How to Add Custom Borders to Captured Screenshots in Windows 10 and 11

Taking screenshots is easy, but how about automatically adding a fancy border? Windows can do it too.

There are different ways to take screenshots in Windows 10 and 11. However, your captured snapshots usually don’t include boxed edges unless they’re configured to do so. Applying borders to your screenshots will give them clearer outlines on web pages and documents.

This is how you can configure Windows 11’s built-in screenshot tool and ShareX to apply custom borders to your captured screenshots.


The Windows 11 Snipping Tool may be a relatively basic utility for taking screenshots, but it includes some useful additional settings. Among them is a Cut Outline option that automatically applies a color border to captured snapshots when enabled. Here is how you can enable this Snipping Tool setting to capture screenshots with borders:

  1. Hurry To win + Sand type To cut Tool in the search text box.
  2. Then select Snipping Tool to use this app.
  3. Click it See more button.
  4. turn it on Cut Outline setting.
  5. Click on Cut Outline to extend this option.
  6. Then click on the color box to open a palette.
  7. Choose a border color from the palette and select the OKAY option.
  8. Drag the Thickness bar slider to adjust border width.


Now try capturing screenshots with the Snipping Tool. Click it Return button at the top left of the snipping tool to exit its settings. Then press Newselect Rectangular shears, and drag the mouse cursor to capture a snapshot area. You will see that the captured screenshot now includes a border as you configured it.

How to add borders to screenshots with ShareX

ShareX is a free snipping tool that beats Windows 11 snipping tool in features and options. You can configure this software to automatically apply border image effects to captured snapshots in two ways. Here’s how to add basic border outlines to snapshots captured with ShareX:

  1. Open the ShareX website and click on To download the.
  2. Right-click the taskbar button that opens the Start menu to select File Explorer.
  3. Open the folder where the downloaded ShareX installation file is located. Double click on the ShareX installer file from there.
  4. Browse and select the required options in the Setup – ShareX window to install the software.
  5. Then launch the ShareX software.
  6. Click on Task settings in the ShareX window.
  7. Select the Effects tongue.
  8. press the Configuring Picture Effects button.
  9. Click it + New option.
  10. To input screenshot border in the Preset Name box.
  11. press the To add button for effects.
  12. Select the Drawings > Border options.
  13. Then click on the Color box and the button.
  14. Choose a border color from the color picker window, then click the OKAY option.
  15. To apply a border style, click the Dash Style drop-down menu and select an option.
  16. You can extend the width of the border by entering a larger number in the Size box.
  17. press the close option.


All screenshots you now take with ShareX will include the border outline as you configured it with the Image Effect settings. To take a screenshot, click Capture > Region in ShareX. Then drag a rectangle over an area to include in the snapshot with the mouse cursor. You can view the output of your captured image by selecting Story in ShareX.

The other way to add borders to screenshots taken with ShareX is to download image effect templates. To do this, click Task settings > Effects > Picture effects configuration in ShareX. press the Picture effects to open a ShareX image effects page in your default browser.

The ShareX image effects page includes a variety of predefined border templates that you can add to your captured snapshots. There you choose stylish multicolor border effect styles for your screenshots. Click any border template on this page to download it.

Then navigate to the folder containing the downloaded SXIE border file in File Explorer. Double click on the SXIE border file downloaded from there to add it to your ShareX picture effects presets. Select to apply the new border template from the ShareX Image effects window, then click OKAY.

Make your captured screenshots shine with custom border outlines

It’s simple to configure both the Snipping Tool and ShareX to automatically add custom borders to your captured screenshots. If you only need to add basic outlines, the Snipping Tool will probably be sufficient. However, ShareX is a better utility for applying more advanced border effects to captured snapshots.

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