Manage the Library

Store your captures locally or to the cloud, move your library, or merge multiple libraries.

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The Snagit Library stores and organizes your captures. Learn how to set up a third-party cloud service to access your Snagit files from anywhere and to back them up automatically. Choose your Library location or move it to a new location, and merge multiple Snagit Libraries.

Library Location Options

To view the current Library location:

  • Windows: In Snagit Editor, select Edit menu > Editor Preferences > Library tab. Hover your cursor over Choose location to view the filepath as a tooltip.
  • Mac: Select Snagit menu > Preferences > Advanced tab.

Note: If you have an Enterprise Site License for Snagit, your IT Administrator may disable the option to choose a Library location.

Local

Store your Library on your computer if you only use Snagit on one computer and if you already back up your computer files.

The default location is Documents (Windows) or Pictures (Mac). You can also select a different location on your computer.

Cloud

Companies such as Dropbox, Google, and Microsoft offer data and file storage on remote, distributed servers via the internet, commonly called cloud storage.

Store your Library to a third-party storage location for automatic backup and to access your captures on another computer. For more information about supported services, see Cloud Services and Settings.

Note: It is not recommended to share a Snagit Library with other users via a cloud location. The Library includes all unsaved captures. To share an individual capture with others, see Share Captures. To export multiple captures, see Batch Convert Images.

Network

On Windows, Snagit supports Library storage on a network drive, but with limited functionality.

SupportedNot Supported
  • View all Library files.
  • Filter by file type (images or videos).
  • Sort by Date Modified, Date Created, Name, or Size.
  • Search by file name.
  • View file counts.
  • Filter by date, tag, application, or website.
  • Search by metadata other than file name.

For full functionality, store your Library to a local location on your computer or to a supported cloud storage service. See Change the Library Location Any Time.

Cloud Services and Settings

For Snagit to detect a supported service automatically:

  • The application must be installed locally, meaning not accessed only by a web browser.
  • The application must be set to actively sync.

Snagit supports the following third-party storage services. Click a service to view Snagit requirements and a link to download the application.

Box for Windows

To save your library to Box, you must use Box Sync. Box Drive is not supported.

For more information and to install Box Sync, see the Box website.

 

Box for Mac

To save your library to Box, you must use Box Drive. Download Box Drive from the Box website.

File availability while offline:

  • By default only recently accessed files are available offline.
  • To access all Snagit files, mark the entire Snagit folder in your Box as offline. For instructions and further details, see the Making Content Available Offline support article on the Box website.

 

Dropbox Business and Dropbox Personal

To save your library to Dropbox, install the desktop app from the Dropbox website.

 

Google Drive

To save your library to Drive, you must use Drive for desktop. Download Drive for desktop from the Google website.

Set the My Drive syncing option to Mirror files mode.
Set Google Drive Preferences to Mirror files mode

Note: Stream files mode is not supported.

 

iCloud for Windows

To download iCloud for Windows, visit the Apple website.

Note: Windows may experience delays when syncing to iCloud, which impacts Snagit file availability.

 

iCloud for Mac

To make sure Snagit works with iCloud, open macOS System Preferences, select Apple ID, and deselect the Optimize Mac Storage option.
Deselect Optimize Mac Storage in Apple ID system preferences

 

OneDrive for Windows

Snagit supports both OneDrive for Business and OneDrive Personal. For more information and to download OneDrive, visit the Microsoft website.

To make sure Snagit works with OneDrive, disable the Files On-Demand option:

  1. Open Windows File Explorer.
  2. Right-click OneDrive and select Settings.
  3. On the Settings tab, make sure the Save space and download files as you use them option is not selected.
    OneDrive for Windows Settings

 

OneDrive for Mac

Snagit supports both OneDrive for Business and OneDrive Personal. To download OneDrive, visit the Microsoft website.

To make sure Snagit works with OneDrive, open OneDrive Preferences and select Download all OneDrive files now.
In OneDrive Preferences, click Download all OneDrive files now

 

Choose the Library Location During Setup

In Snagit version 2022 and later, a dialog appears after you take your first capture:

Choose Library Location example 1Choose Library Location example 2

Snagit automatically detects most cloud services on your computer. Select your preference for the Library location:

  1. Select an available option or click Browse other to navigate to your preferred location.
  2. Click Save.

Cloud Service Not Detected
If Snagit does not automatically detect a cloud service, click Browse other to navigate to the location or check your settings. To learn more about cloud storage setup, see Cloud Services and Settings.

Multiple Accounts
For users with multiple Google Drive, OneDrive Personal, or OneDrive Business accounts, the Choose Location dialog displays only one account for each service.

  • Hover over the option to view the file path to determine which account is detected.
  • Select Browse other to navigate to and select a different account.

Recommended Location
If Snagit detects an existing Library in a cloud storage location, it recommends that option. If you do not select the recommended location, Snagit creates a new library. To combine the existing library and the new library at a later time, see Merge Libraries.

Change the Library Location Any Time

You can change the storage location of the Library at any time.

Windows
  1. In Snagit Editor, select Edit menu > Editor Preferences > Library tab > Choose location.
    Choose Location in Preferences
  2. In the Choose Location dialog, select an available option or click Browse other to navigate to your preferred location.
    Choose Location dialog
  3. Click Save.

 

Mac
  1. Select Snagit menu > Preferences > Advanced tab > Choose.
    Choose Library Location in Preferences
  2. In the Choose Location dialog, select an available option or click Browse other to navigate to your preferred location.
    Choose Location dialog
  3. Click Save.

 

When you change the Library location, Snagit moves all the existing files in the Library to the new location. During this process Snagit is temporarily unavailable. After Snagit moves the files, it may take a moment to display all files in the Library. Snagit closes all captures in the Recent Captures Tray.

Merge Libraries

Windows – Version 2021 and Earlier

If you have Snagit version 2021 or earlier, create a backup file to import to Snagit version 2023.

  1. In Snagit 2021 Editor or earlier, select Edit menu > Editor Preferences > Library tab.
  2. Click Create Backup.
  3. Select a location and file name and click Save. Snagit creates a .snagarchive file.
  4. In Snagit 2023 Editor, select Edit menu > Editor Preferences > Library tab.
  5. Click Import Backup.
  6. Navigate to and select the .snagarchive file and click Open.

Snagit only imports SNAG, MP4, and GIF files. This process does not support importing other file formats such as JPG, PNG, etc. into the Library.

This process also automatically converts SNAG files to the newer SNAGX format.

Windows – Version 2022 and Newer

To merge libraries from Snagit version 2022 and newer, change the Library location.

  1. In Snagit Editor, select Edit menu > Editor Preferences > Library tab.
  2. Click Choose location.
    Choose Location in Preferences
  3. In the Choose Location dialog, select Browse other.
    Browse other
  4. In the File Explorer, browse to the location of the library you want to merge and select the Snagit folder.
  5. Click Select Folder.
  6. In the Choose Location dialog, click Save.

Snagit merges the libraries in the new location. To change the location, repeat the steps.

Mac

To merge Libraries from any version, change the Library location.

  1. Select Snagit menu > Preferences > Advanced > Choose.
    Choose Library Location in Preferences
  2. In the Choose Location dialog, select Browse other.
    Browse other
  3. Browse to the location of the library you want to merge and select the Snagit folder.
  4. Click Open.
  5. In the Choose Location dialog, click Save.

Snagit merges the libraries in the new location. To change the location, repeat the steps.

Note: This tutorial is for Snagit version 2023. Previous versions may look or function differently.