We reviewed Lightshot and created a plethora of related guides that show why it should be a go-to option. We consider it one of the leading screenshot apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Additionally, it is also available as an extension or add-on for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. The software is lightweight, versatile, unobtrusive, and, most of all, efficient and easy to use. Lightshot also lets you configure a variety of settings that, in our eyes, make it valuable enough to set as the default option. We suppose you don’t need further convincing, and we have good news—you might have to do very little.
1. Pick a different Lightshot hotkey to set it as the default option
Right off the bat, know that installing Lightshot is enough to make it the default software. In other words, having the software should be enough to make it a priority. It will reserve the Print Screen or Prt Scr button as the General hotkey and Shift + Print Screen (Shift + Prt Scr) as an instant save of a screenshot from the get-go. On Mac, the default combination will be Command + Shift + 9. However, this may fail to work due to conflicts with other software or the operating system. To solve that, unless you want to go with the method below to try again, we propose quickly changing a Lightshot hotkey to something else. Then, use that button or combination to take screenshots.
2. Reinstall Lightshot to make it a priority
Are you used to the usual key combination or button to take screenshots? If pressing those triggers another software, such as Snipping Tool for Windows or Flameshot, you likely installed those after installing the software we’re studying. Therefore, the operating system has registered those as the priority over the default key or keys. Consequently, uninstalling Lightshot, then downloading and installing it should solve the issue. The software will take precedence over the button or combination, and will trigger first when those are pressed. The same applies to browser extensions. Consider removing Lightshot, then adding it to your browser to make it the top choice.
3. Turn off or uninstall other screenshot software or extensions
Many users report problems despite utilizing the method above. That’s why we put together a guide on what to do when Lightshot fails to register a key. Among those, we proposed removing alternative programs that either occupy the key or take precedence over Lightshot on your system and stop it from working. Some noteworthy examples include Windows Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch, OneDrive, or GPU software such as Nvidia GeForce Experience. Thus, either kill the process while Lightshot is active or uninstall that software from your machine. As for browser extensions, either deactivate all others or remove them from your browser permanently.