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How to easily blur information on a screenshot or image

How to easily blur information on a screenshot or image

Sometimes you want to block, censor or hide sensitive information when sharing a screenshot or image from your Mac or Windows computer.

Maybe the information is personal data from a logged in view of a website (like on gmail, facebook, google docs..etc) or it could be that you want to focus the screenshot to a particular area to make your point clear.

The bad news is that the default Snipping tool on Windows and the annotation tools on Mac's Preview DO NOT provide a blur feature for screenshots(at least not yet as of this article's writing).

The good news is that there are many non-design/non-technical tools that allow you to blur out or pixellate parts of your screenshot so you can easily hide sensitive or personal information. Snagit, Lightshot and Cloudapp are just a few examples of tools that allow you to easily blur out information on your screen capture.

These are powerful and great tools, but they require you to download and install a desktop app—which may be too heavy and complex for certain users.

In this article, we'll show you a super simple way to blur out any part of a screenshot from your chrome browser for Mac or Windows.

1. Download the Instacap chrome extension:

instacap screenshot annotation tool


2. Click on the extension icon and then click on the blur tool:

blur screenshot to hide personal or sensitive information


3. Click anywhere on any webpage to add a blur object, then resize and reposition to cover up the area(s) you want to blur out:

blur screenshot to hide personal or sensitive information


4. Lastly, click capture or share to save the screenshot as an image or copied to your clipboard:

blur screenshot to hide personal or sensitive information

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Junu Yang

A designer and maker. Building things to help people work remotely together more effectively.