LightShot for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
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Easily get screenshots with this free app

LightShot is a free and simple screen-capture utility program that allows you to take screenshots quickly. Developed by Skillbrains, this handy tool practically replaces your keyboard’s Print Screen (Prt Sc) key and quickly uploads your captured images. With this, you don’t have to open up any editing program to save your screenshot. However, to make full use of its quick share function, you need to have an account on, its official website.


LightShot works similarly to most screen-capture tools and is a lightweight software that will attach itself to your Prt Sc button. When you install it, there won’t be an executable file installed on your desktop. Instead, you can find it as a hidden icon on your taskbar. Such setup makes it a bit hard to open the menu settings. However, you are allowed to minimize any windows or pin it to your taskbar for easier launching. You can right-click on the icon, and you can configure the different settings.

Using this tool is quite easy. Just press Prt Sc to activate the program. The screen will dim as the instruction “Select area” pops up next to your cursor. You need to click and drag your cursor on the chosen screenshot area. Once done, it will enter into the image editor. If you wish to exit out of the selection area or the image editor, you can simply press your Esc key, press Ctrl + X, or click the Close button on the bottom-right corner of the selection. 

Edit right there

The tool’s image editor offers basic functions, which can be found on the right side of your selected area. The features include three shapes you can add to the screenshot: a line, an arrow, and a rectangle. You can also choose to do freeform drawing with two different types: pen and marker. If you want a uniform text, you can insert a text box—although you can’t set any formatting. The color picker shows the default options plus the color wheel. Lastly, there’s the handy Undo button.

Another set of features pop up alongside the image editor, beneath the bottom side of the selected area. These include the ability to upload your screen-capture to, share to social media, search similar images on Google, print your photo, copy it, save it to your computer, and close LightShot. The upload feature is quite handy as you can easily share a link to your pictures and gallery the same way you can with image-hosting websites. Note that you can’t upload screenshots that are NSFW or illegal.

Lacks better features

The LightShot app lives up to its promise of providing users with an easy-to-use screen-capture tool.  You only have to press a key, click and drag, and then choose where to store your images. Much of the program’s issues just lie with how few options are available for you. For one, unlike some screen-capture software, you can’t record videos with this. Capturing in full screen also requires hotkey combinations rather than a pop-up option. The editing tools are also quite bare. Deleting images on your account also requires contacting support as you can’t manually do it.


  • Easy to use
  • Has an image editor
  • Can upload to website for shareable links
  • Lightweight


  • Must do hotkey combination for full-screen capture
  • Can’t delete photos on account by yourself
  • Can only capture images

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User reviews about LightShot

  • Emilio Perez

    by Emilio Perez

    Not even close to print screen You want a SIMPLE way to
    print screen. It is not.

  • CamiDesRae Carter

    by CamiDesRae Carter

    Very helpful tool.
    I recommend it for those that snip/ snag and share across multiple platforms.
    Not a resource hog or annoyaMore

  • Jacci Abrahamson

    by Jacci Abrahamson

    softonic it trustworthy! it is the best! i'll never use any other screen shot tool!

  • XImaPlayerX

    by XImaPlayerX

    Upload Failed.
    Well it would be good if it didn't fail all the time, It just says 'Uploading Failed, Retry?' And it never works..More

  • Daniel Leveille

    by Daniel Leveille

    Makes my job easier..
    Absolutely the best and easiest way to capture images from other programs to include in reports. Makes my More

  • Charles Chuck Berry

    by Charles Chuck Berry

    This software is fully functional and so easy to use..
    Very user-friendly and simple. I like the various options for saving and sMore

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