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There are several screen capture tool questions already on this site, but I think I have a slight tweak to the usual. I'd like a handy screen capture utility that can:

  • Run in Windows 7
  • Capture a sub-region of the screen
  • Show the current state of the mouse cursor and any active menus

I'd like to use it for writing docs that refer to specific application menu items. I like the built-in snipping tool in Windows 7, but the act of using it dismisses my menus, and it doesn't get the mouse cursor either.

Do any such tools exist?

EDIT: Ahh, I wasn't familiar with the "delayed capture" options of these tools, but they all seem to fit the bill. Thanks!

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If you want to also capture menus, the best bet is just do a PrtSc (Print Screen button on keyboard), and then paste the captured image into an image editing software for cropping.

EDIT : PrtSc does not capture the mouse pointer. Editing answer to suggest alternative solution.

FastStone Capture is a free, extremely capable screen capture program, and I recommend it. To capture the menu item, use the "delayed screen capture" function, where it will have an audible countdown, and you can position the menu and pointer ready for that perfect moment of computing bliss.

FastStone Capture (Free + Portable)

Faststone Capture (Updated version + Shareware)

Actually, you can use any screen-capture software you like now, as long as it supports delayed capturing.

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It does not save the mouse pointer. –  Snark Sep 9 '09 at 15:51
I'm editing my answer - recommending FastStone Capture and use the delayed screen capture function. :) –  caliban Sep 9 '09 at 16:03
Thanks for the delayed capture pointer. –  Chris Farmer Sep 9 '09 at 16:32
No worries, I learnt something new along the way too! :) consider it as exchange of knowledge. –  caliban Sep 9 '09 at 16:35
@Snark It does save the mouse pointer. You have to set the option for it. The downside is the license is "Free for personal use". Screen capture tools are something you are unlikely to be using for personal use. Otherwise, it's great and the license cost ($20) is a lot better than Snagit ($50). –  mhenry1384 Jul 9 '12 at 16:02
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SnagIt is worth every penny and does what you require, as well as supporting auto-scrolling

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I bought SnagIt myself because it IS that useful. I (not kidding) would gladly pay two or three times as much for it. It's the best tool I've ever used for this type of thing. –  Max Schmeling Sep 9 '09 at 16:56
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I had a good experience with screenpresso -- quick, simple, aesthetically attractive and has great support.

demo screenshot

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Looks good. The license is right and you can run it without installing. I see an option to capture the mouse pointer, but no option to capture with an x second delay. You can change the hotkey it's assigned to, and I was able to use that to set a hotkey that didn't close my context menu (which is what I was trying to capture). –  mhenry1384 Jul 9 '12 at 16:11
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Bug Shooting

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The installer said 32-bit only, but I installed it anyway in my 64-bit windows 7 machine. It seems to work as advertised, but I don't see any way to capture the mouse pointer position. Am I missing something? –  Chris Farmer Sep 9 '09 at 16:18
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WinSnap is what you are asking for

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