How to Take Automatic Screen­shots at Reg­u­lar Inter­vals on a Win­dows PC

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Think for a moment. Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep track of all the activities you’ve been doing on your computer. Keep more of a history of them. That way you would know what software you opened at what time and even check if someone else has used it. Well, no operating system has this feature built-in. But what they do have is the ability to take screenshots.

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So what I’m going to show you today is how to automatically take screenshots at regular intervals while working on your Windows PC and automatically save them to a folder. This way you have a history of all your activities that you have done in the form of images. There are two different ways to do this. So let’s dig in.

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1. Automatic Screenshotter

Automatic Screenshotter is a completely free tool and has no payment barriers. It allows you to take screenshots of your current screen at regular intervals. You can set your own time intervals. After taking screenshots, it will be saved in PNG format in the appropriate folder. You can select your own folder and even rename the screenshot to distinguish and identify the screenshots by day, time and year.

If you want to take screenshots of a specific application (s) at regular intervals, you can do that too. You can even exclude certain applications from screenshots. You can also take a manual screenshot. So let’s take a look how to configure Automatic Screenshotter.

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Automatic Screenshoter Configurations

Download and install Screenshoter. I specifically chose this application because all features are free to use. The installation does not require additional installations and is easy to use.

After the installation is complete, the software will run in the background. It will be available in the system tray for quick access. Right-click on the icon and you will get a ton of options for quick actions.

Screenshotter option window

Screen recording is enabled by default. You can suspend it from here. Then you have a quick option for manual screen recording and an option to set a time interval.

Screenshotter Quickly set the recording time

Then comes the image browser. Here in this Screenshot Browser you can browse all your screenshots in periodic order. As can be seen in the image below, the screenshot thumbnails are organized by date and time. You can get options to change the display mode. One of them is grid mode where you get bigger thumbnails. You can even filter through these screenshots.

Screenshotter Media Browser

Now let’s take a look at the settings. Right-click on the software’s system tray icon and select Edit options. Here you will get some settings to adjust. I will discuss some important ones. First is to set up file naming patterns.

Screenshotter file settings

Under File settings you can set the default location for screenshots. After that, you have the option to set the file name pattern. Drop the menu and you will be given several patterns to choose from. Unfortunately, you cannot determine your own pattern. And finally you have the image size and image quality settings. If you set the screenshot interval to 5 to 10 seconds, you may want to decrease the quality and increase the compression. So otherwise you will not get any storage problems.

Next, you have the settings for applications you want to exclude from taking screenshots and the ones you want to specifically include.

Screenshotter Application Rules

There are two parts: ignore these applications and only commit these applications. You just need to add the .exe file name, otherwise you can add the address of the file.

There are plenty of settings you can explore on your own and customize the application to suit your needs.

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2. AutoScreenCap – a lightweight alternative

If you think the above application has too much to offer and you just want something lightweight that can quickly process and take screenshots, then you should try AutoScreenCap. It’s 900Kb and you don’t need to install it. It is a portable version.

Quick Rundown on its own features

  • Set the time interval in seconds.
  • Select the default screenshot folder.
  • Floating Start Capture and Stop Capture buttons
  • Adjust the picture quality. (JPG support only)
  • And all in one dialog.
  • Autoscreencap

    Tip You need to change the default folder and create one on a different drive. The default folder of the software is set on the system drive. Since the software is portable and not installed on your system, it will get permission errors and your screenshots will not be saved in the System Drive folder.

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    How effective can these tools be?

    Yes, there is a lot of software out there that allows you to monitor your PC remotely. But this method of monitoring activities can be further expanded to achieve other tasks. You can set the default screenshots folder to Dropbox or Google Drive and access it from any device. This alone makes it an effective tool for remote monitoring of PCs. So let us know in the comments how effectively you are going to use it.

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