Using the Capture Tool

ScreenSteps 2.8.7 introduced a brand new capture tool that helps streamline capturing new images and replacing existing images. The same features are provided on both Windows and Mac OS X.

Capture Feedback

The Capture Feedback window provides information about the current capture session and spells out the shortcut keys you can use to access certain features.

  1. The space bar toggles between window capture and area capture mode. In this screenshot window capture mode is active.
  2. Pressing the R key cycles through your capture history. As you press R, previous rectangles that you have capture will appear. Hold down the Shift key while pressing R to cycle backwards.
  3. Press the C key to toggle the visibility of the mouse cursor. By default the mouse cursor will be hidden but ScreenSteps will remember the last setting you used each time a new screen capture session begins.

Capturing Windows

In window capture mode the window under the capture cursor will highlight (1). Clicking or pressing the enter/return key will capture that window.

You know you are in window capture mode when the window icon is visible (2).

Tip: You can switch to area capture mode by clicking and dragging the mouse. ScreenSteps will automatically exit window capture mode and begin drawing a capture rectangle.

Area Capture Mode

In area capture mode you manually define the are of the screen that you want to capture (1). Simply click and drag to draw a capture rectangle. You can then use the handles around the rectangle to resize as needed (2).

You can nudge the rectangle around the screen a pixel at a time using the arrow keys. Hold down the SHIFT key to nudge the rectangle 10 pixels at a time.

To capture the area, press the enter/return key or click on the camera icon (3).

Showing and Hiding the Cursor

You can specify whether or not you want the cursor to appear in your screenshot by pressing the C key. In this screenshot you can see that the cursor is visible.

Here is the same screenshot with the cursor hidden.


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