Use Profiles to Save Settings

A profile is a saved selection of mode, input, output, effect, and option settings. Configure common capture settings and save them as a profile.

 Profiles overview

Tip: You can assign a specific hotkey to a profile in that profile's settings.

Profiles are made up of the following settings:

  • Mode: The type of capture you want to take. The four modes are image, text, video, and web. To change the mode, click on the blue button next to the Capture button. 
    Mode button 
  • Input: How you select what is captured. This could be a region, scrolling window, or even a freehand area drawn with your mouse. There are lots of inputs to choose from, but the All-in-One input combines the three most popular (Region, Window, and Scrolling Window) into one input. 
  • Output: This is what Snagit does with your capture after you take it. You can send it to your Clipboard, e-mail, an FTP server, automatically save it as a file on your computer, or upload it to You can even send it straight to another program. By default, the capture is previewed in the Editor. The Finish Profile button sends your capture from the Editor to your selected output. 
    output button 
  • Effects: Snagit can automatically add effects to captures before they are sent to their output destination, or before they are previewed in the Editor. By setting an effect to be done automatically, you can skip the need to use the Editor entirely. 
    effects button 
  • Options: Six global options that exist for captures. These options aren’t available for all types of captures; unavailable options appear disabled. 

All together, these settings can be combined to create something like a circular capture with a drop shadow that is sent directly to a PNG file on your desktop, or perhaps a window capture resized to 400 pixels and inserted into your current Microsoft PowerPoint project.

Save Settings as a Profile

Once you build the capture you want, you can save those settings in a profile. Profiles appear in the area above the Profile Settings pane and give you quick access to stored setting configurations. To save your current settings as a new profile, click the Save as New Profile button save as new profile button.

(The Save Profile button saves your current settings in the selected profile. This replaces the settings in the default profiles if one of the profiles are selected. You probably want to create a new profile instead of making changes to an existing one.)

Default Profiles

Snagit comes with seven default profiles. These profiles are designed to fit common capture needs.


All-in-One: An all purpose profile, All-in-One fits the needs of most users most of the time. The All-in-One input can capture regions, windows, and scrolling windows.

 Full Screen

Full Screen: Captures the entire screen. If using multiple monitors, captures all monitors.

 Copy to Clipboard

Copy to clipboard (no preview): Uses the All-in-One input to capture regions, windows, or scrolling windows and sends them directly to the Clipboard. Bypasses the Editor.

 Web Page as PDF

Web page as PDF with links: Uses the All-in-One input to capture regions, windows, or scrolling windows along with any hyperlinks in the captured area. Saves the hyperlinks as hotspots in the image in a PDF file. Bypasses the Editor.

 Copy text to clipboard

Copy text to clipboard: Uses the All-in-One input to capture RTF text from regions, windows, or scrolling windows. The text is placed on your Clipboard and previewed in Editor.

 free hand

Free hand: Uses the Free Hand input to capture a region defined by the user with a free hand drawing selector.

 Menu with time delay

Menu with time delay: Uses Menu input to capture program menus. Timed Capture option is enabled, which causes a delay between when a capture is initiated and when it is taken. A timer appears on-screen to indicate when the capture is taken.

Title Category Level Format
000 - Introduction to Drawing Tools Getting Started I Written
001 - Introduction to Text Capture Getting Started I Written
002 - Introduction to All-in-One Capture Getting Started I Written
003 - Working with the Canvas Canvas II Written
004 - Snagit File Formats File Formats I Written
005 - Documentation Documentation I Written
006 - Searching and Tagging Library II Video
007 - Stamps and Callouts Edit I Video
008 - Basic Snagit Tips and Tricks Tips I Written
009 - Working with Transparency Canvas II Video
010 - Use Profiles to Save Settings Profiles II Written
011 - What You Need to Know About Transparency File Formats II Written
012 - Quickstyles and Hotkeys Styles II Video
013 - Snagit Library Library II Video
014 - Print-ready Screen Captures Capture II Video
015 - Introduction for New Users Getting Started I Video
016 - Introduction for Existing Users Getting Started I Video
017 - Hotspots Edit II Video
018 - Import and Export Profiles Profiles II Video
019 - Editing Captures Edit I Video
020 - Capturing Transparent Windows Capture II Video
021 - Creating Capture Profiles Profiles II Video
022 - Capture Modes Capture I Video
023 - Using All-in-One Capture Capture I Video
024 - Sharing with Snagit Share I Video
025 - Introduction to Video Capture Capture II Written