Snipping Tool Alternatives

    The ability to capture a screenshot of a specific region of your screen and then have quick access to basic editing and annotating is what Microsoft's Snipping Tool for Windows is all about.

    Snipping Tool can be used to capture a screen shot of any object on your screen which can then be saved, annotated, and shared as an image.

    As a relatively basic option, there are alternatives that focus on providing features such as the ability to upload directly to image hosting sites such as Imgur directly within the app. Other alternatives can provide more advanced features that Snipping Tool doesn't have, such as scrolling captures.

    This page was last updated May 6, 2021

    1. ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It also allows uploading images, text or other types of files to over 80 supported destinations.
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      ShareX vs Snipping Tool opinions
      Most users think ShareX is a great alternative to Snipping Tool.
      Ola Maybe a bit to much setup but awesome and flexible tool.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      It snips. I wish it didn't need so much futzing around. It's not a great alternative, but it's okay.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    2. Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot tool optimized for productivity with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) support.
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      Greenshot vs Snipping Tool opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Greenshot is a great alternative to Snipping Tool.
      wookahn624 I use this tool at work it's super useful and is a time saver when compared to MS "Snipping Tool". I can instantly snip>edit>upload. kudos!
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      MUCH more intuitive than not just Snipping Tool but also any other screen shot software. Simply amazing and very well written. Cheers to the developers!
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      A lot more useful than snipping tool!
      Positive comment over 4 years ago


    3. Features a free draw tool, arrows, lines, circles, and other tools for editing screenshots you take. There is no Text Box or Comment Feature. Screenshots can be uploaded to Imgur, saved to a local file, or copied directly to your clipboard to easily paste in other programs.
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      Flameshot vs Snipping Tool opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Flameshot is a great alternative to Snipping Tool.
      has every feature and more, better than other alternatives
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      Has the functionality of Snipping Tool (cutting from screen, etc) and a bit more, without being bloated.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      User friendly, intuitiveness, configurable, features.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

    4. Lightshot - easy screenshot tool, is screen capture tool for Windows and Mac platforms, with the added advantage of automatically uploading it online for sharing or editing.


      The Lightshot app generates URLs that are easy to guess or scrape, making it alarmingly easy for anyone to view grabs of private messages or intimate photos.

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      LightShot vs Snipping Tool opinions
      Most users think LightShot is a great alternative to Snipping Tool.
      Very Nice and user-friendly
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      Lightweight, built in shortcut, lots of marking up options, perfect for critiques
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      Can't copy and paste a section of the screen
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

    5. A powerful, lightweight, yet full-featured screen capture tool that allows you to easily capture and annotate anything on the screen including windows, objects, menus, full screen, rectangular/freehand regions and even scrolling windows/web pages.
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    6. The ultimate screen capture tool. With Snagit’s capture, edit, organize and share technology… it’s easy to create engaging visuals that grab attention and keep it. Let images do the talking for you.
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      Almost everyone thinks Snagit is a great alternative to Snipping Tool.
    7. PicPick is an all-in-one software for software developers, graphic designers and home user. It has an intuitive interface and simple, elegant operation. After starting the software, you simply select one of the tool from the PicPick Tools trayicon menu when you want.
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    8. Save anything you see online - including text, links and images - into your Evernote account with a single click.
    9. Ksnip is a Qt based cross-platform screenshot tool that provides many annotation features for your screenshots. Latest ksnip version contains following features: * Supports Linux (X11, Plasma Wayland, GNOME Wayland and xdg-desktop-portal Wayland), Windows and macOS.
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    10. Capture or record any part of your screen. The editor will help you to annotate or blur sensitive info. Fast upload and share with the Short URL. Access screenshot and video recordings from iPhone, iPad or Web.
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      Almost everyone thinks Nimbus Screenshot is a great alternative to Snipping Tool.
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