Taking screenshots is something I find myself doing all the time whether it be for an article I’m writing, or just trying to troubleshoot a problem at work. Lightscreen is the perfect tool because it’s not only open source and free, but it’s also unbelievably simple. It doesn’t include any annotation features, but you can choose to snap a screenshot of the entire screen, a particular window, a selected region, and more. Here are some of the highlights from the app:
- Can execute at Windows startup (hidden or displaying the main window).
- System tray icon for easy access.
- 5 configurable actions, each with it’s own hotkey (screen, window, area, etc).
- Multiple image formats (PNG, JPEG, etc) and image quality selector.
- A notification when the screenshot is taken.
- Screenshot delay.
If it sounds like something you’d like to try out, but don’t want to install it you can head on over to PortableApps.com. There you’ll find the no-install portable version of Lightscreen that you can play around with, and even carry on a USB drive for when those screenshot emergencies arise.