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If I want to send someone a piece of my screen this is what I currently do:

  1. PrtScr or Alt+PrtScr
  2. Open Paint.NET
  3. Paste the screen shot
  4. Make a selection
  5. Crop image to selection
  6. Save image to some location - and remember it!
  7. Go to some image hosting site (there are plenty of them in the days of Twitter)
  8. Click their "Browse" button
  9. Browse for the image if I happened to remember the location where I stored it :)
  10. Upload the image and obtain the link which I can share

This is simply too many steps. I don't usually mind doing steps 1 to 5 but especially steps 6 and 9 are annoying.

Jing is pretty close to what I'm looking for but I find their horrible URLs unbearable. If there was something with similar functionality but better or pluggable hosting, that would be great.

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What operating system are you using? This is sort of relevant. –  Wavy Crab Jun 10 '10 at 1:52
if he mentioned using Paint.NET, i guess that's a Windows operating system (.NET Framework). –  icelava Jun 10 '10 at 2:35
This probably isn't going to help as your own Windows, but a friend recently introduced me to CloudApp (getcloudapp.com) where you can just use a hotkey to take a screenshot, automatically upload it, and it puts the link in your clipboard. Unfortunately, it seems like its a Mac only program. –  wag2639 Jun 10 '10 at 4:06
Well, first off, save to your desktop or to a standard folder you created for this purpose, so you can easily find the image. Next, some web sites allow you to paste an image directly into the page. –  Daniel R Hicks Dec 12 '13 at 12:05
Windows 7 and up includes the 'Snipping Tool', which does exactly what it says on the tin. It's the easiest way for me –  Robotnik Jul 29 '14 at 7:12

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I use Jing, by the same company who made Camtasia, TechSmith.

This is my preferred tool because it intelligently determines if the whole desktop, particular window, window section should be captured. As a still image, or video. Once captured, there are several options to copy, save as file, or immediately post it online to various sites like Screencast, flickr, etc.

Really streamlines the whole capture-sharing process.

UPDATE: To clarify last point of the question. The Free version of Jing can post to flickr; i've been doing that from day one.

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I guess the Flickr upload is in the Pro version? Which other services are available there? –  Borek Jun 10 '10 at 8:58
I use Free version of Jing and post to flickr all the time. no problems, no worries for me! –  icelava Jun 10 '10 at 9:45
I didn't know other services than screencast.com are supported! Thanks. –  Borek Jun 14 '10 at 11:16
Not only is Flickr supported, but you can also upload to your own FTP server even! Jing will even let you customize the URL that gets returned, so you can still have the link put on your clipboard automatically. –  nhinkle Aug 23 '10 at 5:40

TinyGrab. You press Ctrl+Shift+4 (configurable to what you want), then you click+drag to select an area with a crosshairs. It then uploads it directly to their service, and puts a short link to it on your clipboard (http://grab.by/shortID). It works quite well, is free, and can be used on OS X or Windows.

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Looks nice, thanks for the tip. –  Borek Jun 9 '10 at 23:30

Vista has a snipping tool that really works well, if you have vista.(freeform, rectangle,window, or screen) and it is free and you can draw or highlight over the capture

I eliminate the upload save issues by pasting into an Excel or Word document which embeds it. If your receiving user has either of those, it makes it pretty fast.

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I paste the screenshot into a HTML email in Outlook and it works fine. –  Matthew Lock Jun 10 '10 at 3:35
Please see the question, I need to be able to share the screenshot with anyone, not just with the contacts in my Outlook or similar. –  Borek Jun 10 '10 at 8:51
actually the question said 'someone' if that someone has either of those it is a simple way to bypass the extra steps, but I acknowledge that limitation and pasting to outlook works as well as Borek mentions –  datatoo Jun 10 '10 at 12:56
sorry I missed totally the 'web' part of your question vote me down –  datatoo Jun 10 '10 at 14:36

You can use a tool I developed which grabs images and uploads to imgur. Direct download link.

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Another method might be to use the evernote (http://www.evernote.com) software. Its a note-taking app, but also lets you screen-shot then email those screenshots from within evernote.

Has the same 'outline your screenshot' ability as mentioned for the above software TinyGrab.

Then I'd personally just email it to posterous and have it posted that way -- but probably TinyGrab is easier. Just providing other options :)

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Agree with what you said, TinyGrab sounds like a better answer but it's always good to know the options. Thanks. –  Borek Jun 10 '10 at 8:52

If you use Google Chrome and you only need to take screenshots of the web, "Awesome Screenshot", a Chrome extension, is absolutely perfect. Highly recommended.


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Yeah, great tool. Exists also for Firefox. –  gentlesea Jun 14 '12 at 14:54

Gyazo is another option you can look into. You click on the Gyazo icon, your mouse pointer changes into a selection tool, you select the portion of the screen you want to capture by click and drag and as soon as you leave the mouse button, the image is automatically uploaded to gyazo.com. There is also a feature to drag and drop a saved image to the Gyazo program icon (say, on your desktop) to upload it instantly.

The only drawback is that you cannot delete the images from its website.

Gyazo comes for both Windows and Mac.

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Greenshot - a free screenshot tool optimized for productivity

It allows to automatically save to a predefined folder, or dynamically choose location. You can upload your screenshot to popular image hosting websites just with one click!

Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot software tool for Windows with the following key features:

  • Quickly create screenshots of a selected region, window or fullscreen; you can even capture complete (scrolling) web pages from Internet Explorer.
  • Easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot.
  • Export the screenshot in various ways: save to file, send to printer, copy to clipboard, attach to e-mail, send Office programs or upload to photo sites like Flickr or Picasa, and others.

…and a lot more options simplyfying creation of and work with screenshots every day.

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I have an AutoHotkey hotkey (Windows Key-p) I developed which pastes the current window into a new instance of Microsoft Paint for me to edit:

Send !{PrintScreen}
Run, mspaint.exe
WinWaitActive, untitled - Paint
    Send ^v

... then I have another hotkey (CTRL-ALT-e) which takes the current selection in Microsoft Paint and creates a new Outlook HTML email, and pastes the image selection into an email ready for me to send (assumes the default mailer is Outlook):

IfWinActive, untitled - Paint
    clipboard = ; Empty the clipboard
    Sleep, 250
    Send, ^c
    ClipWait, 5, 1

; Copy selected area into a new HTML email
    Run, mailto:
    WinWaitActive, Untitled - Message

    Sleep, 300
    Send !o
    Sleep, 300
    Send H

    WinWaitActive, Untitled - Message (HTML)

    Send {tab}{tab}{tab}{tab}{enter}{enter}
    Send ^v
    Sleep, 2000
    clipboard = ;
    Send ^{home}

It's not exactly posting it to the web, but it shouldn't be too hard to change the above to upload the image to Dropbox and grab it's public URL or something.

Dropbox is nice as you can upload an image to the web simply by copying and image into your "My Dropbox/Public" folder and right clicking on it to grab a public URL.

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If you want to quickly create and share a snapshot for scrolling webpage, here's the guide for you to go with.

  1. Go to visit the free Webpage Capture tool.
  2. Copy and paste the URL of a webpage into the related field.
  3. Hit the "Take Screenshot" button and wait a few moments for processing.
  4. When the thumbnail screenshot of target webpage appears, you can then configure the image quality and file format.
  5. When you're done, hit "Save image as a file" to get the snapshot of entire webpage.
  6. On the other hand, you may also choose to preserve your image to the web space provided by the tool's site by pressing "Save Online".

Hope it helps.

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