Sharex is not only a screenshot taking application, nor only a file uploader but it supports both of those features and several others on top of that.
With that out of the way, lets take a look at what we can use the program for.
Download and installation should not pose any issues. You have got the option to start the program on Windows start which you can enable or disable in the settings at a later time.
Once you start Sharex you see a list of program features and settings on the left sidebar. The most important ones after installation are the "after capture", "after upload", and destinations preferences, as they define all automatic actions.
Available destinations include a good dozen or so image hosting services, half a dozen text upload services, and nine file uploading options, of which half are file hosting sites, and the other custom solutions including ftp, email or shared folders.
Some of these destinations need to be configured before you can make use of them. This is for instance the case for Dropbox or Flickr which require an authorization process before they allow the software to make uploads to the services.
It also pays to load the general program settings before you start using the program. Here you can modify the default program folders and hotkeys, and image quality settings plus the following interesting features:
To use the program, you can either control the available options from the sidebar menu or by using keyboard shortcuts. Clipboard and file upload options are straightforward and do not really need to be addressed here. As far as capturing goes, you can take screenshots of the desktop, windows, rectangles, various other shapes and even free hand. The hotkeys for the most part follow conventions: print screen takes a screenshot of the full desktop, Ctrl-Print lets you create a rectangular shaped screenshot, and Alt-Print one from the active window. When you select window you get to pick one of the open windows that you want to take a screenshot of.
Each upload and screenshot gets listed in the program's log in the main interface. Here you see the upload progress if you have configured the program to upload, as well as the host and the file's url on the hosting site. A right-click lets you open the file locally or remotely, or copy its full, thumbnail or deletion path in various ways including as BBCode or HTML.
The information in the application window are cleared when you close the program. You can however use the history and image history tools from the sidebar for a detailed log with lots of options. This includes filtering results by date, type or name, previewing images right in the module, or loading or copying the contents in various ways.
Sharex leaves little to be desired in terms of functionality. During my tests, I did not really find anything that I had an issue with or did not like at all. If you are currently shopping for a screenshot taking or file uploading software that is as versatile as it gets, then Sharex should be one of the first that you take a look at.
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