Introduction to Capture

When you open Snagit, the Capture Window opens. Or open the Capture Window in Snagit Editor by selecting the sm2018edit-capturebutton.png button. You can take a quick capture, a customized screen capture, or a video recording.



Pro Tip: To save capture settings for future use, select Add Preset dropdown > New preset from current settings. See Create Presets for more details. You can also assign the new preset a keyboard shortcut.

Capture an Image

    1. In the Capture window, select the All-in-One or the Image tab.
    2. Click the Capture button or press Control-Shift-C.
    3. The orange crosshairs appear. Complete one of the following to select the area to capture:
        • Fullscreen: Click the Fullscreen button to capture the entire screen.
        • Window: Move the cursor over the window to capture. When an orange dashed border appears around the window, click to select the highlighted area.
        • Region: Click and drag to select the desired area on the screen.
      Capture content that extends beyond your screen using the scrolling arrows. See Scroll to Capture.
    4. To edit the selected area, complete any of the following:
      • Drag the handles to adjust the selection.
      • To enter a specific size, type custom dimensions in pixels into the Width and Height fields.
      • To move the selected area on the screen, click on the highlighted area and drag the selection to the desired location.
  • If you are capturing under the Image tab then the capture opens in Snagit Editor where you can preview, edit, and share the capture.
  • If you are capturing under the All-in-One tab:
  1. Click the Image Capture button to finalize the capture when capturing the entire screen, a window, or a region.

Your image is located in Snagit Editor.

You can also capture a video of your screen. See Record Videos

Capture Settings

Option Description
sw2018cap-CopyToClipboard.png Copy the capture to the Clipboard for quick pasting into another program or location after capture.

Open the capture in Snagit Editor to preview, edit, and share the image or video.

Disable this option to skip previewing and editing the capture in Snagit Editor. Select a Share option in the Capture window, to automatically share to your destination.


Include the cursor in the capture.

  • For image captures, the cursor is captured as a vector image that can be moved, edited, or deleted from the image.
  • For video captures, it is recommended to capture the cursor with video recordings to help show where the action occurs on the screen.

Delay the start of the capture by 5 seconds to allow for additional setup time before capture.
After clicking the Capture button, a countdown appears on the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Additional Options

Click the additional options icon to expand the share options for All-in-One capture.


Select an option from the Share dropdown to share the capture. To learn more about Share output, see Share Captures.

  • If the Preview in Editor option is enabled, you must click the Finish button in Snagit Editor to send the capture to the selected destination.
  • If the Preview in Editor option is disabled, the capture is automatically sent to the selected destination after capture.

Only outputs that support both image and video file formats are available. For more sharing destinations, use the Image tab, Video tab, or share a capture from Snagit Editor.