How to add a hotkey for delayed screenshot capture in ShareX

Oct 17, 2020
Tutorials, Windows software

Though I have reviewed many screenshot tools -- QuickSnip, HolzShots, or AutoScreenshot, my personal favorite has always been ShareX. I'm sure it's the same with some/most of you.

default hotkeys in ShareX

Despite being a stellar utility, ShareX does have some minor flaws. One example is its built-in keyboard shortcuts. Compare it with the tool's tray menu, and you will find that the list of hotkeys is surprisingly short and very basic.

You may have noticed that ShareX does not come with a default hotkey for capturing timed shortcuts. So, if you're using the default settings,  every time you want to take a delayed snapshot, you will have to use the tray menu, set the screenshot delay and then use the capture menu to select your capture mode, e.g. Full screen, active window, region, etc. That can be a little inconvenient, because you have to keep disabling/enabling the timer whenever you want to switch.

But you can easily avoid the hassle by adding custom hotkeys for various functions. The process is fairly simple, I'll walk you through the steps.

How to add a hotkey for delayed screenshot capture in ShareX

1. Run ShareX and right-click on its tray icon.

sharex - hotkey settings

2. Select the "Hotkey Settings" option from the menu, and a new window will open.

How to add a hotkey for delayed screenshot capture in ShareX
3. Hit the Add button in the top left corner of the page, this opens another window called Task Settings (with the Task tab in focus).

sharex - add a task

4. Click on the Task menu at the top of the screen.

sharex - select capture mode

5. Navigate to the Screen Capture menu and select your desired capture mode. In this example, we will use the "Capture Active Window".

sharex - task description

6. Enter a name for your new shortcut in the "Description" box, e.g. Timed Window Capture.

7. Ignore the other options on the page for now, and click on the Capture tab in the side-bar.

sharex - enable timer

8. Enable the checkbox next to "Override capture Settings". This will allow you to modify the other settings listed on the page.

9. Set the number of seconds after which a snapshot should be taken, by entering a number in the box below "Screenshot delay", e.g 3.0 (for three seconds).

10. There is no Apply or Ok button on the page. So, you can close the window and the program will save your settings automatically.

sharex - assign hotkey 1

11. Back on the Hotkey Settings window, click on the "None" button that is next to the shortcut that you just created. The button's label will change, and should read "Select a hotkey".

sharex - assign hotkey 2

12. Press a new key combination to assign it to your new shortcut. For e.g. Ctrl + Alt + Print Screen.

sharex - assign hotkey 3

Close the window and your new shortcut is ready to use. Try it out. Got something wrong? You can modify a shortcut by selecting it in the Hotkey Settings and clicking the "Edit" button. Want to add more shortcuts quickly? Use the Duplicate option and edit it per your requirements.

Warning: The Restore default hotkeys option will delete all custom shortcuts that you have created.

You can follow the above steps to add your own shortcuts for different screenshot modes, recording videos, uploading the content, opening the built-in image editor, color picker, etc.

How to add a hotkey for delayed screenshot capture in ShareX
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How to add a hotkey for delayed screenshot capture in ShareX
Learn how to add custom keyboard shortcuts in ShareX. In this example, we will teach you how to add a hotkey for delayed screenshot capture.
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  1. Norio said on October 21, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you! ShareX is my favorite free screenshot program, and this will make it more user-friendly.

  2. notAUser said on October 19, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Fortunately you need a screenshot delay in Linux systems only to make a popup menu or window screenshot. Because Linux systems close all popup’s menus when you click a Print Screen button. Sad but Linux systems are mostly developer friendly systems than user friendly.

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