Snagit Preferences

Explore Snagit settings to capture, edit, share, and save the way you want.

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In this tutorial:

Open Snagit Preferences

  • Windows:
    • Capture Preferences: In the Capture Window, select File menu > Capture Preferences.
    • Editor Preferences: In Snagit Editor, select Edit menu > Editor Preferences.
    • Save As Preferences: In Snagit Editor, select Share dropdown > Preferences > Save As Preferences.
  • Mac:
    • In the Capture Window, select Help and additional options gear icon icon > More Preferences.
    • In Snagit Editor, select Snagit menu > Settings (macOS 13 or later) or Preferences (macOS 12 or earlier).

General Tab

Note: On Windows, some option locations differ between the General tab in the Capture Preferences and Editor Preferences dialogs.



Run Snagit when Windows starts (Windows)
Always keep Snagit running in the background (Mac)

Open and run Snagit on computer startup.

Note: On Windows this option is only available in the Capture Preferences dialog.

Capture interface options (Windows)
Snagit Shows (Mac)

  • Capture Window: Displays the full range of capture settings as well as customized Presets for quick captures.
    Capture Window
  • Capture Widget (formerly OneClick Tab): Displays quick capture options as a tab anchored to the edge of the screen. The widget displays when you hover the cursor over the blue bar. Drag the widget to reposition along the top (Windows only) or side of the screen.

Note: On Windows you can also select the Capture Widget option in the Snagit Editor Preferences dialog. On the General tab select Show Capture Widget.

Snagit theme (Windows)
Editor color theme (Mac)

Select Light, Dark, or System (Mac) from the dropdown to choose the Snagit interface color theme.
Light and Dark color themes

Language (Windows)

Select your preferred language for Snagit menus, options, notifications, etc. Snagit supports English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Show me onboarding (Windows)

Display pop-up windows to introduce new features or explain functionality the first time you select a feature.

Show additional information in tooltips

Disable this option to display minimal tooltips.
Example of minimal tooltips

Enable this option to display enhanced tooltips and select a style:

  • Text only: Display written descriptions of tool functionality.
    Example of enhanced text tooltip
  • Video + text: Display written descriptions and short, looping animations that illustrate tool functionality.
    Example of enhanced tooltip with video and text

Recent captures in tray (Mac)

Specify the number of files to show in the recent captures tray.

  • Default is 25.
  • Maximum is 200.

Send anonymous usage data (Windows)
Send anonymous usage information (Mac)

Send anonymous data on Snagit usage to help TechSmith improve future versions. Learn more about usage reporting on the TechSmith website.


Select which notifications to receive from the following options:

  • Don’t show me notifications
  • Only show me help notifications: Receive tips and tricks on using Snagit features.
  • Show me help and TechSmith promotions (Windows) or Show me all notifications from TechSmith (Mac): Receive tips, tricks, and information for TechSmith sales, webinars, and other promotional messages.

Note: The Send anonymous usage data/information option must be selected to turn on notifications.

Send anonymous crash reports (Mac)

Send anonymous reports when Snagit crashes to help TechSmith identify and resolve bugs.

Automatically check for updates

Automatically check for the latest version of Snagit when connected to the Internet.

On Mac, select how often Snagit checks for updates and if the updates should automatically download and install.

Reset “Don’t Ask Me” Warnings (Mac)

If you previously selected the “Don’t Ask Me Again” option in a message, click the button to reset all messages to display again.

Capture Tab



Hide Snagit when capturing

Hide Snagit during capture to avoid including Snagit in captures.

Open screenshots copied from system tools (Windows)

Open screenshots captured using system tools, such as the Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch, in Snagit Editor.

Show magnifier (Windows)

The magnifier helps to capture pixel accuracy when selecting an area to capture.
Capture magnifier
Press M to hide the magnifier during capture.

Simplified crosshairs (Windows)

Display simplified crosshairs to improve capture performance.

Require Start button for scrolling capture (Windows)

For Scrolling captures (formerly Panoramic capture), enable this option to automatically start the Scrolling capture, or disable this option to require clicking the Start button to begin the Scrolling capture.

Automatically start video recording

Automatically start the video recording after selecting the video recording area.

By default, this option is disabled. You must click the Record button to start the recording.

Show video countdown

Displays a three second countdown before starting the video recording.

Minimize controls when recording fullscreen with one monitor

When recording fullscreen with a single display, Snagit shows minimized Screen Draw, Pause, and Webcam controls. Click and drag to move the controls to a different location.

Open system screenshots and videos in Snagit (Mac)

Open screenshots and videos captured using the MacOS system tools or keyboard shortcuts in Snagit Editor. The capture is moved from the default system location into the Snagit Library.

Select Keep original file to make a copy of the original file in the Snagit Library.

Fix Capture Permissions (Mac)

Permissions are required for Snagit to capture and share images and videos. Click Fix Capture Permissions to open the System Permissions dialog and enable a webcam, microphone, scrolling captures and more. See MacOS Permissions.

Frame Rate (Mac)

Select Low, Medium, or High frame rate for video recordings. Higher frame rates can result in larger file sizes.

Scale captures down to 1920×1080 (Windows)
Downsample Retina video recordings (Mac)

Scales video recordings to smaller dimensions. The dimensions can vary depending on the original recording dimensions.

If video quality is a concern, consider disabling this option. When disabled, the text and graphics appear crisper, but the video may result in larger file sizes and dimensions.

Combine audio tracks (Mac)

Records microphone and system audio on the same track and combines left and right channels in mono. Consider deselecting this option if you intend to send your video recording to Camtasia for editing.

System Audio (Mac)

macOS 13 or later: Snagit uses the built-in macOS audio recording.

macOS 12 or earlier: The TechSmith Audio Capture Component allows you to record system audio (the sound from your computer speakers) during a video capture. Click Uninstall Component to uninstall the System Audio Plugin from your computer. To learn more, see MacOS Permissions.

Note: You will not be able to record system audio for any applications that requite the plugin.

Enable webcam (Windows)

Select a built-in or connected camera device for recording camera video. To learn more, see Record a Video with Snagit.

Disable hardware accelerated recording (Windows)

Select this option to record in software mode rather than hardware mode. This option is recommended if you experience problems with video recordings.

Video Quality (Windows)

Select the quality for video recordings. Higher video quality can result in larger file sizes.

Hotkeys/Keyboard Tab

You can change some of the default hotkeys. To view the list of default hotkeys, see the Snagit Hotkeys Guide.

To change a default keyboard shortcut on Windows:

  1. Select Capture window > File > Capture Preferences > Hotkeys tab.
  2. Select the desired shortcuts.
  3. Check Allow Snagit to override other hotkey assignments to avoid shortcut conflicts with other applications when running Snagit.
  4. Click OK.

To change a default keyboard shortcut on Mac:

  1. Select Snagit Editor > Snagit > Preferences > Keyboard tab.
  2. Click the button for the keyboard shortcut you wish to change.
  3. Complete one of the following options:
    • Press the desired key combination on the keyboard to assign a new shortcut.
    • Click the red arrow icon Red arrow icon to undo shortcut change to cancel the change.
    • Click the X icon Gray X icon to delete shortcut assignment to delete the assigned shortcut.

The new keyboard shortcut appears in the field.

Editor Tab (Windows)



Editor workspace color

Select the Editor background color.
Editor background color

Consider changing the background color to increase the contrast between the application and the capture previewed on the canvas.

Recent files thumbnail size

To change the size of the thumbnails in the Recent Captures Tray, select Recent files thumbnail size > Small, Medium, or Large from the dropdown.

Automatically expand the canvas to fit objects (Windows)

Automatically increase the size of an image when pasting or dragging objects outside of the current image.

Note: On Mac this option is available in the Advanced tab.

Escape key closes Editor

Set the keyboard shortcut to exit Snagit Editor to the Esc key.

This option is disabled by default. To exit Snagit, select File > Exit Snagit Editor.

Show cursor quickstyle popup

Display a preview of the tool style next to the cursor on the canvas.
Cursor Quick Style popup example

Show Toolbar Labels

Display icons and text labels or icons only in the Snagit Editor toolbar.

Toolbars with and without text labels

Enable spell check

Enable the OS spell check to identify misspelled words in callouts, text boxes, and Grab Text output.

Spell check language

Select a spell check language from the dropdown. Snagit supports spell check for the following languages:

  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Share Tab

See Share Captures for more information on the Share tab.

Library Tab (Windows)



Maximum recent files

Enter the maximum number of recent files to display at a time under File > Open Recent. Enter a number 1-15.

Automatically save new image captures in the Library

By default, Snagit automatically saves new captures in the Snagit Library. If this option is disabled, any unsaved captures are closed and deleted when you close Snagit.

Automatically save new video captures in the Library

By default, Snagit automatically saves new captures in the library. If this option is disabled, any unsaved captures are closed and deleted when you close Snagit.

Prompt before deleting files

Display a message prompt before deleting files in Snagit.

Remove all items from the Tray when closing Editor

Removes all captures in the tray when closing Snagit. An empty tray appears the next time Snagit Editor opens.

Library Location

By default, the library files are located in this folder: C:\Users\username\Documents\Snagit.

  • To view the location, hover your cursor over Choose location.
  • To change the location, click Choose location. For more information, see Snagit Library Location.

Show prompt to convert and access past captures

When you open the Library for the first time, Snagit prompts you to convert your previous captures from the SNAG file format to SNAGX. If you selected Ignore and Do Not Convert, select this option to restore the prompt in order to convert captures from previous versions of Snagit.

Import Backup

Import a .snagarchive backup file from Snagit 2021 or earlier into the Library.

For more information, see Manage the Library.

Advanced Tab



Always keep Editor running in the background (Windows)

Enable this option to open captures in Snagit Editor quicker. This option keeps Snagiteditor.exe running in Windows Task Manager when you close the Snagit Editor window.

Delete cropped content (Windows)

Automatically delete the content cropped out of an image.

Automatically flatten pasted images (Windows)

Automatically flatten images or objects pasted onto the canvas. The pasted objects are not editable and become a permanent part of the image when flattened.

Scale down retina images when sharing (Mac)

Reduces the size of a retina image to improve how it displays on a standard resolution screen. This option is enabled by default and reduces the image size when you:

  • Share an image with Snagit share destinations.
  • Drag images from Snagit Editor into another location.

Tip: Temporarily disable this option.

Hold the Shift key to temporarily disable this setting when dragging an image from Snagit Editor.

Keep a duplicate editable capture when saving (Mac)

Creates a copy of the .snagx files in the tray to allow for future editing when saving to another file type such as .png.

Automatically expand the canvas to fit objects (Mac)

Automatically increase the size of an image when pasting or dragging objects outside of the current image.

Note: On Windows this option is available in the Editor tab.

Show quick edit toolbar on canvas (Mac)

Display a floating properties toolbar for callouts, text, shapes, and other tools.
Quick edit toolbar

Always use black and white menu bar icon (Mac)

The Snagit menu bar icon turns red during video recording. Select this option to keep the Snagit icon black or white when recording.
Red Snagit icon when recording video
White Snagit icon when recording video

Always use these settings to create new images (Mac)

Sets the default image dimensions when you select File > New Image (Command+N). If you enable this option, the dialog to enter custom dimensions for a new image will not open.

Library Location (Mac)
(formerly Autosave Location)

Unsaved image captures are stored as .snagx files and video captures as .mp4 files in: Username/Pictures/Snagit.

Click the Choose button to select another location. See Snagit Library Location.

Default sharing format (Mac)

Set the default file format for when you perform any of the following actions:

  • Select File menu > Export.
  • Click the Copy All button.
  • Click the Share Link dropdown and select a destination.
  • Drag captures from Snagit Editor into another application or location.

Note: This preference does not affect the Save As file format. If you select File menu > Save As, Snagit defaults to the previously used Save As format.

Mobile Sharing

Add a mobile device under File > Connect Mobile Device to enable this option and allow image and video sharing between the mobile device and Snagit.

  • Keep original image dimensions: Snagit automatically resizes mobile images for better viewing in Snagit Editor. Enable this option to import mobile images at the original dimensions.
  • Connection Name: TechSmith Fuse remembers each connection and allows you to select which instance of Snagit to send the mobile images or videos. You can customize the name of each connection to be sure you are sending the files to the correct computer running Snagit.
  • Port (Mac): Port number for connecting TechSmith Fuse to Snagit.

Save As Preferences (Windows)

To open Save As Preferences, select Share dropdown > Preferences > Save As Preferences.
Open Save As Preferences from the Share dropdown

Note: Save As Preferences is not available on Snagit for Mac. If you select File menu > Save As, Snagit defaults to the previously used Save As format.

File Format

Set the preferred file format for when you select File menu > Save As:

  • Remember last used format: Snagit defaults to the previous Save As format. The format can be changed in the Save As dialog.
  • Always use this file format: Snagit defaults to the format of your choice.

Enable the Show advanced types option to select from an expanded list of file formats.

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