I absolutely love Shutter for Linux. It is extremely feature rich. I particularly like to be able to quickly capture areas of the screen and have it be automatically saved. Uploading to imgur is a breeze and is really useful in my line of work.

The Snipping Tool in Windows is very lackluster. It requires you to manually save every screenshot, and there are virtual zero extra features.

The basic features I would like:

  • Quickly capture regions and save them in one step (rather than capture and go through the saving process like Snipping Tool)
  • Upload images to imgur within the application
  • Edit images so I can highlight pertinent parts, draw arrows etc.

Are there any alternatives to Shutter that work in Windows that come close?

  • 1
    Could you please list all of the features you like about Shutter?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 8:24
  • Or better, those features you like to see in the tools recommended here :)
    – Izzy
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 9:30
  • @Cornelius didn't spot that one when searching. Thanks! I'll refer to that and flagged this one as dupe
    – user2269
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 14:40

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At work (where I'm forced to use Windows), I'm using Greenshot for this. It's even available as portable app, so you can install it without administrative powers.

Greenshot can do a lot of things, like

  • capture region (even "capture last region", for repeated actions)
  • capture window (naturally)
  • capture full screen
  • capture Internet Exploder
  • Integration for Picasa, Imgur, Photobucket, Imgur, Flickr, Dropbox, Box
  • integrated image editor

Greenshot Editor
Greenshot Image Editor (source: Wikipedia; click image for larger variant)

I'm using Greenshot for years already, and really like it. Though I never used its "cloud features": if they work only half as good as everything else, they should be great as well :) Just give it a try, it's free and open source – so nothing to lose. When in doubt, try the portable version first.

For more details, please see Greenshots Wikipedia article.

  • I would even say Greenshot is faster than Shutter, considering the immediate context menu to copy to clipboard or upload. Great tool
    – user2269
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 15:10
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    I didn't make any performance tests (which would require at least comparable hardware ;) – but I didn't feel any differences in speed here (on Linux, I use Shutter, too ;)
    – Izzy
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 15:33
  • Great tool! Works fantastic for context menu shots too! Commented Sep 23, 2017 at 20:38

I use PicPick.

  • free for personal use
  • supports uploading to Facebook, Skype, Twitter and via FTP to any host
  • has some nice tools (ruler, protractor)
  • screenshots of window, region, controls etc.

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I think Ashampoo Snap 7 is the best (although I only have version 6):

If I compare the features to the website you gave in your question:

  • Capture a Specific Area: yes
  • Capture your Desktop: yes
  • Capture a Window: yes
  • Capture a Menu or Tooltip: yes
  • Add Text, Arrows, Rectangles, Ellipse: yes (as a bonus, you can add numbered steps, zoom in to buttons - useful for writing tutorials for websites etc.)
  • Censor / Pixelize to Hide Private Data: yes (you can blur / erase)
  • Crop: yes
  • Share easily: yes
  • Join the Cloud: yes (Ashampoo Webspace - I've never used this though)


  • Replaces the system 'print screen'
  • Gives you the option of having the program in taskbar / 'capture bar' anywhere on your screen
  • Very good editing features
  • Includes a 'colour picker' so you can see what colour something is when you like it (useful for designing etc.)

To save, just press your normal 'print screen' button, press enter.

To edit, just press your normal 'print screen' button, start editing.

It's paid, but very cheap. Honestly, you could wait a few weeks and you will find this program as a giveaway on GiveawayOfTheDay or Glarysoft Giveaway (Ashampoo are very actively giving away programs for free). In fact, this giveaway from Easter is still going on (via Ashampoo's website). And this one (via Ashampoo's website)!

Here's a screenshot, take a look at the top, right and left - those are all, expandable, editing and sharing tools!

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