Capture Your Screen

Learn how to take your first capture with Snagit.

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In this tutorial:


This topic provides a brief introduction to help you take your first capture with Snagit. For more in-depth information about how to capture a screenshot or video of anything on your screen, see the following topics:

Open the Capture Window

The Capture window provides access to all Snagit capture settings. To open the Snagit Capture window:

  • On Windows, click the Snagit icon in the taskbar or notifications area.
    Snagit taskbar icon
  • On Mac, click the Snagit menu icon icon in the menu bar.
    Snagit Capture window for Mac
  • In Snagit Editor, click the Capture button.
    Capture button

Capture Window Overview

In the Capture window, select the capture type and settings to capture anything on the screen.
Capture Window with label numbers

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All-in-One tab
Quickly Capture an image, video, or scrolling capture. See Take Your First Capture.

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

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

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

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Capture button
Click the Capture button to start a capture with the current settings selected on the tab.

Take Your First Capture

  1. Open the application or window 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).
    Capture Window
  3. The orange crosshairs appear. Click and drag on the screen to select the area to capture.
    Capture crosshairs
  4. The All-in-One toolbar appears.
    All-in-One toolbar
  5. Select an option:
    • 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 with Snagit.
      Video Capture button
    • To capture a scrolling area, click the Scrolling Capture button. See Capture a Scrolling Area.
      Scrolling capture button

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

Tip: Save time with the global capture hotkey and presets.

The global capture hotkey (Print Screen for Windows or Control+Shift+C for Mac) starts a new capture with the current settings in the Capture window. These are typically saved from your most recent capture. To edit capture settings, open the Capture window.

To set different keyboard shortcuts for your most common captures, see Save Capture Settings as Presets.

Note: This tutorial is for Snagit version 2024. Previous versions may look or function differently.