Practical tool to take screen snapshots


  • Autosave feature makes captures quick and easy
  • No registration or licence required


  • Few advanced editing features
  • Hotkeys limited


Screen captures are useful for various reasons. You can use them to highlight a certain aspect of a program to friends, make presentations or explain a technical problem you’re having. At Softonic, we usually use SnagIt to take screenshots but MWSnap does the job equally as well and best of all, it’s completely free.

MWSnap is a small but powerful screen capture program capable of taking whole desktop shots, a highlighted window, an active menu or a fixed or free rectangular part of the screen. It can save images in all of the major image formats (JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG and GIF) and also includes a zoom, a ruler and a colour picker. However, one of the most useful features specific to MWSnap is the autosave feature. This is brilliant for when you are filling in forms online and need to keep the details safe – just one click and it’s all saved automatically. MWSnap seems to be able to capture just about anything too – any size, shape or form. If something on the screen is too small you can always magnify it and capture it that way.

On the downside, the selection of hotkeys is limited. For example, you can’t just simply assign the PrtScn key to save screenshots. You have to use a combination of Shift, Ctrl, Alt and the function keys to take screenshots without the mouse. It could also do with a few more editing features such as the snazzy faded and jagged edge effects available in SnagIt. Some users also find that memory usage shoots up when taking captures which can make your system unstable although we didn’t experience this.

All in all, this an excellent free screen capture tool although if you’re looking for advanced editing features, you’d be better with SnagIt or FastStone Capture.

MWSnap is a small yet powerful Windows program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen. The current version is capable of capturing the whole desktop, a highlighted window, an active menu, a control, or a fixed or free rectangular part of the screen. MWSnap handles the 5 most popular graphics formats and contains several graphical tools: a zoom, a ruler, a color picker and a window spy. It can be also used as a fast picture viewer or converter.

Selected features:

  • 5 snapping modes
  • Support for BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG and GIF formats, with color depth and quality settings
  • System-wide hotkeys
  • Clipboard copy/paste
  • Printing
  • Auto-saving, auto-printing
  • Auto-start with Windows
  • Minimizing to system tray
  • An auto-extending list of fixed sizes, perfect for snapping images for icons and glyphs
  • A zoom tool for magnifying selected parts of the screen
  • A ruler tool for measuring screen objects lengths
  • A color picker showing screen colors with separated RGB parts
  • Fast picture viewer
  • Adding frames and mouse pointer images
  • Multilevel configurable undo and redo
  • Multilingual versions
  • Configurable user interface




User reviews about MWSnap

  • Hart Timy

    by Hart Timy

    Have taken 10,000 snaps using MW Snap over 10 years. Best there is. Because of it's functionality. Have tried 10 othe...   More

  • by Anonymous

    Ease of use is incredible.
    Used it for years, from original MWSnap thru MWSnap2 and now MWSnap3. ease of use inc...   More

  • by Anonymous

    Great snipping tool - outperforms others I have used..
    I have used this tool for nearly 10 years. It's the best ...   More

  • by Anonymous

    Great for using multiple screen captures.
    The View tab makes this a very useful screen capture program. View let...   More

  • by Anonymous

    Love this ...but.
    I`ve used MWsnap for over a year on my lappy and think it`s really awsome.I`ve just built my o...   More

  • by Anonymous

    MWSnap still rocks!.
    I've been using MWSnap for years and I love it- it even has a cute little camera icon. You...   More