Taking screenshots in Windows has long been possible with the classic method of pressing the Print Screen key on your keyboard and pasting the clipboard into an image editor, such as Microsoft Paint.
This was later facilitated by the Snipping Tool, which made taking screenshots much more convenient.
Yet, you’ll notice that both of these tools hide the mouse cursor when you take a screenshot, and there’s no setting to have them include the cursor in the shots. It’s not a big deal, unless you need the cursor in your screenshot. Then it’s a very big deal.
There are plenty of apps that enable you to include the mouse cursor in your screenshots, including a built-in Windows 10 program.
Steps Recorder is a built-in Windows program designed to speed up diagnostics. This program records the steps you perform on your computer to recreate a problem so that you can share them with a professional supports agent.
The good thing about Steps Recorder is that it also takes screenshots of the steps, and even better, it includes the mouse cursor in these screenshots. To take screenshots with Steps Recorder:
You’ll notice in the screenshot that there’s a green border around the active window. You can crop it out if you don’t require it, as sometimes that green border might get in the way of something you want to demonstrate in a screenshot.
In that case (or if you just want something more convenient), third-party programs deliver better results.
ShareX is a free and open-source screen capturing program that comes packed with an arsenal of useful tools that allow you to schedule and edit screenshots.
Aside from screenshot-related tools, ShareX also contains handy tools such as the color picker, the ruler, and even a QR Code decoder/encoder. Unlike the other apps in this list, ShareX can also record videos of your screen.
Download: ShareX for Windows (Free)
ShareX also allows you to include the mouse cursor in your captures. In fact, this feature is enabled by default. To change the mouse cursor setting in ShareX:
Up next, to take a screenshot with ShareX, you have a couple of options. A good way is to use the ShareX interface:
You can also use the ShareX keyboard shortcuts to capture a screenshot.
|Print Screen||Capture entire screen|
|Ctrl + Print Screen||Capture region|
|Alt + Print Screen||Capture active window|
|Shift + Print Screen||Start/Stop screen recording|
|Ctrl + Shift + Print Screen||Start/Stop screen recording (This will start/stop recording your screen in GIF format.)|
Go check out your screenshots. Your mouse cursor should be visible as well!
Developed by Irfan Skiljan, IrfanView is a free-to-use screen capture program that allows you to take your screenshots to the next level by allowing you to edit, convert and process them right there in the app. You can even create slideshows with IrfanView.
Download: IrfanView for Windows (Free)
To include the mouse cursor in your IrfanView screenshots:
To take a screenshot with IrfanView, you need first to initiate its Capture mode. This is done from the same Capture Setup window.
In the new window, you can edit, resize, color correct, and use all the tools IrfanView has to offer on your screenshot.
Greenshot is yet another free and open-source screenshot app. In addition to the essential tools, Greenshot also contains extra photo-editing tools and does a good job of keeping you from using photo editing software.
To take a screenshot with the mouse cursor, you’ve to first check the setting for it in Greenshot:
Now to take screenshots efficiently in Greenshot, it’s best to set some hotkeys beforehand.
Having your mouse cursor in your screenshots is a problem no more. Better still, all of the above apps are completely free, allowing you to capture images, including your cursor, for free.
Here’s how to edit a screenshot using Microsoft Paint so you can edit screenshots on Windows 10 without extra software.
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