If there’s one thing I do a lot on a day-to-day basis it would be taking screenshots. We’ve covered a lot of different apps that are able to take screenshots some of which are more complex than others, but DuckCapture may very well be the cleanest and fastest way to get the job done.

What makes this app so different than the others? Well, for starters I’d say the System Tray icon (pictured above) is a clear demonstration of what all these apps should all be showcasing. The three different screen capture modes (region, window, and fullscreen) can all be initiated by hovering over the icon. If you choose to do a region or window screenshot you just have to select the area you want to include, and before you confirm the selection you are able to drag the “handles” to expand/contract the area that is included.

The greatest aspect, however, may be the no-fuss configuration that you can set up. By that I mean you can select a directory that you want all screenshots to be saved to. Once you snap a screenshot the file (BMP, JPG, or PNG) will immediately be saved off with no irritating popups asking questions. At that point doing a fullscreen snapshot literally becomes a one-click operation: hover over the System Tray icon, click the fullscreen option, and the image is sent to the directory you specified. Simple.

Are you a hotkey fiend? No problem – DuckCapture will let you customize hotkeys for each of the different methods available. For example, you can use the typical Print Screen key or assign it to some other combination. It’s all up to you.

The only thing I’m missing is the scrolling window screenshots which an earlier build apparently had. I’m not sure why it got removed, but that would be handy when trying to grab screenshots of long pages. I’m hopeful that it will be put back in a future release, but even without that feature I’d say this makes a useful addition to any Windows machine.

DuckCapture Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)