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For several reasons, a lot of authors tend to add too many screenshots to their documents.

The screenshots look nice and colorful.

Taking and adding a screenshot typically doesn’t take much time. Mostly, it takes less time than adding an equivalent amount of text. Screenshots can fill a large number of pages quickly, which makes the author happy.

Somebody once said, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Therefore, many authors think that the more images they include, the better the documentation will be.

Don’t fall for the temptations to use screenshots in abundance!

Only add those screenshots to your documents that add some real value. Simply put, all other screenshots are nothing but useless clutter.

Be aware of the fact that adding screenshots can be done quickly, but that keeping them up to date, translating them into many languages, and even keeping them up to date in all of these languages can be a time-consuming and costly challenge.

The total number of screenshots = number of screenshots × number of languages × number of updates.

Always keep in mind that there are two(!) multiplication signs in this formula.

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