I'm looking for a way to take screenshots when I press Ctrl + Prtsc and have them saved as PNG images in C:\Users\Me\Pictures\Screenshots

Can I configure Windows 7 to do this? If not, what freeware applications would you recommend (preferably something that I never have to see again (i.e. it sits quietly in the system tray) once I install and configure it)?


Gadwin Print Screen is pretty quick to do this. After configuring, you can achieve what you need with a PrntScrn and one (perhaps 2) Returns.

  • See my expanded answer for how to get proper one click printscreening. – Acorn May 22 '10 at 16:06

Expanding on the answer given by outsideblasts:

You can achieve exactly this using Gadwin Printscreen (Download)

These are the settings you'll need to change:

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With both of those off you wont be prompted at all and a simple PrntScrn will save a screenshot in the set format to the set destination folder.

  • Nice. well done – Noblejoker Aug 30 '11 at 4:16

Jing by TechSmith is a great app and free for the basic version http://www.jingproject.com/ I use it myself. You can set up any key combo you like for it. A paid upgrade gives you a few more features and it integrates well with TechSmith's Snagit software which is also recommended (but not free).

Use Snipping Tool in Windows 7 if you don't want to install software. Here's how to get a key combo for the app http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/assign-a-shortcut-key-to-the-snipping-tool-in-windows-vista/ , but you will not be able to assign Prt Sc.


'picpick' is able to achieve what you want, nice app.

  • Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the product here, and provide the link for reference. – James Mertz Jul 13 '12 at 14:08

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