Lightshot is a popular tool to capture a particular region of the screen, along with options to share and upload. The simple and lightweight nature of the app makes it popular to take screenshots quickly. The ability to share screenshots on social networks enhances its functionality. The tools provide all the essential tools to annotate and highlight the particular portion of the screenshot with ease. You can also capture full screen or particular portion and upload it to prntscr.com for future use. Is Lighshot a worthier snipping tool to download? Let’s discuss its features in detail.
Highlights of Lightshot
Apart from taking screenshots, here are some of the major highlights of Lightshot.
Share your screenshots on the internet – After taking the screenshots, just click the upload icon to get the short link for your screenshot. You can use that link to post that screenshot on social media or blogs.
Copy screenshots – The screenshots that you have taken through Lightshot can be copied to the clipboard by simply pressing CTRL + C keys. The copied image can be pasted on suitable applications like Word, Photoshop, Paint, and more.
Edit screenshots – You can edit the screenshots with various tools like Pen, brush, line, rectangle, text and marker.
Save screenshots – Lightshot presents the option to save screenshots locally in different formats like JPG, PNG, BMP and few more.
Assign shortcut key – By default, Lightshot uses the Prtsc key to take screenshots. But, you can assign different hotkeys to take screenshots on your device.
Lightshot – Supported Devices
Here are the devices that officially supports Lightshot.
- Web browser – Chrome, Firefox
Windows users can download the Lightshot app directly from the official website. Whereas, the macOS users can download the software from the Mac App Store. The Android version is available on Googe Play Store, and the extension for Chrome browser is accessible from the Chrome web store. Ubuntu users can download the Lightshot app by
sudo apt-get install wine
How to Use Lightshot
Using Lightshot differs on devices, get down to know the step-by-step procedure to use Lightshot on different OS like Android, Windows, Mac, etc.
Windows, Mac and Linux
After downloading the Lighshot app, you can take screenshots by simply pressing the shortcut keys on your keyboard. The shortcut key to take a screenshot is
- Windows: Prtsc
- Mac: Shift + Command + 3
- Ubuntu: Prt Scrn
NOTE: The Lightshot app on Windows, Mac and Linux have similar features. Only, the hotkeys will vary from one platform to another platform.
Press those shortcut keys and select the area that you want to capture. If you want to customize the options, launch the Lightshot app, and it will display four options: General, Hotkeys, Format, and Proxy.
General – It displays various options to copy link, show notifications, keep the selected area and to capture a cursor on screenshots.
Hotkeys – Assign hotkeys for a general screenshot, instant save of full screen and instant share of the entire screen.
Formats – Select the output format and quality of the screenshot.
Proxy – Options to use system proxy and manual proxy configuration.
After taking screenshots, Lightshot will display different icons:
- G icon – To share the screenshot instantly on Google.
- Cloud icon – Upload images to the cloud.
- Share icon – Share screenshots on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and VK.
- T icon – Write an important message on the screenshot.
Once you downloaded the app from the Google Play Store, sign in to the app using your Google or Facebook account. The camera icon on the home screen is to open the camera. Use this option to capture important things outside the device.
By clicking the setting icon on the top right corner, you can access a few options like App language, preferences, using device hotkey, and using a floating screenshot button. It is advisable to use the device’s hotkey to take screenshots. By enabling the floating button, it will display an icon on your device. To enable the floating button, you need to grant permission on your Android device. Once you enabled the option, a simple tap on the icon will screenshot the current screen.
The floating button is very handy to take screenshots on applications that block the user from taking screenshots. Like the Windows version, the Android app also displays a few editing tools after taking the screenshots.
Chrome and Firefox users can download the extension directly from the Chrome Web Store and Addons page, respectively. Both the extensions present options to take screenshots of active browser Window. You can’t take screenshots of other screens. The extension is very simple to use. Download it from the store and click the extension to take screenshots.
Lightshot is a decent option to take screenshots on your device. This tool is entirely free to access and also presents various editing tools to customize the screenshots. The only drawback with Lightshot is that the built-in editor lacks the ability to blur the image. Overall, we recommend you try Lightshot when you aren’t happy with the features of the default screenshot tool.