How to Create Annotated Screenshots Using Windows Paint
Frequently you need to create screenshots of your desktop for different usages as demonstration for your job or for educational utilisation. You need to annotate them and highlight the important parts to emphasise further and attract the attention of the audience to certain parts of the demonstration. This is "How to" use the Microsoft Windows Paint facility to achieve this goal.
- Take screenshot of the desired images on your monitor as described in wikiHow article How to Take a Screenshot in Microsoft Windows.
- Do not use the sniping tool's pen or highlighter at all.
- Insert text. At last, click on Text Tool button (shown as A) to insert text on the desired place.
- Write your text. After deciding on font, transparency and finished your typing, before you click out of the text box, You can resize the box, move it around, change fonts, color, new line feed just any like a text editor. Once you clicked out of the box the format of the box will be frozen and can't be changed. You can "undo" it if you are not happy by pressing "Ctrl + z" on your keyboard or at the top of the Paint's GUI.
- Surround the texts by shapes. You can use different shapes, arrows, and speech bubbles to surround your text.
- Decide for the color and thickness for your desired shapes.
- Move or resize shapes to desired location and size.
- Before clicking out of the shape box, right click inside the box and select desired orientation, outline and fill.
Make a Frame for Snapshots
- Use your artistic talent and practice to discover and improve the finished job. For example frame your snapshot to contrast it with the background.
Use Rulers and Gridlines
- Use "View" menu to put rulers and gridlines on your work. If you like to meticulously position your annotation on the prepared screenshots you might be interested to add coordinates to facilitate and achieve that goal.
- To draw a circle put the curse in corner of one of the subdivisions. Read its coordinates from the horizontal and vertical rulers. Then move the cursor horizontally straight without changing its height, as much as you want its diameter. Next, move it vertically downwards equal to the value of the diameter. Then release the mouse cursor.
- Know that the free "Paint" application that comes with your Windows has versatile capabilities that with some patience and practice could be used as a professional tool.