Screen Captures Made Easy

One of the most useful software accessories you can install on your computer is a good, reliable screen capture utility. Screen capture utilities let you grab a portion of whatevet’s on your computer screen. They are helpful for storing snippets of information in Onfolio, grabbing a portion of your computer screen to email error messages to the appropriate technical support address, and capturing content to redisplay it (as I did with my Firefox problem).

My favorite screen capture utility is Snag-It. It’s easy to buy online, easy to install and easy to use.

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It integrates seamlessly with Internet Explorer and places these buttons at the top of Internet Explorer that allows you to instantly grab all or part of a screen (this image was captured with Snag-It). You can configure how much of the screen to capture (I use the “Region” setting which allows me to draw a box with my mouse and capture everything in the box) and how to output the image (I output to my Windows clipboard so I can paste the image wherever I want it).

It is also a stand alone program, accessible from the Start Menu, that allows you to capture any desktop content, whether internet content or otherwise.

My only mild complaint about Snag-It is that the developer updates it very often and you have to pay for significant upgrades (“maintenance upgrades” are free). It seems like I get an email every month or so offering me an updated version for a price. It’s a great program, so I pay to upgrade to every other version or so.

Snag-It is $40 for new users. Upgrades are cheaper.

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