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When taking screen shots for use in tutorials, it would be really helpful to include the mouse cursor in the picture, but I've found that most screenshot tools (including those that ship with Windows) hide the cursor from the screenshot.

How can I take a screenshot on Windows which includes the mouse cursor?

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    Why not just take a shot of the relevant pointer type from the control panel mouse window, and then you can paste it in where ever you like. Not an ideal solution, but it's probably what I'd do. – DMA57361 Sep 15 '10 at 7:26
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    I don't know of any offhand, but I wrote a basic screenshot app, it would just be deleting a line to make it not hide the cursor, its GPL'd, so anyone can make that change freely. Source can be found here: pulsarsoftware.net/Download/Source/SC_0.1_Source.zip – MaQleod Sep 15 '10 at 7:49
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    you can get a compiler for that for free here autoitscript.com/autoit3/downloads.shtml – MaQleod Sep 15 '10 at 8:20
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    The bane of stackexchange are these moderators that have nothing better to do than to close terrifically useful questions that have not a hint of being off-topic. Absolutely inexcusable. – Nicholas Petersen Dec 22 '15 at 18:28
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    Please reopen. There is nothing in the question that requests product, service, or learning material recommendations. The OP asks how to accomplish a particular and reasonable task. – Jason S Nov 9 '18 at 15:44
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Hypersnap is another good one.

  • The trial version adds ugly ads to the screenshot, but it worked for me so this is my answer. – Sam Sep 16 '10 at 5:29
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    Irfanview is far better, free + no ads (see next answer) -- I always copy-and-paste screenshots into Ifranview for cropping anyway, so the capture feature makes it one step. – Jason Hanley Dec 9 '12 at 19:10
  • Solid Capture - ten bucks cheapier, easier to use and trial without dirt on the screenshot. (It captures mouse cursor with tooltip, in contrast to IrfanView) – rook Dec 6 '13 at 12:00
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IrfanView has an option to include the cursor while taking screenshots. Press C to configure options and the hotkey. It is free for private, educational, and non-commercial use.

InfanView Options

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    IrfanView is a great image viewer and a decent basic editor; I had no idea it took screenshots too! The screenshot capture tool looks nice and very flexible. – Steven Noto Aug 6 '12 at 20:55
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    This should be the best answer. I've been using Irfanview for ages and completely forgot about this functionality until now. – Jason Hanley Dec 9 '12 at 19:08
  • IrfanView is good on capture, it's free and has advanced capturing options, but I couldn't get it to capture mouse cursor with tooltip.. – rook Dec 6 '13 at 11:52
  • Upvoted. Thank you very much. Did you know how to enable/disable mouse cursor using command-line options? – john c. j. Feb 19 '18 at 18:05
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    @Black: by typing shortcut keys defined in the Capture method -> Hot key section (see the screenshot). – ccpizza Dec 19 '18 at 14:55
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I've been very happy with Greenshot - you can turn on/off if mouse is captured or not + it has nice capability of adding notes and lines/arrows diretcly on the image after taking the shot. Great if you're creating user manuals or similar stuff. It's also free and open source.

http://getgreenshot.org/

(I'm not in any way affiliated with this product or it's author - just a satisfied user).

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In Windows 7 you can also search 'psr' in the Start Search:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ht/problem-steps-recorder.htm

This produces a .mht and images you can use in a tutorial.

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    The only con to this method is that the images that were captured will be compressed and saved in JPEG format. Nonetheless, this helped me get my presentation across to others. – tom_mai78101 Nov 14 '13 at 13:24
  • Another con to this method is that it only captures an image when you click the mouse button. In my case i was trying to record a problem that happens when you hover over the Close button of an application. – Ian Boyd Jul 25 '15 at 19:15
  • Exists in Windows 10 too. – Adám Jul 27 '17 at 10:01
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ShareX is a good free tool to capture screen with cursor

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Snagit has the option includes the mouse cursor. Plus it includes a REALLY good editor for screenshots. If you are not a computer expert, it is the best tool.

  • SnagIt is good and I have used both version 10 and 11. But somehow, it never captures the mouse for me on my Windows 7-64 bit machine. What's the trick there? I have used full screen, hot keys, timer but none of them work to capture the mouse cursor. I have to manually insert it by their excellent Stamp feature. – user173399 Sep 26 '14 at 5:39
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Screenshot Captor has the option to capture the cursor. It's my screenshot tool of choice.

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PicPick...

http://www.picpick.org/en/

great tool -- plus has little utilities that the rest of the suggestions don't.

  • Please refer to this meta post on how to give answers that may require recommending software. – James Mertz Feb 28 '13 at 23:56
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Screen Hunter should do the trick.

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    It does show the mouse pointer, but in a slightly misplaced location, and it messes up the background behind the mouse pointer :( – Sam Sep 15 '10 at 9:57

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