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Please tell me, with all the freehand circles and illustrative figures you can muster, how one goes about posting a screenshot in a question on Stack Overflow?

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    The answers provided here are no longer relevant. The preferred method is to directly upload to Stackoverflow and allow the image to be hosted on their pro imgur.com site. See New Image Upload Support for details. – saluce Jun 7 '12 at 13:54

This way:

  1. You go to the place you want to take the screenshot
  2. You press Prnt Scren (Yey! Our toy is back again!)
  3. Create an answer/question Any type of post will do http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/6651/pantallazo1p.png
  4. Click on the Insert Image button
  5. Search an image provider (top google search will do) I'll choose ImageShack as they are pretty reliable http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/3392/pantallazo2q.png
    1. Click Choose File and select the screenshot file
      • Optional: Resize the image to an usable size
    2. Click Upload
    3. Copy the first provided link
  6. Paste the provided link here
  7. Click OK
  8. Hurray! Mission Accomplished! http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/6356/pantallazox.png
  • That's about an average of 500KB an image thar. – random Nov 4 '09 at 11:13
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    Was laughing my way through as I was browsing through this post, +1 for the entertainment :P – o.k.w Nov 4 '09 at 11:14
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    Gah, no wonder it's taking so long. Shoo! – Matthew Scharley Nov 4 '09 at 11:15
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    @random: I love the smell of burning bandwidth in the morning. – perbert Nov 4 '09 at 11:15
  • The last image doesn't contain an image and it looks like you're stilling waiting for sstatic.net... – random Nov 4 '09 at 11:26
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    +1 That's the correct way for using circles! @o.k.w., you infidel, burn that into your eyeballs and never forget! – Ladybug Killer Nov 4 '09 at 12:29
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    The only thing that would make this better is if the last screenshot was of this answer. – AnonJr Dec 21 '09 at 16:20
  • Why does your numbering reset after the first three? Other than that, pure awesomeness! – Maxim Zaslavsky Jul 1 '10 at 22:19
  • perbert, you must check Shutter (available in the official repos). – Pascal Thivent Jul 1 '10 at 22:49
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    Nowadays, there is the Stack Exchange Imgur pro account, which is to be preferred, to prevent image rot. – Arjan Feb 18 '11 at 13:37
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  • It's true! This is terribly outdated! I use KDE now! – perbert Mar 4 '11 at 22:10
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    And all the images on this answer are gone. How ironic. – Nemo May 17 '15 at 10:42

Here's a post on popular Image Hosts you can use:
Image hosting for StackOverflow answers

Upload the images on those hosts and link to the uploaded images via the UI like what the other guys mentioned. That button is here:
SO-Insert Image

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    Shame on you for using soulless circles! – Ladybug Killer Nov 4 '09 at 11:00
  • @John: It's an oval :P – o.k.w Nov 4 '09 at 11:02
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    There's nothing hand drawn about that circle! – Ólafur Waage Nov 4 '09 at 11:30
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    That "oval" is an affront to all that is good and decent with the world. It is an abomination and flies in the face of huge manatees. – random Nov 4 '09 at 11:35
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  • OMG, I didn't know a non-hand-drawn shape is such a bad thing. I'm sincerely asking, why? Did I miss something? I can replace that with a hand-drawn one. – o.k.w Nov 4 '09 at 13:06
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    You prevented a full blown riot there o.k.w Good job on that circle! – Ólafur Waage Nov 4 '09 at 13:36
  • Feel the enlightenment: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19478/the-many-memes-of-meta/… – random Nov 4 '09 at 13:36
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    Much much better! +1 for the indulgence of your sin. – Ladybug Killer Nov 4 '09 at 14:15
  • @random: I felt enlightened... after reading the post, hahah. – o.k.w Nov 4 '09 at 22:50

With the new image upload support:

  1. Press prnt scrn.
  2. Depending on your platform, you may need to paste it into an image editor and save it.
  3. Click the photo button.
  4. Click browse and select the image.
  1. First you need to upload to a website somewhere. Free image hosting can work, as long as they allow hotlinks.

  2. Link to it using either the normal HTML <img> tag, or use the markdown ![My Image](http://example.com/path/to/image.jpg).

  • Just linking is (no longer) the best way: uploading to the Stack Exchange Imgur pro account is to be preferred, to prevent image rot. – Arjan Feb 18 '11 at 13:35

Hit the sixth button from the left in the 'post your answer' field. That allows you to build an image link.

  1. Upload it to some image hosting site.

  2. Link to it.

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    -1 Technically correct but not exactly helpful. – Dhaust Jul 2 '10 at 0:48
  • Just linking is (no longer) the best way: uploading to the Stack Exchange Imgur pro account is to be preferred, to prevent image rot. – Arjan Feb 18 '11 at 13:35

You can just go to uploadscreenshot.com and paste the image directly into an image upload site if that's easier.


If you are using a Mac or Hackintosh, just reduce your pain and use Skitch (ignore it's prettiness - it is very functional).


Use Jing - it is a simple free screen/region image/video capture utility for Windows, with a one click upload + place the link in the clipboard