How to Take Screenshot With Mouse Pointer on Windows 10.
There are times when you want to include the mouse cursor on a screenshot, but most third-party screenshot apps (including Windows native options) hide the cursor in the screenshot. So, I tried several screenshot apps and found several apps that can help me take screenshots, including the mouse pointer. Let’s check them out.
Applications to capture screen shots using the mouse pointer
1. Steps recorder
Steps Recorder is a built-in helper tool used to record actions taken by the user on the computer. Once recorded, the information can be sent to other users to assist in troubleshooting. In any case, we can use this application to take a screenshot using the mouse pointer.
Open the Start menu, search for Step Recorder and open the app. Now you can see a small window with the “Start recording” option. Click here.
Now minimize the Step Recorder window and place your cursor where you want to capture the screenshot. The Step Recorder app only records your actions, so left-click as if you were opening a link. This action will be recorded as a screenshot.
Then go back to the Step Recorder app and click Stop Recording.
You can see the recorded steps and their screenshots. Just click the Save button to save these steps as a zip file.
Open this zip file and open the MHTML file in it. You can find screenshots here, just right click on the image, select “Save Image As” and save it.
And that’s it, the image along with the mouse cursor will be saved.
- No need to download third party apps.
- Great for creating a series of screenshots.
- You need to click to take a screenshot, which can be tricky if you want to take a screenshot with a link or a button.
- The user interface is not intuitive
- It does not support custom cursors if you are using them.
Share X is one of the most popular screen capture apps for Windows. It not only allows you to take screenshots with your mouse pointer, but also partial screenshots or screenshots for specific windows, tabs, menus, etc. If you are already a ShareX user, here’s how you can take a screenshot with your mouse with using Share X.
Download the Share X app and open it.
Now click on the task settings option.
You can see the task settings window, select the “Capture” option. Here, make sure the “Show cursor on screenshots” checkbox is checked.
Now place the cursor when you want to take a screenshot and press ctrl + PrtSc, now you can move the mouse and select the part you want to take a screenshot. And so the screenshot will be taken when you leave the mouse cursor.
You can now open the Share X app, view the screenshot you want, then right-click it and select the Download option.
- Multifunctional options and settings for your needs.
- Ability to easily take partial screenshots.
- You can preview before uploading the image.
- Nothing special.
As the name suggests, Greenshot is a screen capture tool that, by default, takes screenshots with the mouse pointer. Among the other apps on the list, the process of taking a screenshot with Greenshot is much easier and faster.
To get started, download the Greenshot app and install it on your system. The hotkey for taking a screenshot for this application is ctrl + PrtSc. If you have any existing shortcut with this hotkey, this application will automatically override it.
Once loaded, just place your cursor where you want to take a screenshot and press ctrl + PrtSc. The app will take a screenshot and show you a pop-up menu. You can move the cursor and click the “Save As” button to save the image directly.
Or you can click Open in Image Editor to preview and make some adjustments, such as cropping, before saving the screenshot.
- Built-in image editor.
- Simple and fast process.
- Cannot change hotkey for screenshot.
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Irfan View is one of the most popular image viewing and converting applications on Windows. It is a multifunctional application that also supports the function of taking screenshots. Here’s how you can do it with Irfan View.
First download Irfan View app and install it on Windows. Then find the app in the Start menu and open it. The app will open with a black blank screen. Click Options and select Capture / Screenshot.
In the pop-ups that appear, select the options desktop area and make sure the hotkey is set to ctrl + F11. Click on the launch option at the bottom of the popup.
Now place the cursor where you want to take a screenshot and press the ctrl + F11 hotkey. The Irfan View application will open with a picture of your screenshot. You can press S and save the image to your system
- It can even be used as the default image viewer, and is faster than the default viewer we get with Windows.
- The user interface is not entirely intuitive.
If you want to take a one-time screenshot, the step recorder is a good option as it is already built into the system. If now, you can choose Greenshot, Irfan View or ShareX according to your needs. I prefer ShareX because of the number of options available to you. So what’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.