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SAP Consultant’s Tools – Greenshot

SAP Consultant Tool Greenshot

Every professional which is working on business solution projects is faced with the responsibility to provide clear and understandable documentation. Having only text in your manuals is boring. Probably you will lose your readers in several minutes. To prevent that, you should include visualizations which gives much better representation of your thoughts and knowledge which you would like to distribute to others. Users understand the content of your documents much better when you provide visual representation of the written text.

Making screenshots of what you are doing is usually done either by just hitting the “Print Screen” and paste it to picture editor like Paint or you could do it with another well known windows standard software – snipping tool:

Snipping tool

While it is much better than the “print screen & paint” way, snipping tool has a lot of limitations like – you are not able:

  • map a custom short-cut combination,
  • save it directly to the file
  • small capabilities for highlighting/annotations
  • etc.

 

With this post I am going to present you my favorite tool for such tasks which I heard about it from my work in current employer. Greeshot is the best tool for capturing screenshots.

 

With it you could do:

  • Mapping shortcut key for Capturing region
  • Editing the captured screenshots with wide variety of functions
  • Directly saving the captured screenshot into file
  • Editing an image from clipboard
  • And many other useful functions

You could find it here. Unfortunately it is available only for Winndows.

After successful download and install you will see a new icon on the system tray.

Greenshot Icon

One of first things that you should do is to map a shortcut key combination for capturing region. Right-click on the icon and choose the “Preferences”.

Greenshot preferences

 

For me the combination for capturing region “Ctrl + E” is working very well, but it’s up to you to configure it as you like.

 

You could also uncheck the flag for “Show magnifier” unless you need to capture areas of the screen with precision to a pixel.  The rest of the options are matching my needs.

Uncheck the magnifier

 

When you close the preferences of the software, you could immediately use the mapped key on all the windows that you have. Just hit the the shortcut keys (Ctrl + E in my case) for capturing region you will get immediately following cross:

 

Greenshot Cross

 

When you hit the left button of the mouse, drag the cross to the opposite corner of desired area and  release the button you will see following options for further processing:

 

Greenshot functions

 

I think that those options are pretty straight forward. In most cases I am using copy to clipboard option or “Open in image editor” where I am able to highlight/make annotation to the captured screen. After quick anotation you could again copy it to the clipboard or save it the file.

 

Open in a windows

 

I am sure that if you use the standard functionalities  of the Windows for making screenshots you will be surprised by how easily you could perform similar activities with the Greenshot tool. Check it out and you will not regret!

About Emiliyan Tanev

Hello, My name is Emiliyan Tanev. I am SAP BPC Certified Application Associate with a good process understanding of FICO. I am also an experienced accountant and financial controller with 5+ years of diversified responsibilities. I am also a member of Management Accounting Body in the UK - CIMA and CGMA in the US. I love IT and Finance which impacted my career orientation towards SAP FICO and BPC. Follow me and get the latest tips, tricks, tutorials and career guides related to SAP BPC. More about me on My Story.

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One comment

  1. Hi Emiliyan,

    I used both Snagit and Snipping Tool. i feel Snagit is better.
    When use Snipping to snap any button in SAP GUI (Example: Execute,…) . It do not trim to snap button and we have to do manually.
    However, with Snagit, everything is automation.
    I think it useful for consultant when write a guide document step by step.
    🙂

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