How to include the mouse pointer in a screenshot in Windows

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And it is that, surely on some occasion we have needed the mouse pointer to appear in our screenshots, but we will not find any configuration of the usual options that includes it. Although it may not seem like a big problem, there may be times when we need the cursor to appear in our capture. That is why today we are going to see different ways to do it in Windows 10.

Do we need the mouse cursor to appear in a screenshot?

In general, it is in the videos where the appearance of the mouse pointer in the captures is usually more important when carrying out, for example, tutorials. Although, there are times where it can also be interesting to include it in our screenshots. And it is that allowing to use the mouse cursor in the screenshots of Windows 10 will give us the possibility of taking additional information that cannot be copied in a traditional way. Although it may not be necessary in our day to day, it can be used for specific occasions in which we have to make exhibitions and we want the original photo to be shown on the screen.

Take screenshots of the mouse pointer from Windows

Windows 10 has a built-in program called “Recording user actions”. This application has been designed to record the steps that our PC performs to recreate a problem so that we can share it with professional support, so that they can help us solve it, by checking all the steps. Additionally, this software is that it will also allow us to take screenshots of these steps where the mouse cursor is included.

If we want to take screenshots, the first thing to do is open the program. To do this, it will only be necessary to type Recording of user actions in the Search bar of the Windows 10 Start menu.

Open User Action Recording

Once executed, we will see how the program has practically no interface, since it only shows us a small vertical bar. Here, we will click on «Start recording».

User action recording Start recording

From now on, the application will take a screenshot of each step we take, and each of them will be marked with the active activities we carry out. Each time we click on the screen, a screenshot will be made and the mouse cursor will appear on it.

Executing user action recording

Once finished, click on “Stop recording”, the program will show us a window with all the recorded steps. Now we just have to find the desired screenshot, right-click on it and select “Save image as …” to save the screenshot.

User action recording save snapshot

Third-party programs to capture

Likewise, there are also third-party programs that by installing them on our computer will allow us to take screenshots where the mouse pointer appears.

ShareX, the best app to take screenshots

It is one of the best programs with which to take screenshots, being open source and completely gratuitous. That is why it is an excellent option to always have it installed on our PC. And it is that this program will not only allow us to take screenshots, but it also has an image editor and performs functions to add digital effects.

Along with the tools related to screen capture, this program also has other useful tools such as a built-in ruler, a tool to verify hash or capture a certain color from the screen. In addition, ShareX also allows you to make a scrolling capture and include the mouse pointer in them. We can download it from this link.

Once installed, we will open it and click on “Settings: tasks”. On the next screen we select “Capture” and make sure that the first option, “Show cursor in screenshots” is enabled.

ShareX Task Settings

Later to take screenshots with ShareX, we go to the “Capture” section. Here we will have many options to choose from. We can take full screen captures, to a window, select a rectangle, etc. And in all of them the mouse pointer will appear.

ShareX Capture

IrfanView, image viewer and editor with screen capture functions

We are now talking about a complete image viewer, light, fast and free. Among its multiple functions, it has the possibility of taking screenshots where the mouse pointer is shown. These captures can also be edited from the application itself and converted to formats other than the original. We can download IrfanView from here.

Once installed on our computer we must follow a series of steps to include the mouse cursor in our screenshots. To do this, we will go to the «Options» menu and click on «Capture / Screenshot».

IrfanView Capture and Screenshot

This will open a window called “Capture Setup”. Next, in its own “Options” section, we must have the “Include mouse cursor” box checked. In the Capture area part we can choose the type of capture we want to make.

IrfanView Include mouse pointer in captures

Once we have verified that the cursor will appear in our captures, the next step will be to establish a hot key to carry out the capture. This is something that we will also do from the «Capture Setup» window. Here we look at the “Capture method” section. By default, the hot key is «Ctrl + F11», which we can change if we wish.

IrfanView set keyboard shortcut to capture

Once finished, press “Start” and the program will be minimized. Now we press the keyboard shortcut for the capture, either “Ctrl + F11” or another that we have chosen and the program will take care of the capture and it will appear directly on its interface. In it we can check how the mouse pointer appears. Finally, to save it, click on “File” and select “Save as”.

Save screenshot with IrfanView

Gadwin PrintScreen, a simple utility for capturing

This simple and light utility will allow us to take screenshots where the mouse pointer is shown. It has several combinations of shortcut keys so that we can choose the one that interests us the most. We can take full screen captures only capturing the content of a specific window. In addition, it has six different image formats to choose from, being able to change the size in each one. We can download it for free from your Web page.

Once we have it installed we will check that the option to show the mouse pointer in the capture is enabled. To do this we run the application and in its interface we click on the gear icon called “Show Options”.

Gadwin PrintScreen Options

A new window will appear where we must go to the “Image” section. Here we will make sure that the “Capture the Mouse Cursor” option is marked and if it is not, we will mark it.

Gadwin PrintScreen enable mouse pointer capture

Next, to make our capture with Gadwin PrintScreen we are going to see its keyboard shortcuts, in the «Hot Keys» section. Here we can see the predefined shortcuts to take a full screen capture, a capture of a window or of a certain area. In case we want to, we can change these quick shortcuts. Likewise, we can take the captures using the buttons on the wheel of its interface if it is more comfortable for us.

Gadwin PrintScreen Hot Keys

Once the capture is made, it will appear on the screen, allowing us to zoom in or out, as well as view it in full screen. Click on “Apply” so that the capture is saved and can be viewed with any photo viewer.

Gadwin PrintScreen save screenshot