Snagit vs Windows Snipping Tool

Snagit vs. Snipping Tool

When it comes to taking a screenshot or recording your screen on a PC, it’s easy to assume that the Windows Snipping Tool will be ‘good enough’ to satisfy your screen-capturing needs. However, here at TechSmith, we’ve heard from many of our users that while they tried to cut costs by using basic tools, they eventually switched to TechSmith’s Snagit after realizing what they were missing — and how much it was costing them.

Being able to save time while improving the quality of work is something all businesses strive for, and the built-in Snipping Tool just doesn’t quite cut it. That’s where Snagit steps in. With its wide range of cutting-edge features, Snagit makes it easier than ever to explain complex concepts through advanced screen captures. 

While it’s great for taking screen captures on Windows, it’s more than a screenshot tool — it’s the go-to solution for quickly capturing processes and making step-by-step instructions, tutorials, and documentation.

Even the act of taking a screenshot is streamlined and more accurate with Snagit. Simply open Snagit and click the big red Capture button, or use your chosen keyboard shortcut. This will give you the option to capture a region, window, or a full-screen. If you want to define your own capture area, Snagit will provide a magnifier so you can take a pixel-perfect screenshot. 

There are also a ton of customizations you can make when taking a screenshot too. Want to take a time-delayed capture? We’ve got you! Need to capture a menu or object? No problem! Want your cursor to be included in the shot? Easy! 

But that’s not all… 

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Snagit vs Snipping Tool Comparison

SnagitSnipping Tool
Capture ScreenshotsYesYes
Multiple Sharing OptionsYesYes
Basic MarkupYesYes
Panoramic CaptureYesNo
Advanced Image EditingYesNo
Replace TextYesNo
Smart MoveYesNo
Step ToolYesNo
Templates & StampsYesNo
Capture Screen RecordingsYesNo
Capture WebcamYesNo
Record Microphone & System AudioYesNo
Screen DrawYesNo
Trim Video ClipsYesNo
Create Video from ImagesYesNo
Create Animated GIFsYesNo

While there isn’t a completely free version of Snagit, it does come with a free, full-featured trial to get you started. Which is the best way to try out its advanced features for yourself. 

Speaking of advanced features, here are our top five reasons you should consider choosing Snagit over basic built-in screen capture software, like the Snipping Tool.

When is Snagit Better than the Snipping Tool?

1. When you need more than basic screenshots

If all you need is a basic screenshot every now and then, the Snipping Tool will probably serve you just fine. However, if you use screenshots a lot in your daily routine, it may be worth upgrading to a better tool.

It’s like the difference between the old cell phones from the 90s and the latest smartphone. Those old phones were fine when it came to basic tasks like making phone calls and playing Snake, but the world has moved on. Can you imagine going back to buttons and predictive text? We didn’t think so.


With Snagit, you’ll get advanced screen capture features that let you:

Snagit is flexible enough to grow with you and your work. According to research from TechSmith, 79% of employees believe that using screenshots or video would improve their business and 48% of employees consider video the most engaging form of communication. Furthermore, our study shows that 97% of those who create images like screenshots, infographics, and charts to support communication at work say it makes their messages more effective.

While the Snipping Tool can do some things, there’s a lot more that it can’t do. What makes Snagit really stand out is that it won’t just let you record your screen, it will let you edit the footage as well. Whether you need to trim a video, combine different clips, or annotate your footage with customizable Callouts (such as shapes and text) — you can!  

With Snagit, you can even record your screen and webcam at the same time, alongside your computer audio and internal or external microphone. And if you want a video but only have a selection of images, then don’t worry, with Snagit you can easily create videos with images

On the flip side, if you want to take a single frame from your video and save it as an image, perhaps to create a video thumbnail, you can! And there’s a whole world of other features ready to make your life easier! 

​2. When you’re worried about wasting time

While the Snipping Tool could seem like it’s the quick and easy option, it actually ends up wasting a lot of time. Sure, it’s better than not using screenshots at all, but the time it takes to create a decent-looking image is hardly worth the trouble. 

Once you’ve captured your screen with the Snipping Tool, you’ll have to use another tool to edit your screenshot with any kind of professionalism. The Snipping Tool only comes with a pen tool, highlighter, and eraser — which can make for a pretty sloppy result in the end. 

Snagit has these tools as well, but it also has so much more. 

snagit vs snipping tool time comparison

You may have also found that sharing a screenshot, or adding it to a Word document, is harder than it should be. Most of the time your screenshots will be automatically saved in the deepest, darkest folders of your computer’s file directory. 

Why does this happen? Who knows! All we know is that Snagit makes sharing super simple (and logical). Using Snagit’s integrated Share button, you can instantly send images to destinations like email, Microsoft Word, Dropbox, Slack, and more, with just one click.

You can also use TechSmith’s Screencast to share your Snagit media as a hyperlink, which will be available to anyone, regardless of whether they’re a Snagit user. 

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3. When you need image editing capabilities

Snagit is loaded with a plethora of professional-looking shapes, arrows, callouts, and stamps to keep your markups looking slick. They’re all customizable too, so you can easily change the shape, size, and color of every callout. 

Plus, if there is a specific style guide for your band that you want your annotations to comply with, you can easily create a custom theme to support your company’s hex color codes and fonts. 

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With annotating tools and special effects, Snagit simplifies the editing process and makes it easy to enhance your images. While it might not be as advanced as software like Photoshop, the Snagit editor can definitely handle more than just basic screenshot editing. 

You can also blur out sensitive information, simplify your screenshots, and create numbered document steps.

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4. When you want to copy text from an image

One of the best features in Snagit is the ability to extract text from an image. Yes, you read that right — if you have an image that features text, Snagit can help you copy, paste, and even edit it! 

This might sound like more of a luxury than a necessity, but imagine you’ve got a screenshot or a PDF, and you need to copy the text from it. This might seem impossible with the Snipping Tool, but with Snagit, it’s quick and easy.

Snagit uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR), to recognize the text. So if you can see it on your screen, Snagit can see it too. You can even use this feature to help translate text. Pretty cool, huh?

5. When you want to create quick (and professional-looking) guides

This is where things get really awesome if you use Snagit, rather than the Snipping Tool. 

Snagit is essentially your one-stop shop for creating quick how-to content. You can easily capture any process from your computer screen, mark up your screenshots with arrows, callouts, and numbers, and combine them all into one, organized piece of content.

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It’s the perfect way to create visual step-by-step instructions, how-to guides, user documentation, and more.

Better yet, if you make guides all the time, Snagit comes loaded with a bunch of different templates you can take advantage of. This means that rather than creating every guide from scratch, you can use a template to lighten your workload while achieving a uniform look. 

And there you have it! Five reasons you should choose Snagit over the Snipping Tool. 

If all you need to do is take screenshots, then the Snipping Tool might work out just fine for you. But if you’re a busy professional who needs high-quality screenshots, recordings, and GIFs to explain a process, then we’re willing to bet that if you try Snagit, you won’t go back. 

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Snagit vs Snipping Tool, the FAQs

Is Snagit the same as Snipping Tool?

While both take screen captures, Snagit also lets you mark up your screenshots with arrows, callouts, and numbers, and combine them all into one organized piece of content.

What’s better than the Snipping Tool?

If you need more than just basic screenshots, there are many better options than the Snipping Tool. Snagit is a professional software packed with advanced tools that make it easy to create high-quality how-to content.

Is there a free version of Snagit?

While there isn’t a completely free version of Snagit, there is a free, full-featured trial to get you started.

How much does Snagit cost?

A single license of Snagit costs $62.99. However, TechSmith offers volume discounts, as well as discounts for educational and government licenses.

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