Snagit (Windows): I need to move my unsaved captures to another computer

Problem

I need to backup my Snagit Library, or move them to a new computer.

Solution

The easiest way to move or backup the Snagit Library is by using the interface built into the Snagit Editor.  However, if this is not possible, or you want to save your QuickStyles, use the manual process described at the end of this article.

Built-in Backup/Restore

Note: This process will only copy over the captures that have not been manually saved (File > Save as).  Anything manually saved would need to be copied in addition to the process below.

Backup the DataStore

  1. Open the Snagit Editor
  2. Browse to....

    Snagit 13: File > Editor Preferences > Library tab
    Snagit 12: File > Editor Options > Advanced tab

  3. Choose Backup/Restore Automatically Stored Files
  4. Select Backup to create an archive of the Unsaved captures in your Library
  5. Select a file name, which will have a .snagarchive extension and location, such as Desktop or My Documents. 

Restore the Datastore

  1. Open the Snagit Editor
  2. Browse to....

    Snagit 13: File > Editor Preferences > Library tab
    Snagit 12: File > Editor Options > Advanced tab

  3. Choose Backup/Restore Automatically Stored Files
  4. Select Restore
  5. Navigate to where the .snagarchive you created is stored, then choose Open to restore the backed up Library.
Restoring a backed up DataStore will destroy any captures in your current Library and replaces them with the captures in the archived DataStore.  This means that if you are doing this on a computer that already has images in the Library, all images will be overwritten. Merging DataStores together is not supported at this time.

You will need to Close and Restart Snagit for the changes to take effect.

Manual Backup/Restore

  1. Hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and then hit the R key to open the run window
  2. Type the following and then hit enter:  %localappdata%\techsmith\snagit\

    This is the default location of the Snagit datastore. If you manually changed the location through Snagit preferences, then you would need to browse to that location instead.

  3. Copy the DataStore folder located within this Snagit folder and paste it to a safe location, or on the new computer. 
  4. Continue following the steps here to manually restore. 

This will save the Tags, Keywords, and Date of the capture (displayed as Date Modified) in the new Snagit Library.

QuickStyles

See this tutorial for information on how to transfer your QuickStyles: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-snagit-13-transfer-styles.html

Please note that when you perform these steps the following information will not be saved.

  • Correct Date Created.  This is generated by Windows and will be the date the files are transferred to your new hard drive.
  • Saved Captures. You will need to manually copy images that you have saved, they are not stored in the DataStore.

Additional Information

For more information about transferring Snagit to another computer, please visit this link: I need to move my TechSmith Software

 

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