Grab or Replace Text

Snagit uses optical character recognition (OCR) to detect text in images and convert to editable text.

Capture Text on Screen

Capture text from anywhere on the screen to paste into a document or another application.

  1. In the Capture window, click to select the Image tab.
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  2. In the Selection dropdown, select Grab Text.
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    Capture settings not compatible with Grab Text are disabled in the Capture window.

  3. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen (Windows) or Shift+Ctrl+C (Mac).
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  4. The orange crosshairs appear. Click and drag to select the desired area on the screen.
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The capture opens in Snagit Editor where you can preview the text in the Grab Text Results dialog. Click the Copy All button to copy the text to the Clipboard to paste into a document or another application.

Copy Text from an Image

Copy and paste text from an image into a text editor such as Notepad, Microsoft Word, or an email. Snagit offers two options for copying the text in an image in Snagit Editor:

  • Grab Text tool: Capture all text in the image.
  • Selection tool: Best for capturing smaller areas of text within an image to improve the accuracy and quality of the text recognition.

Copy Text with Grab Text Tool

  1. In Snagit Editor, click the Grab Text tool.
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    The Grab Text tool is not visible by default. Select More > Customize Toolbar. Drag the Grab Text menu item into the toolbar.

  2. In the Grab Text Results dialog, click Copy All.
    sw2018edit-grabtextcopyall.png
    On Mac, enable the Make Plain Text option to remove the formatting before copying the text.
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Snagit copies the text to the Clipboard for pasting into a document or another application.

Copy Text with Selection Tool

  1. In Snagit Editor, click the Selection tool.
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  2. Click and drag to select the text.
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  3. Right-click the selection and select Grab Text.
  4. In the Grab Text Results dialog, click Copy All.
    sw2018edit-grabtextcopyall.png
    On Mac, enable the Make Plain Text option to remove the formatting before copying the text.
    s20-PlainTextCopyAll-Mac.png

Snagit copies the text to the Clipboard for pasting into a document or another application.

Replace or Edit Text

Replace or edit the text in an image to fix typos, update text, or change the formatting.

  1. In Snagit Editor, click the Selection tool.
    sw2018edit-modifiedselectiontool.png
  2. Click and drag to select the text.
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  3. Right-click the selection and select Edit Text.
  4. Double-click the text to display the floating menu and make edits to the text.
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