Lightshot app not starting in Windows 11 – Best Free Lightshot app alternatives


In one of our previous posts, we discussed about how to use the print screen key to start Lightshot app for taking screen captures. Recently, we found out that the Lightshot app is not starting up in Windows 11. There are also others complaining about this on Windows 11 systems. In this post we will discuss about Lightshot app not starting in windows 11 and alternatives to Lightshot app.

Lightshot app not starting in Windows 11…

Lightshot app suddenly stopped working in Windows 11 and here are the symptoms.

  • When you start the Lightshot app,  you can see the program listed in the task manager.
  • But when you press the print screen key or any hotkey you have set for Lightshot, then the Lightshot screen capture does not happen.
  • Usually when you start the Lightshot app, the program icon is in the system icons tray. But this time the light shot icon is also not visible in the Windows system I can tray.
  • Troubleshooting compatibility and running Lightshot also does not work.

Best Free Lightshot Screenshot Capture app alternatives

We have tried so many different ways to test the Lightshot app not working on Windows 11. But it is still not working. If you are also in the same situation, then maybe you can revert back to the default snipping tool in Windows 11 or you can look for some best free Lightshot app alternatives listed below.

Flameshot – free screenshot capture app

Flame shot is another free screenshot capture app which you can use as an alternative to light shot app. Flameshot is a free and open-source, cross-platform tool to take screenshots with many built-in features to save you time. Flameshot comes in 64-bit version only, and is available either as an installer or portable version.


Flameshot is highly customizable – Customize the interface color, button selection, keyboard shortcuts, how images are saved, and more with Flameshot’s accessible configuration dialog.

In-app screenshot editing / annotations– You can choose to add an arrow mark, highlight text, blur a section, add a text, draw something, add a rectangular/ circular shaped border, add an incrementing counter number, and add a solid color box with Flameshot’s built-in editing tools.

Upload to online platforms

Available for Windows, Mac, Linux

Download Flameshot


ShareX is another free and open source software which lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It is a Screen capture, file sharing and productivity tool.  After capture screen you can automatically run configured actions to post-process captures.


There are various screenshot capture modes such as Fullscreen, Active window, Active monitor, Window menu, Monitor menu, Region, Region (Light), Region (Transparent) etc.

You also get various annotation tools such as Rectangle,Ellipse,Freehand,Line,Arrow,Text (Outline),Text (Background),Speech balloon,Step,Magnify,Image (File),Image (Screen),Sticker,Cursor,Smart eraser,Blur,Pixelate,Highlight,Crop image.

Download ShareX


FastStone Capture is a powerful, lightweight, yet full-featured screen capture tool. It also includes a screen video recorder.  It allows you to easily capture screenshot and annotate anything on the screen including windows, objects, menus, full screen, rectangular / freehand / fixed regions as well as scrolling windows / web pages.

You can choose to send screenshot captures to editor, file, clipboard, printer, email, OneNote / Word / Excel / PowerPoint document or upload them to your website.

Editing tools include annotating (texts, arrowed lines, highlights), resizing, cropping, sharpening, watermarking, applying edge effects and many more. Other features include image scanning, global hotkeys, automatic filename generation, support for external editors, a color picker, a screen magnifier, a screen crosshair and a screen ruler.

FastStone Capture saves images in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIFF, WEBP, FSC and PDF formats. Built-in screen recorder saves videos in MP4 and WMV formats.

Download FastStone Capture

There are several other screenshot capture software availabel – some paid, some free. We have list three best onces as Best Free Lightshot app alternatives. Out of which Flameshot is quite neat and packed with tons ot feature.

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