Select Colors from Anywhere on the Screen with Instant Eyedropper

By Lowell Heddings on January 22nd, 2008

As a programmer and a fairly terrible web designer, I often need to select a color from an image somewhere on the screen, and it gets really tiring to take a screenshot, paste into Photoshop and use the eyedropper there.

There’s a small utility called Instant Eyedropper that runs in your system tray and will let you easily select a color from anywhere on the screen.

Just click on the icon in the system tray and Hold down the mouse button… you’ll see a little selector window as you move your mouse around the screen. Releasing the mouse button will copy that color to the clipboard.

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The right-click menu for the tray icon will let you choose between a whole bunch of formats… mostly useful for programmers or professional designers.

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The Options dialog will let you choose from a number of different color formats, as well as change the resolution of the selector window.

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The biggest problem with this application is that there’s no keyboard shortcut… perhaps one of the readers can suggest a tool that includes one.

Download Instant Eyedropper from instant-eyedropper.com

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/22/08
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