Common Snagit Captures

Discover the many ways to capture with Snagit to meet your needs.

TIP: Save a Preset

To save the capture settings for future use, select Add Preset dropdown > New preset from current settings.

Capture Option Description

Capture an Image

Capture an image snapshot of anything on your screen. See Capture an Image.

Capture a Region

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Capture a portion of the screen. See Capture an Image.

Capture a Fixed Image Size (Windows)

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Save editing time by selecting the required dimensions during capture. Use this option to capture a consistent size across your images.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. In the Selection dropdown, select Region
  3. Click the Selection Properties button.
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  4. Select the Fixed region option.
  5. Enter the dimensions in pixels into the Width and Height fields.
  6. Disable the Set position option to select any area on the screen.
  7. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen.
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  8. A box with the selected dimensions appears on the screen. Move the box over the area you want to capture on the screen. Click to select the area.
Capture a Specific Location on the Screen (Windows)

Set Snagit to capture a specific location on the screen.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. In the Selection dropdown, select Region.
  3. Click the Selection Properties button.
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  4. Select the Fixed region option.
  5. Enable the Set Position option
  6. Enter the position in the X and Y fields or click the Select Area button to click and drag an area on the screen.
  7. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen.
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Snagit captures an image of the position selected on the screen.

Capture the Entire Screen

Capture the full screen. See Capture an Image.

If you have multiple monitors, you can only select one screen at a time.

Capture a Window

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Capture an open window, dialog, or area in an application on your screen. See Capture an Image.

Capture an Open or Hidden Window (Mac)

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Capture an image of an open or hidden window on the screen.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. In the Selection dropdown, select Mission Control.
  3. Click the Capture button or press Control+Shift+C.
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  4. Snagit displays all the open windows on the screen. Move the cursor over the window to capture. Click to capture the window.

Capture a Scrolling Window

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Capture the entire contents of a web browser or application window including the content that extends beyond the visible area in the window.

See Capture a Scrolling Area.

Panoramic Scrolling Capture

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Capture a continuous area within a window by manually panning or scrolling the window's contents. See Capture a Scrolling Area.

Capture a Menu

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Capture a dropdown or cascading menu.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. In the Selection dropdown, select Advanced > Menu (Windows) or Menu (Mac).
  3. On Windows, click the Menu Properties button.
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    • Capture opened sub-menus: Capture the open flyout or submenus.
    • Capture menu bar: Capture the menu bar label with the menu capture.
  4. On Windows, enable the Time Delay option to set up additional time to open the menu to capture on the screen. Select the Delay option and set number of seconds for the delay.
  5. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen (Windows) or Control+Shift+C (Mac).
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  6. To set up and capture the menu:
    • Windows: The countdown begins. Open the desired menu. Move the cursor over the menu to capture.
    • Mac: Move the cursor over the menu to capture. Press Control+Shift+E to capture the menu.

Set Up a Time-Delayed Capture

Add extra time before starting the capture to open a menu or set up items on the screen before capture.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. Choose an option from the Selection dropdown.
  3. Enable the Time Delay option.
  4. Select the Delay (Windows) or Time Delay (Mac) option and enter the number of seconds for the delay.
  5. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen (Windows) or Control+Shift+C (Mac).
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  6. The countdown begins in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Open or set up what you want to capture on the screen.
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Schedule a Capture (Windows)

Schedule to take a capture of the screen at a later time or future date.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. Choose an option from the Selection dropdown.
  3. Add an effect, select a share destination, or customize the other capture options on the Image tab.
  4. Enable the Time Delay option.
  5. Select the Schedule option and set the time to capture.
  6. Click the Start button or press Print Screen.
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  7. Click and drag to select an area to capture.
Set Up a Time-Lapse Capture (Windows)

Capture an image from the same location on the screen at a continuous time interval.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. Choose an option from the Selection dropdown.
  3. Add an effect, select a share destination, or customize the other capture options on the Image tab.
  4. Enable the Time Delay option.
  5. Select the Interval option and set the time interval.
  6. Click the Start button or press Print Screen.
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  7. Click and drag to select an area to capture.
  8. Snagit captures an image based on the time interval set. To end the time-lapse capture, click the Stop button in the Capture window.
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Capture a Free Hand Area (Windows)

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Capture an area drawn with the cursor.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. In the Selection dropdown, select Advanced > Freehand.
  3. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen.
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  4. The cursor changes to a Scissors icon. Hold down the left mouse button and drag around the area to capture. Release the left mouse button to end the capture.

Capture Multiple Areas on the Screen

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Capture multiple areas on the screen in a single capture.

 

Windows:

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. In the Selection dropdown, select Advanced > Multiple Area.
  3. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen.
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  4. The orange crosshairs appear. Complete one of the following to select the areas to capture:
    • 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.
  5. To complete the capture, click the Finish button at the top of the screen.
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Mac:

  1. In the Capture window, select the All-in-One tab.
  2. Click the Capture button or press Control+Shift+C.
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  3. The orange crosshairs appear. Hold the Command key and click and drag to select the desired areas on the screen.
  4. Release the Command key to end the capture.
Capture from a Scanner or Camera (Windows)

Capture an image from a connected TWAIN-compliant device such as an optical scanner or digital camera.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. In the Selection dropdown, select Advanced > Scanner/Camera.
  3. Connect the scanner or camera device to your computer.
  4. Click the Selection Properties button.
  5. Select the device from the Current source device dropdown.
  6. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen.
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  7. The TWAIN driver for the selected device displays an interface to select images. See the device's documentation for capture instructions.

Capture from a Webcam (Mac)

Capture a still image from a built-in webcam or another camera device.

  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
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  2. In the Selection dropdown, select Webcam.
  3. Connect a webcam to your computer or use the built-in webcam.
  4. Click the Capture button or press Control+Shift+C.
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  5. The webcam dialog appears. Select the camera device from the Camera dropdown.
  6. Click the Capture button.
Capture an Entire Webpage (Mac)

An alternative method to scrolling capture to quickly capture an entire web page.

  1. Drag the icon next to the URL from the address bar onto one of the following locations:
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    • Menu bar icon
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    • Snagit Dock icon
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  2. Or, select Capture window > Image tab > Selection dropdown > Webpage. Click the Capture button. Enter the URL in the Capture Web Page dialog and click the Scroll button.
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Snagit captures the entire web page including the area not visible in the current web browser window.

Capture with a Preset

Presets automatically remember your capture settings. Use presets to:

  • Save commonly used capture settings.
  • Quickly switch between capture types based on the task at hand.
  • Automatically add effects or share captures to a specific location or application.

See Save Capture Settings as Presets.

Record a Video

Record the action on the screen, the web camera, or audio (from a microphone or system audio) as a MP4 video file. See Record a Video.
Capture Text

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. See Grab or Replace Text.

Snagit Printer Capture

Send content from an application into Snagit Editor using the application's Print option.

 

Set Up a Snagit Printer

  1. In the Capture window, select File > Capture Preferences > Capture tab > Printer Capture Settings.
  2. The Selection Properties dialog opens. On the Snagit Printers tab, select Snagit 2021 or click Add a Snagit Printer. Click the Properties button to edit the settings for the printer output.
  3. Click the OK button.

 

Send Content from an Application into Snagit Editor

  1. In the application, select File > Print (or the equivalent in the application).
  2. From the list of printers, select Snagit 2021.
  3. Click OK to send the capture to Snagit Editor.

 

This help topic is for Snagit version 2021. If you have a previous version, upgrade to the latest version of TechSmith Snagit or view the help for another version in the Previous Versions section.

 

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