Lightscreen is an open source, minimalistic screenshot tool for Windows
Everyone takes screenshots, at least once in a while. You could be using Windows' Snipping tool, others may prefer Snip & Sketch. Some of us opt for a third-party program, for sake of simplicity, customization and more options. Martin's preferred tool is PicPick, but there are plenty of others around.
Lightscreen ticks all the right boxes. The program's interface is compact, and user-friendly. There are three buttons in the GUI, the first icon captures a full screen snapshot. The one in the middle is the area selection tool, that lets you draw a box around the part of the screen that you want to capture.
You may resize the selection by dragging the edges of the box, or typing the pixel size like 100x100 followed by the Enter key. The tool will display two more buttons when you have drawn the box, a check mark that captures the screenshot and an X button that cancels the process.
Pressing the Escape key also cancels the capture. The third option in Lightscreen is select window, which is handy for saving a screenshot of a specific window. You can also use the program's tray icon or hotkeys to capture screenshots.
You can find the images in the Documents > Screenshots folder, to open the directory click the Folder button in the program's window. The application also saves a copy of the screenshot to the clipboard. Click the Options button to customize Lightscreen's settings. The first box lets you set the screenshot directory. The next section is the filename setting. Each image is saved with the filename "screenshot" and an incremental number at the end. You can assign a different name from the General tab, and the menu next to it has a couple of suffix options; date, timestamp and none. The images are saved in the JPG format, but you can switch to PNG or BMP instead.
Though LightScreen supports keyboard shortcuts, only one shortcut is activated by default. To enable the rest go to the Hotkeys tab and toggle the ones you find useful. While you're there, you can customize the shortcuts per your requirements. The utility can optionally upload the captured images to the Imgur cloud service, for which you will need to authorize Lightscreen with your account.
Head on to the Options tab to toggle the tray icon, and notification settings. With the default settings, Lightscreen displays a pop-up near the tray, and plays the Windows 10 notification alert sound. You can turn these off.
Toggle the screenshot preview option, and a thumbnail of the captured image will appear in place of the notification banner. The preview window has three buttons; to save the screenshot, view it in Photos, or to delete it. The program has a built-in magnifier that you can toggle from the settings.
Lightscreen is an open source program. It is not portable by default, though you can make it so by creating a file called Config.ini in the program's folder. Copy the folder to a different computer, and you'll be able to use it without installing it.
The screenshot tool does not come with a built-in editor, but the option that I missed the most was timed-screenshots. For a more robust screen capture and editing options, ShareX is the best option available.