Sometimes you need to show someone exactly what you see on your screen. You can put such a screenshot on your website, send it by e-mail, share it in social media, etc.. I'm not talking about sharing your screen shot with someone you happen to be in contact with online, that's not the story. In this article we focus on making a static image of what you have in front of you on your monitor. 

If someone doesn't quite understand what you want to tell them, with one such image you can instantly explain the topic and the recipient will probably get the point without a problem.

Personally I often use screenshots in my blog articles. We are talking about issues related to the construction and maintenance of websites, so the use of screenshots is a must.

The fastest way to get the drop that goes into your blog post

Did you know that Gutenberg allows you to upload images from your computer's cache? You can copy any image or part of an image and then simply paste it into the body of your article. It's amazing, but it actually works, and it works well. The only thing to keep in mind in such a situation is some kind of plugin that, on the WP side or otherwise, will optimize the uploaded images, e.g: "Optimising photos with the ShortPixel Adaptive Images plug-in

If this is possible, then also you can easily insert a screenshotYou can use the PrtScr key on your computer to create an image of your screen in no time. This key will cause the image from your screen to go straight to the cache. To retrieve it, just use Ctrl + V.

I honestly don't know of a faster way to insert a screenshot into a WordPress page or post. If you know let me know in the comments.

Slower but more accurate

The second way to prepare a snapshot is through applications. One of them you will find on the standard Windows package, and it is simply called "Cutting out“.

how to take a screenshot with the Cutout app

The tool is designed to precisely select only the part of the screen that interests us. And it is extremely useful, because we can prepare a small file without unnecessary distractions.

From the viewer's point of view, this will certainly be much clearer. Of course, nothing prevents you from taking a screenshot of the entire screen.

How to take a screenshot with the Cutout tool

Just click on the "New" button on the application's toolbar, then select the area you want to cut. That's it. Once it's selected, you can decide whether you want to copy it to cache or prefer to save it as a file on your computer.

The software allows us to control several additional elements. For example, we can delay a snapshot by a few seconds. What for? You may want to show how a drop-down list of a form on a page or in another application looks like. By selecting the delay option you have a few seconds to expand the list. Without this option it would not be possible.

Additionally, after taking a screenshot, you can slightly modify it, e.g. by colour coding the elements you want to draw attention to. This is also a very useful functionality.

Nimbus Plugin Screenshot

When I work with websites or web applications I usually use another tool. My favourite in this field is a plugin called Nimbus Screenshot. You install it as an extension for your browser.

Nimbus

I like it above all for its convenience and the wide range of possibilities it offers. Without any problems I can take a snapshot of a selected part of the page or even the whole page, even if I have to scroll.

nimbus settings

Here I also have the ability to edit the snapshot I have taken, and there are more options here than with the "Cut" tool.

The disadvantage of this solution, however, is that it only works in the window of the browser on which it is installed. So if you want to take a snapshot of the window of some other software, unfortunately this will not be possible and you will have to use other tools.

Of course there are more analogous plugins. Another one, which I used some time ago is for example: Full Page Screen Capture, but it was basically used to capture whole pages, not just the visible part at the moment. Nimbus is able to offer the same.

If you know of any other interesting extensions, please share it in the comments.

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