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How do I post a screenshot on Stack Overflow?

I would like to add a screenshot. It would help explain the question. How do I include one?

  • 2
    Don't forget to add freehand circles if you are posting it in meta.
    – Amarghosh
    Nov 30, 2009 at 8:13

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Images are exactly like links, but they have an exclamation point in front of them:

![Valid XHTML](https://w3.org/Icons/valid-xhtml10).

which renders as

Valid XHTML.

You can also use the image button, on the toolbar above the editor.


You could post it on one of the many free image servers and then post the URL in your question.

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    imgur is better.
    – Josh Lee
    Nov 30, 2009 at 6:33

As Robert explained, the syntax is:


You can also hyperlink an screenshot / any image like this:


If your system of choice is Mac OS X, Skitch is a nice option:


It's free, does screen selection capture, has simple but usually sufficient annotation features and you can one-click send to your skitch account for (also free) online hosting.

On the Windows platform, the closest thing to it (though in my opinion, a distant second) is Jing


On Linux there's Shutter


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