Snagit (Windows): Unable to capture text


Receiving an error when trying to use text capture in Snagit 11 or earlier.


Text capture is not available in Snagit 12 and later.  For more information, click here. 

SnagIt cannot capture text from PDF documents or image files. SnagIt is not an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program. To extract text from images you need an OCR program, which we do not provide.

Snagit can act as an OCR when combined with Office 2003 or 2007 libraries.  We have an article about this here.

Documents captured with the scrolling window (webpage) profile will be too small to be regognized by most OCR tools.

To Snag a document that you want to take into an OCR application, you print to PDF with the SnagIt printer.

With your document open, just go to File > Print, select the SnagIt printer, and click "print".

Snagit does not support text capture on some operating systems and web browsers.

Text capture is not supported on

  • Microsoft Windows 8/10 operating system
  • Internet Explorer on Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • Mozilla Firefox version 15 or later
  • Google Chrome 
  • Some dialog messages

 As An Alternative to Text Capture click and drag to select the desired text. Press Control-C to copy the text and press Control-V to paste the text into the desired location.

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