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How to Include the Cursor in Windows 10 Screenshots

Posted by Matthew on November 15, 2018

Taking screenshots of your Windows 10 desktop can be very handy if you’re putting together presentations or writing how-to articles for a popular website. This TechJunkie article covered how you can capture screenshots with Windows 10’s Snipping Tool as well as providing other options. However, neither the default print screen method or the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 include the cursor in the snapshot. How can we take a Windows 10 snapshot and have the cursor included? That’s something that you can easily accomplish using the Gadwin PrintScreen utility.

First, add Gadwin PrintScreen to Windows 10 from here. Click Gadwin PrintScreen there to save the freeware version’s Zip folder. (It has a license period of 40 days, after which you’ll need to buy it, or reinstall.) Click the software’s setup wizard in the zip file to install it, and open the utility’s window as shown in the snapshot below. That’s actually a menu that docks to the side of the desktop.

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Now you can get snapping with Gadwin PrintScreen. Press the PrtScn key to capture a snapshot of your desktop. That will open the window in the shot below.

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The window includes the desktop screenshot you just captured. You will no doubt spot that your snapshot also includes the mouse cursor in it! So now you can save this snapshot to your clipboard by pressing the Apply button at the top left of the window.

Paste the image into Paint by pressing Ctrl + V. That hotkey will paste the snapshot there, and below is an example of a desktop snapshot captured with the Gadwin PrintScreen. Note the software also saves a history of your snapshots, which you can open by selecting Show Capture History on the circular menu.

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You can also include alternative cursors in the snapshot. To do that, select Show Options on the circular menu to open the window below. Then click Image and select the Use a cursor from file check box. Click Cursor File and the button to choose an alternative cursor to include in the image, and then press the Open button. The snapshot will include the cursor selected even if you captured it with the default one.

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Using Gadwin PrintScreen you can capture a variety of cursors within your snapshots. With the cursor in the shots you can highlight software options and settings more effectively.

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