIt. I’ve been a big fan of SnagIt for years and it is well worth the $49.95. You can grab a 30 day trial if you’d like to take it for a test drive. There are too many features to mention so I’ll just point you to their feature list and invite you to leave a comment with any questions, etc.

What about you?

Do you take many screenshots? What do you use? Do you have any questions? Leave a comment and let us know.