Introduction to Text Capture

Text capture mode in Snagit takes text from just about anywhere on your screen and captures it as a TXT or RTF text. Send this text to your Clipboard, another program like Microsoft Word, or to Snagit's own Editor for basic RTF editing.

Use text capture to grab text from windows with non-selectable areas, like Windows Explorer, or from webpages with multiple text areas. Snagit's text capture can even capture spacing and RTF formatting like color, bolding, and italics.

Note: Snagit text capture is not OCR; this means that it can't capture text from images.

Taking a Text Capture

To capture text with Snagit, change the capture mode to Text using the small blue Mode button next to the red Capture button.

To change between capturing TXT and RTF text in text capture mode, select Profile Settings pane > Output > Properties > Text File tab.

To change the layout formatting, open Profile Settings pane > Effects > Layout > Text Layout Options.

Editing Text

When viewing captured text in Snagit Editor, a special Text tab appears in the ribbon. Before you save or send the text somewhere else, the edit tools on the Text tab allow you to change the formatting, spacing, and even the text itself.

The Clipboard group contains Copy All, Copy, Cut, and Paste functions. The Format and Font groups contain standard text editing tools, just like those found on the text drawing tool on the Draw tab.


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