Capture an Image

Learn how to capture a screenshot of anything on your screen from the Snagit Capture window.

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  1. In the Capture window, select the Image tab.
    Windows image capture tab
  2. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen (Windows) or Control+Shift+C (Mac).
    Capture button
  3. The orange crosshairs appear. Complete one of the following to select the area to capture:
    • Fullscreen: Click the Fullscreen button to capture the entire screen.
      Fullscreen selection button
    • Window: Move the cursor over the window to capture. When an orange dashed border appears around the window, click to select the highlighted area.
      Select window example
    • Region: Click and drag to select the desired area on the screen.

      Tip: Use the magnifier for pixel accuracy.

      To hide the magnifier, press the M key.

    • Scrolling: If Snagit detects that it can scroll an app or web page, automatic scrolling arrows appear. Click an arrow to automatically scroll and capture. See Capture a Scrolling Area.
      Example of automatic scrolling arrows on a web page

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

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Capture Settings

Selection dropdown example
Selection dropdown on Windows

Selection dropdown on Mac
Select the capture area or type of capture.

Options include:
  • Region: Click and drag crosshairs on the screen to manually select the area to capture.
  • Window (Windows only): Capture a specific window.
  • Fullscreen: Capture your entire display.
  • Grab Text: Select text on the screen to copy to the clipboard.
  • Menu: Capture a dropdown menu.
  • Freehand (Windows only): Click and drag with the cursor to capture an area with an irregular shape.
For more information about these options and other options, see Common Captures with Snagit.
Effects dropdown
Effects dropdown options
Automatically apply one or more effects when you capture.

To remove the last added effect on Windows, select Remove this effect.

To remove an effect on Mac, select Remove.

To remove all effects, select None.
Share options in Snagit Capture

Automatically send the image to a specific app or save to a specific file destination.

To learn more about share destinations, see Share Captures.

If the Preview in Editor option is enabled, you must click the Finish button in Snagit Editor to share the capture.
Finish sharing in Snagit Editor

If the Preview in Editor option is disabled, the capture is sent to the selected destination.

Note: Only destinations that support image file formats are available in the Image tab. For more sharing destinations, click the Video tab or share a capture from Snagit Editor.

Preview in Editor
Preview in editor option
Open the capture in Snagit Editor to preview, edit, and share the image or video.

Disable this option to prevent Editor from opening automatically after each capture.
Copy to Clipboard
Copy to clipboard option
Copy the capture to the Clipboard to quickly paste into another program or location after capture.
Capture Cursor
Capture cursor option
Include the cursor in the capture.

For image captures, the cursor is captured as a vector image that can be moved, edited, or deleted from the image.
Time Delay
Time delay option
Time delay toggle options
Delay the start of the capture by a number of seconds to allow for additional setup time before capture for items such as dropdown menus.
After clicking the Capture button, a countdown appears on the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Capture countdown timer

Set an interval of time where Snagit continuously captures images of the selected area on the screen.
You can optionally choose to discard identical captures if nothing on the screen has changed.
Delay interval options

Note: The Capture button is displayed as a Start/Stop button when this option is selected.
Start and stop capture buttons

Schedule a date and time for Snagit to take a capture of the selected area on the screen.

Note: The Capture button is displayed as a Start/Stop button when this option is selected.
Start and stop capture buttons

See Common Captures with Snagit for more details.
Additional Options (All-In-One tab)Click the additional options icon to expand the Selection and Share options for All-In-One capture.
All-in-One capture tab more options

Tip: Discover new ways to capture with Snagit.

See Common Captures with Snagit to learn how to set up Snagit as a printer destination for other applications or for more details about how to capture dropdown menus, multiple areas on the screen, and more.

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