Taking screenshots can be time-consuming. For example, if you only want to capture part of your screen, you have to hit “Print Screen“, open/paste the screenshot into an image editor like Paint, and manually edit the image from there. Pretty inconvenient, isn’t it?

 Not with Lightshot, though. This free application helps you create, edit, and share screenshots much faster than “Print Screen” does. To use it, here’s what to do.

 Installing Lightshot

 First, log on to the Lightshot website here. Then, click either “Download for Windows” or “Download for Mac”, depending on your operating system.


The dialog box below will appear. Click “Save File”.


Wait for the application to download and run. If nothing’s happening, open your “Downloads” folder and run the program from there. For Windows users, hit the “Start” button and type “Downloads into the search bar.


Click the “Downloads” folder (shown above), and click the “setup-lightshot.exe” application (shown below).


Another dialog box will appear. Click “Run”.


Pick your setup language from the drop-down menu, and click “OK”.


Wait for the Lightshot Setup Wizard to appear, and hit “Next”.


Read the license agreement, click “I accept the agreement”, and hit “Next” again.


Wait for Lightshot to install, and click “Finish”.


And you’re done! You can now start using Lightshot.

In part 2 of this article, we’ll look at how you can use Lightshot to take and edit screenshots.

~ Issa