Copy and Edit Text in an Image

Snagit uses optical character recognition (OCR) to detect text in images and convert to editable text.

tutorial
  • Copy Text: Capture text on the screen or copy text from an image in Snagit Editor to paste into a document or another application.
  • Edit Text: Replace or edit text in an image to fix typos, update text, or change the formatting.

Copy Text from an Image

Copy and paste text from an image into a text editor such as Notepad, Microsoft Word, or an email. Snagit offers two options for copying the text in an image in Snagit Editor:

  • Grab Text tool: Capture all text in the image.
  • Selection tool: Best for capturing smaller areas of text within an image to improve the accuracy and quality of the text recognition.

Copy Text with Grab Text Tool

  1. Right click an image with text on the Canvas and select Grab Text in the menu.
    Grab text context menu on Windows Grab text context menu on Mac
    Tip: For frequent use, click the More dropdown > Customize Toolbar to drag the Grab Text tool to the your toolbar. See Customize the Snagit Toolbar.
    Grab text tool
  2. In the Grab Text Results dialog, click Copy All.
    Grab text results dialog
    Note: On Mac, enable the Make Plain Text option to remove the formatting before copying the text if desired.
    Plain text copy option on Mac

Snagit copies the text to the Clipboard for pasting into a document or another application.

Copy Text with Selection Tool

  1. In Snagit Editor, click the Selection tool.
    Selection 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. Click and drag to select the text.
    Grab text selection example
  3. Right-click the selection and select Grab Text.
  4. In the Grab Text Results dialog, click Copy All.
    Grab text results dialog
    Note: On Mac, enable the Make Plain Text option to remove the formatting before copying the text if desired.
    Plain text copy option on Mac

Snagit copies the text to the Clipboard for pasting into a document or another application.

Replace or Edit Text

Replace or edit the text in an image to fix typos, update text, or change the formatting.

  1. In Snagit Editor, click the Selection tool.
    Selection 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. Click and drag to select the text.
    Grab text selection example
  3. Right-click the selection and select Edit Text.
  4. Click the text to display the floating menu and make edits to the text.
    Text editing options menu on Windows
    Text editing options menu on Mac