The 5 Best Screenshot Apps for Windows in 2018

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There are a variety of reasons and settings in which you'd need to take a screenshot. No matter what they are, if you're a Windows user, you're sure to find a snapshot or screenshot app on our list that will fit your needs. 

Here are the five best screenshot apps for Windows.

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Snipping Tool: A Helpful Native Screenshot App

A screenshot of the Snipping Tool app that shows off the app's snipping Mode menu and its four different screenshot modes.

Snipping Tool is a free to use screenshot app that comes standard with most Windows computers. Simply type "Snipping Tool" into the Windows search bar.

Among its features, Snipping Tool offers a Delay feature that allows you to control when the app captures a screenshot, the ability to save your screenshot in multiple file formats, and the app allows you to mark up your screenshot with its multi-colored highlighter and pen features.

The app is available on PCs running Windows Vista and later. 

What We Like:

  • Has different snipping/screenshot modes so it's better able to capture funky shapes and images if needed.

What We Don't Like:

  • The interface looks a bit outdated and doesn't seem to match the overall look of later versions of Windows.
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Screenshot: Easiest to Use for Website Screenshots

A screenshot of the Screenshot app as it captures a screenshot of the Lifewire website.

If you need a quick and dirty way to screenshot a web page, the Screenshot app may be your best option. You can quickly capture a screenshot simply by copying and pasting the URL of your desired web page.

Screenshot is free to download and use, but requires Windows 10, specifically version 10240.0 or higher.

What We Like:

  • Beautiful, sleek, and intuitive interface. 

What We Don't Like:

  • There are random ads running along the side of the app. They're a bit distracting and can show up in the screenshot. 
  • There aren't any in-app screenshot image editing options. You'll have to export it to another app to edit the image. 
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ShareX: Best Multi-tasking Screenshot App

A screenshot of ShareX's main screen which includes a pretty extensive sidebar menu on the left side of the app and list of hotkeys you can use with ShareX listed in the middle of the app's workspace.

ShareX isn't just a simple screenshot app. The app has an extensive array of features, and in addition to capturing still screenshots, ShareX can also record your screen and help you create GIFs

ShareX is free to download and use, and requires Windows 10 version 14393.0 or higher.

What We Like:

  • ShareX has its own easy to use, in-house image editor. 

What We Don't Like:

  • It's a professional grade app, so some of the terminology it uses may be confusing to newbies. Some of the features offered could use a brief description to make the app a bit more user-friendly.
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QuickCapture: A Website Screenshot App That Captures Everything

A screenshot of the QuickCapture screenshot app as it loads a webpage that will be captured for a screenshot.

Similar to the Screenshot app, QuickCapture allows you to quickly enter a website URL to screenshot a web page.  

Unlike Screenshot, however, this app is able to rapidly capture the entire length of a webpage, rather than just what appears on your computer screen. 

QuickCapture is free to download and use, and needs Windows 10 version 15063.0 or higher. The app ​also offers a $1.99 Pro version that removes ads. 

What We Like:

  • QuickCapture is a fast, highly responsive app. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The free version runs huge ads at the bottom of the screen, which partially blocks your view of the image you're trying to capture. 
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Marker: Best for Microsoft Edge Users

A screenshot of the Marker browser extension in use as it is being used to capture Lifewire's main web page.

Marker is the most unique entry on this list because it's not actually an app, but a browser extension for Microsoft Edge that allows you to take screenshots. 

Like an app, however, you can still get this extension from the Microsoft Store. 

It's also unique because it's primarily for businesses who need to capture screenshots or other screen captures to document and illustrate situations that require bug reports or feedback. You don't have to be a business to use their simple screenshot feature, save your screenshots, or use their image editor. 

Marker is free to download and use, but requires Windows 10 version 15063.0 or higher.

What We Like:

  • Has a nice tutorial to help walk you through using the extension. 

What We Don't Like:

  • You have to formally register before the app will let you use its image editor, but even then it may only be available as part of a 15-day free trial of its premium service.