10 Best free screen capture software for Windows

If you want a free screen capture software that functions better than the standard Windows Print-Screen key, third-party desktop screen capture programs can easily record images and Active Windows from your computer screen. These screen capture programs have useful features and function such as irregular area capture, screenshots resize and snap scrolling windows.

Whether you want to prepare presentation or manual or tutorial or want to share screenshots for discussion, having best quality screenshot is important. Choose free screen capture software that satisfies your situation from the list.

Before going to the list, if you are user of Windows Vista and Windows 7, new and more flexible image capture tool called Snipping Tool is incorporated with both versions. This Snipping tool can capture full screen, Windows, rectangular and free-form or irregular shape and send to email or save it in HTML, PNG, GIF or JPEG image formats. So it is better to look this first before going to other software.  If you are looking for video capture programs that can record desktop activities and audio sound, I have listed top free video capture software here.

SnapDraw Free

Like any other free screen capture software, SnapDraw Free is built-in with basic screenshot capture tools. However, it also has impressive advanced features and editing tools that can create high quality outputs. Using SnapDraw, you can add annotations or special effects, record transparency, put multiple screenshots into one capture scene, put created images into the 3D perspective view and more.

Features of SnapDraw:-

  • Works like the traditional screen capture tool
  • Has composing capability such as putting several screenshots into one. Also it can rotate, position, scale, arrange, add text, watermarks and set background color or image
  • Can add labels with arrows and numbering
  • Highlight important parts with color
  • Saved screenshots are editable that include text, arrow, clouds, shapes, lines, images)
  • Save images in JPG, PNG, BMP or JNG file formats. Also the software can send the images or copy to clipboard
  • Has reflection and magnifier lens effects

SnapDraw Free is a full-featured free screen capture software and has interesting tools. You should get this software if you want more editing tools and flexibility on produced screenshots.

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32 and 64-bits)

Website: SnapDraw Free

DuckCapture

DuckCapture is also free scree capture software comes with additional feature other than the basic screen record tools we find in other similar programs. DuckCapture enables you to capture selected regions, polygonal area, window, full screen and the contents of long webpage that scrolls (I like this feature very much). This is particularly beneficial when you want to save a webpage with the whole content including text and pictures.

DuckCapture features include:-

  • Can change captured area or add more areas to one image
  • Allows to add annotations and text (you can change font, font size, color)
  • Output images in Bitmap, JPEG and PNG formats
  • You can customize Hotkey Settings

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, also available for Mac OS X

Website: DuckCapture

Screen Hunter

Screen Hunter is one of the best free screen capture software you find on the net. Though the free version has limited functionalities when comparing to the paid version, it still does the basic screen capture capability. The free version is meant to use only for individual use and distribution.

The features include:

  • Captures Active window, full screen and rectangular area
  • Automatic naming, saving to file capability
  • Send capture image to clipboard and save JPG, BMP or TIFF formats
  • Has flexible HotKeys and translucent Zoombox
  • Timer capability

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Website: Screen Hunter

ScreenShoter

If you want easy and effective free screen capture software, ScreenShoter is one of them. You can create quality screenshots from games, website, movies and office programs.

In this screen capture software you will find the following:-

  • Captures full screen, active window or selected area
  • Saves the screenshots in JPG, PNG, or BMP formats
  • It is multilingual

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

Website: ScreenShoter

Shotty

Shotty is a small free screen capture software that take pictures form computers screen or from one application only. Other than capturing screenshots, it has some features that are useful for playing around after the screenshot is taken.

The features of Shotty include:-

  • Captures screen, regions and windows either with Low quality or High quality
  • Built-in with some editing tools. For example, you can blur unwanted and selected area, highlight text like a marker, draw rectangular area, crop the image, resize, add text to the image
  • Saves files in JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF and Windows bitmap formats
  • You can print, save, copy to clipboard or upload the image directly to the internet
  • It supports six languages (Engilish, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian)

Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7

Webiste: Shotty

Greenshot

GreenShot is open source free screen capture software which integrates Windows Print Screen Key. Using GreenShot you can take screenshots of selected region, window, full screen and complete web pages from internet explorer. It also has its own Greenshot image editor where you can manipulate the captured image.

Features of Greenshot screen capture software:-

  • Export screenshots in many ways such as save to file, send to printer, send to editor, MS Paint, copy to clipboard or upload to photos sites like Picasa, Flickr and others
  • You can add text in different fonts and sizes, draw lines, rectangles, ellipses and arrows in different colors using Greenshot image editor

If you want lightweight screen capture program that helps to share information with friends or show the design you are working to your client, Greenshot can be one of them.

Compatibility:  Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

Webiste: Greenshot

Jing

Jing is not only a free screen capture software, but it is also video capture software. So I have already included it in the free video capture software list discussed here.

Gadwin

Gadwin printscreen allows you to capture full screen or specific window. This free screen capture software supports six different image formats to save the new screenshots.

The features include:-

  • Sends the screenshot to clipboard, print, or to email
  • Has several hotkey combos to choose from
  • Has image resize capability
  • Gray Scale,  image shadow and create stamp

Compatibility: Windows 95/98/2000/2003/2008/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/ Server 2012

Webiste: Gadwin printscreen

PC Screen Capture

As the name implies PC Screen Capture is a free screen capture software that works perfectly on Windows. Like any other screen capture program, the software allows you to capture screenshots of full desktop, active window, selected area and selected object.

PC Screen Capture features include the following:

  • Saves images in BMP, JPG, GIF, and PNG formats
  • User friendly interface
  • No installation is require and can run from USB

Compatibility: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista (32 and 46-bits)

Website:  PC Screen Capture

Cropper

Cropper is a free screen capture software that allows you to record parts of desktop screen. It is widely used to capture parts of a web site including text and image. If you want images of your application or website, Cropper will produce good images.

The most common features of Cropper:-

  • Easily crop out sections of vector graphic files
  • Output images in BMP, PNG, JPEG formats
  • Places images on the clipboard to past into other applications
  • Can send images to printer

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

Website: Cropper

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