Text Tool

Add captions, headings, or other text to an image.

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Note: Text and other tools in the Snagit Editor toolbar are available to annotate images. To draw your viewer’s attention while you record video, try Screen Draw. To enhance video you have already recorded, share your video to TechSmith Camtasia.

Add Text

  1. Click the Text tool in the Snagit Editor toolbar.
    Text tool

    Note: If the tool is not visible in the toolbar, click the More dropdown. To customize your toolbar, see Customize the Snagit Toolbar.

  2. Select a Quick Style or edit the tool properties to customize the tool. See Tool Properties.
  3. Click and drag on the Canvas to select the location for your text.
  4. Type the desired text.
  5. When you are finished with the Text tool, click the Move tool in the toolbar to select, move, edit, or delete objects you added to your image.
    Move tool

Note: To add text with a background color, border, or arrow, use the Callout Tool.

Edit or Remove Text

To edit or remove text that was added with the Text tool, click to select the text on the Canvas and complete any of the following:

  • Change the current text style by clicking a Quick Style or edit the Tool Properties.
  • Type to enter text.
  • To delete the text, press the Delete key.

Note: To edit text captured in a screenshot or already included in an image, see Grab and Edit Text.

Tool Properties

Edit the properties to customize the tool.

Tip: Save tool customizations as Quick Styles.

After you edit tool properties, save your customization as a Quick Style for future use. See Quickly Access Favorite Styles and Tools.

Text properties on Windows Text properties on Mac


  • Fill: Change the interior color.
    Fill dropdown
  • Outline: Change the color outlining text.
    Outline dropdown

Click the dropdown and select one of the following to set the color:

  • Click to select a preset or color from the palette.
    color selection
  • Enter a HEX or RGB value into the field.
    HEX field
  • Click the Eyedropper button and then click to select a color from anywhere on the screen.

Click to select a shadow direction. To turn off the shadow, click to deselect the shadow direction.
Shadow control

Advanced Shadow Properties
Click the dropdown arrow to access additional Shadow properties:
Advanced Shadow Properties

  • Color: Select a color for the shadow.
  • Angle (Windows only): Set the direction of the shadow extending from the tool.
  • Distance: Increase/decrease the distance between the tool and the shadow.
  • Opacity: Increase/decrease the transparency of the shadow.
  • Blur: Increase/decrease the clarity of the shadow.

Font Properties

  • Font: Click the dropdown to select a font.
  • Font Size: Drag the slider or enter a value to adjust the font size.
  • Font Style (Mac Only): Click the dropdown to select the text formatting: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic. For Windows, see Advanced Font Properties for more formatting options.
  • Line Width: Drag the slider or enter a value to adjust the width of the text outline. Set to 0 to remove the outline from the text.

Advanced Font Properties
Click the dropdown arrow to access additional font properties.

  • Style: Click to select the text formatting: Bold (Windows), Italic (Windows), Underline, Strikethrough (Mac). For Mac, see Font Style for more formatting options.
  • Alignment: Click to select the horizontal or vertical text alignment.
  • Padding (Windows only): Adjust the space surrounding the text.
  • Opacity: Drag the slider to adjust the text transparency level.

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