Introduction to Capture

Capture a screenshot or video of anything on your screen with Snagit.



To learn how to capture with Snagit, see the following topics:


Open the Capture Window

  • On Windows, click the Snagit icon in the taskbar or notifications area.
  • On Mac, click the s2020-menubaricon.png icon in the menu bar.
  • In Snagit Editor, click the Capture button.


Capture Window Overview

In the Capture window, select the capture type and settings to capture anything on the screen.



All-in-One tab

Quickly capture an image, video, or panoramic capture. See Take Your First Capture.


Image tab

Customize the settings to capture an image. Automatically add effects, share directly to a destination, and more. See Capture an Image.


Video tab

Customize the settings to capture a video. Set up audio or a webcam device for video. See Record a Video.



Save frequently-used capture settings as a preset to increase capture speed and efficiency. Click the Presets button to open the list of presets. See Save Capture Settings as Presets.


Capture button

Click the Capture button to start a capture with the current settings selected on the tab. You can also start a capture using the global capture shortcut, press Print Screen (Windows) or Control+Shift+C (Mac). See Customize the Snagit Hotkeys.


Take Your First Capture

  1. Set up what you want to capture on the screen.
  2. In the Capture window, click the All-in-One tab and click the Capture button or press Print Screen (Windows) or Control+Shift+C (Mac).
    All-in-One tab
  3. The orange crosshairs appear. Click and drag on the screen to select the area to capture.
    Window selection example
  4. The All-in-One toolbar appears. Select an option:
    All-in-One Capture toolbar
    • To capture an image, click the Image Capture button.
      image capture button
    • To capture a video, click the Video Capture button. Select the recording options and click the Record button. See Record a Video.
      video capture button
    • To capture a scrolling area, click the Panoramic Capture button. See Capture a Scrolling area.
      panoramic capture button

The capture opens in Snagit Editor where you can preview, edit, and share the capture.


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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