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Free Screen Capture Tools for Windows

Free tools for capturing screen shots in Windows. Most of these offer extended features beyond the standard print screen key capture built in to Windows.

Greenshot Screen Capture Software (Win)
Greenshot is a free and open-source screen capture application for Windows users. Greenshot makes it very easy to take a screen capture and then draw and annotate upon it without having to open another application.

Capture and Save a Screen Shot in Windows XP
[Video Tutorial] See how to capture and save a screenshot in Windows XP.

Capture a Screen Shot with the Snipping Tool in Windows Vista
Before Windows Vista, if you wanted a screen shot you had to use the less than intuitive method of pressing the print screen key and pasting the screen shot into a graphics program to add markup and save it. With Windows Vista, Microsoft has included a utility called the Snipping Tool to make capturing screen shots easier.

Capture your Screen with Windows' Built-in Screen Shot Tool
Have you ever pressed the print screen key on your Windows keyboard and wondered why it was there? This how-to will show you why it's useful.

Cropper (Win)
Cropper is a pretty nifty free screen capture tool I came across recently. When you run it from a keyboard shortcut or the tray icon, it puts a floating transparent box on your screen which you can move freely and resize by dragging the corner. Move the frame around the screen and simply double click to capture the area under the box.

Wink Tutorial and Presentation Creator (Win)
Wink is a free tool for creating animated tutorials and software demonstrations.

Windows Vista Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool utility in Windows Vista is a better option than the Windows Print Screen method of screen captures. It saves a few steps compared to Print Screen and offers more options than just capturing the screen or the active window. Explore the Snipping Tool in this gallery from Desktop Publishing Guide Jacci Howard Bear.

AnalogX Capture (Win)
Capture the entire screen or a single window at any color depth and resolution. A left click the program's icon in the system tray will automatically capture and save a bitmap file to your capture directory. Freeware.

Capture Express (Win)
This free advertiser-supported screen capture tool for Windows features alignment correction, capture shapes, borders, and supports Bitmap, GIF and JPEG formats. Cost to remove ads is $15 US.

CaptureEze (Win)
Screen capture with support for scanners and digital cameras, available in Professional, Standard, 16-bit, and DOS versions.

FastStone Capture (Win)
"FastStone Capture (FSCapture) is a free image viewer, editor and screen capture.It supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA."

MWSnap (Win)
MWSnap is a small yet powerful Windows program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen... handles 5 most popular graphics formats and contains several graphical tools: a zoom, a ruler, a color picker and a window spy. It can be also used as a fast picture viewer or converter." Freeware

Cropper (Win)
"Cropper is a screen capture utility written in C# on the Microsoft .Net platform. It makes it fast and easy to grab parts of your screen. Use it to easily capture parts of a web site, including text and images. The files are saved straight to a folder of your choice in the format you specify or to the clipboard or printer." Freeware.

ScreenGrab (Win)
"ScreenGrab is a simple, yet effective screen capture utility for Windows. When running, ScreenGrab responds to preset hotkey combinations, making it easy to make screen captures without having to click on buttons or use the mouse." Freeware.

Snippy (Windows)
"How often have you carefully selected some text from a Web page and copied it to an email message? Snippy makes this a snap! Simply click on the little Snippy icon in the taskbar notification area, and mark out the region of the screen that you want to copy %u2014 that's it, you're done!"

SWBCapture (Win)
Captures images of any window or the entire desktop via drag and drop. Save the images to the clipboard, to a named file, or autosave to the directory of your choice. Supports BMP, JPEG, and GIF formats. Freeware.

Window Clippings (Win)
"Free screen capture utility for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista."

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