LightShot is one of the most user-friendly and feature-rich screenshot utilities I’ve come across in a while. Even though it has more features than the built-in Windows 11 screenshot utility, it doesn’t require a master’s degree to use or understand, and it has an incredibly simple yet intuitive user interface.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to use LightShot in three easy steps, and from there you can take the best screenshots you could ever dream of. We’ll also show you some interesting features linked to it.
How to use LightShot
This is by far the easiest step on this list, not that LightShot requires any amount of higher-grade thought to use. All you need to do is head to the link in the introduction and download LightShot free from our vast repository of apps and utilities. LightShot is available for macOS and Windows.
Once you’ve downloaded the executable file from our website, you’ll need to install the utility. All you need to do is click on the executable file and allow the utility to make changes to your system. From there, you simply need to follow the prompts delivered by the installation wizard and then wait for the installation to complete.
LightShot is an incredibly versatile app for Windows that can do so much more than just take screenshots. There are numerous ways that you can use this app and we’ll highlight them all in the section below. All you need to do to access this enhanced screenshot utility is hit the print screen button or click on the LightShot logo in your PC’s tray.
Even though Windows operating systems already have an easy-to-use screenshot mechanism for instant captures of whatever is on your screen, LightShot still serves a purpose. Hitting Shift + the Windows key + S initiates the onboard screenshot utility.
LightShot, however, calibrates to the print screen key on your keyboard, so you can access a powerful screenshot utility with just one button. If like me, you already have another function calibrated to the print screen key, you can also access LightShot from your PC’s tray – another easy and convenient method.
Easily share screenshots from Lightshot
LightShot also has numerous features that the stock Windows screenshot utility doesn’t have. One of these is the ability to easily and conveniently share screenshots to wherever you need them. I use screenshots for my work in articles such as this one. The built-in screenshot utility saves screenshots to your clipboard so that you can simply paste them where needed. This is enough for me, but other users would benefit from more advanced sharing options.
Once you’ve taken a screenshot with LightShot, you’ll see an array of options displayed in two banners in the bottom right-hand corner of the screenshot. You’ll notice that the vertical banner or ribbon has options for editing the screenshot; this isn’t what we need to focus on right now. Instead, our focus is on the horizontal banner. Here, you’ll find options for distributing the screenshot.
The first option in the horizontal list looks like the typical cloud icon. Clicking this icon will let you upload your screenshot to LightShot’s online screenshot repository. Sharing your screenshot to the online repository also gives your screenshot its own link. This is useful if you intend to link to your screenshot on social media.
Share from LightShot
The next option on the list is to share your screenshot. You’ll notice that if you click on the Share button, you’ll be presented with a sublist of social media to which you can post your screenshot. This makes it remarkably easy to share your screenshot wherever you may need it.
Another really useful – albeit obscure – feature of LightShot is the ability to search for images similar to those within your screenshot. I can’t think of a use case in which this would be particularly helpful, other than for novelty’s sake, but it’s a cool feature to have access to nonetheless. This feature is represented by the third button in the horizontal banner. All you need to do is click on the button, and a Google plugin will generate images similar to your screenshot.
Print, copy, and save
These three tools are represented by the next three buttons on the horizontal banner. While these are three of the simplest functions that any capable screenshot utility should have, it’s convenient to have them all located in an easy-to-use banner.
We won’t spend much time on these features as you presumably know how they work, but I will point out that the traditional shortcuts associated with these actions work perfectly well within the context of this LightShot menu. While still in LightShot’s screenshot interface, you can hit Ctrl + P to print, Ctrl + C to copy, and Ctrl + S to save your screenshot to your PC.
The last button on the horizontal banner lets you cancel a screenshot if you mistakenly screenshotted the wrong thing or simply no longer have need for that particular shot.
Utility and simplicity
These are two concepts that are usually mutually exclusive. In most cases, the most useful and feature-rich screenshot utilities have far too steep a learning curve. Either the app has far too many interfaces and sections to be truly simple, or it intimidates the user with far too much going on within a singular interface. To paraphrase Marie Kondo, this does not spark joy. LightShot, however, does.
This utility has an incredibly easy-to-grasp interface; on the vertical banner are all the tools for editing your screenshots to your liking, on the horizontal banner are all the options for distributing your screenshots as you please. LightShot could not be any simpler nor more utilitarian.