Have you tried sharing an image online before? Whether it’s on social media or on instant messenger, it can be a little laborious to upload and link an image to your family and friends. Thankfully, there are a lot of tools out there that make the job easier, and ShareX is one of the most impressive examples out there.
ShareX is a great, free tool that makes grabbing an image easy. Click here to download.
When installed, ShareX runs on the toolbar and waits until you need it. ShareX has a number of tools at your disposal. If you want to take a screenshot, you can take a picture of either a monitor display, an open software window, a region defined by either a shape or by freehand, or the entire screen.
This means, once you get to grips with ShareX’s hotkeys, you have every tool you’ll need in order to take a perfect screenshot. Want to capture an error message? Use the window capture to grab it instantly. Want to show your art? Draw a rectangle region around it and it’ll capture just that.
ShareX also comes with the ability to record a segment of the screen. It can then save your recording either as a video file or a .gif, then automatically upload it to a supporting image host to show it to other people. It can be tricky to capture a .gif of something occuring on your screen, so the ability to do that and upload it straight to a host afterward is incredibly useful.
Speaking of uploading to hosts, ShareX’s tools for automatically handling screenshots after they’re taking is great. If you want to edit screenshots after you open them, you can tell ShareX to load it in your favorite image editor after capture. If you want it to add a logo or watermark before uploading, you can set that too. You can see the options available to you by right-clicking the ShareX icon in the toolbar, then hover over ‘After capture tasks’.
Here, you can set the actions ShareX performs when you take a screenshot. I have mine set to save a hard copy to the Desktop, show the ‘before upload’ window (in case I screenshot something sensitive, so I can back out before it’s uploaded onto the internet!), then uploads it to the image host (in my case, Imgur).
You can also perform tasks after the upload occurs:
In this case, I have ShareX copy the URL of the upload to my clipboard, so if I’m sharing an image with a friend, I can simply paste the link without having to copy anything manually. It makes sharing images much easier.
You can manually set the destinations for your uploads too:
This is particularly useful if you have a favorite (or even your own!) image hosting site. After taking the screenshot, ShareX will automatically upload it to your host of choice, so you can easily share it with other people.
ShareX is even useful if you have a hard copy of the picture you want to upload to the internet. ShareX adds a button to your right-click context menu, which allows you to take and upload files on your hard drive. This means ShareX can quickly becomes a one-stop shop for all your image uploads, whether you’re showing someone what happened within a game you’re playing, or just putting a photo album online to share.
ShareX is a fantastic desktop tool that will serve you well for years to come.
Do you have a favorite screenshot tool? Do you use a third-party option, or does your operating system come with a nice clipping tool? Share your stories in the comments.