Most modern operating systems and games have some sort of basic screenshot or clipping capability built in, but sometimes, you need more advanced tools. Some capture apps and plugins (most of them free) allow you to refine your capture by selecting the active window, a portion of the screen or even an entire Web page (beyond just what appears in the browser window). From simple capture and edit tools to nimble portable programs and feature-packed professional suites, there's sure to be something here to fit your needs.
Awesome Screenshot is an browser-based (Chrome, Firefox) screenshotting favorite that's just launched version 4 this year. Users can take screenshots of the visible portion of their browser window or the entire web page, and then use the built-in image editor to add annotations, blur sensitive data, and then share the screenshot to social media, cloud storage, or saved to your drive. Awesome Screenshot also offers free support for uploading to Google Drive and the ability to take 30 second screencasts, with subscribers to premium plans unlocking more cloud storage options and collaboration tools, depending on the subscription tier.
Like Awesome Screenshot, the Fireshot utility for Firefox and Chrome allows users to take screen captures across the visible area of the browser window, a selected area of a page, or even an extended screenshot of an entire Web page. Screenshots can be saved in a variety of formats or uploaded to several social media sites. With Fireshot's internal editor you can add arrows, shapes or text, or draw on the image. Additionally, you can set Fireshot to automatically open your favorite external image editor when you take screencaps.
Another good browser-based option is Nimbus Screenshot, available on Chrome, Firefox, and as a Windows and Mac application. Users can take a screenshot of the entire browser window, a selected region, or an entire webpage. Built-in tools allow users to annotate and edit screenshots. Images can be printed out, saved to your drive or clipboard, or uploaded to cloud storage services for easy sharing. The desktop version adds screencasting functions for recording video clips.
Screenshot Captor is a pretty feature-packed piece of freeware with a variety of screen capture options and a built-in editing tool. Users can take captures from the entire screen, active window, a selected region, or even pull images from a scanner. From there, you can crop, rotate, blur, annotate, and apply other special effects. The app is also available in an install-free portable version. Screenshot Captor is freeware, though you will need to sign up to DonationCoder's forum for a free license key.
Faststone Capture is a shareware screenshot capture tool from the same team behind the really neat FastStone Image Viewer. A floating toolbar lets you get at all the quick capture modes, or you can stick to hotkeys for one button screencapping. The app supports capture of multiple windows, multi-level menus, and video capture, and users can annotate images with text, objects, arrows, and special effects. Users can save images in a variety of formats, acquire images from a scanner and more.
Snipaste (from "Snip and Paste") is a multipurpose screen snipping and pasting tool that allows you to capture entire windows or selections. You can then either use, edit, or annotate it like a normal screenshot, or paste it back onto your desktop as a floating image window. The snipping tool comes with a magnifier, and color picker, and the image editor comes with basic annotation tools such as shapes, markers, text and blur effects. Snipped content can also be pasted to the desktop as image windows, and transparent or click-through windows for easy reference.
Monosnap first made a name for itself as a flexible screen capture app on macOS, with built-in annotation and editing tools making it a great desktop productivity aid. Users can capture entire windows or selections (with a magnifier aiding in pixel accuracy), while annotation tools allow you to add arrows, shapes, and blur effects. In addition to editing screenshots and saving them locally, users can also upload images to Monosnap and share them with provided URLs. The app has since expanded to include a browser-based Chrome extension as well.