Preferences and Settings

Both the Windows and Mac versions of Jing have virtually the same options. However, they are organized a little differently. Click More > Preferences (the button with the two gears on it) to access the Jing options.



 Option  Description
 account info in preferences

This is the email you used when you signed up with Jing and got your free account.

You can also use your email and password to sign in to and take advantage of its features.

 hotkey in preferences

Setting up a capture hotkey is the fastest way to initiate a capture. For example, you could make Alt + J bring up the Jing capture cross-hairs so you don't have to interact with the Sun Launcher at all.

 proxy in preferences

If you use Jing in many educational or corporate environments, you may be behind a proxy server. If you don't know the correct settings you may need assistance from your information technology staff. The Mac version of Jing does not have proxy settings.

More info.

 customize buttons in preferences

Did you know you can create buttons to send Jing captures to a variety of destinations including Flickr, FTP, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also create button variants. For example, you might have two buttons pointed to different folders, such as one for work and one for personal content.

 launch options in preferences

Choose whether to have Jing start automatically when your computer does. You can also remove the Sun Launcher from your desktop and use Jing from the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac) instead.

More info.

 video format in preferences

Jing saves video captures in the SWF format.

If video hotkeys are enabled, on Windows, F7 stops your recording, and F8 will pause and resume your recording. On Mac, you can pause and resume your video by using the same hotkey combo you use to initiate the capture. Mac cannot stop recording outright, but you can pause, then use your cursor to click the stop button.

 audio selection in preferences

Choose which audio device you'd like Jing to use when you narrate videos. Jing remembers what you picked and uses it until:

  • You come in here and change it.
  • Your list of possible audio input devices changes. Jing prompts you to pick one when you start to record a video.
useage data collection

On Mac, this is located under the "Help" button. When this is checked, you're giving Jing permission to send TechSmith anonymous usage data--like whether the capture was an image or video. Click More details in Jing to see the specifics.


Title Category Level Format
000 - Take Your First Capture Getting Started I Video/Written
001 - Interactive “Hands-on” Jing Tutorial: Mac OS X Getting Started I Simulation
002 - Interactive “Hands-on” Jing Tutorial: Windows Getting Started I Simulation
003 - Where is the Jing Capture That I Sent To My Clipboard? Getting Started I Written
004 - Capture Hotkey Capture I Video/Written
005 - Select an Area to Capture Capture I Video/Written
006 - Capture an Image Capture I Video/Written
007 - Capture a Video Capture I Video/Written
008 - Share to Share I Video/Written
009 - The Copy Button Share I Video/Written
010 - The Save Button Share I Video/Writen
011 - Embed Jing Content Using Share II Video/Written
012 - Edit Jing Images in Snagit Share: Edit II Video/Written
013 - Edit Jing Videos in Camtasia Studio Share: Edit II Video/Written
014 - Jing Capture History Manage I Video/Written
015 - What is FAQ I Written
016 - Your Account Manage: Account I Written
017 - Quit or Restart Jing FAQ I Written
018 - Audio FAQ FAQ I Written
019 - Things You’ll Want to Know FAQ I Written
020 - Frequently Asked Questions FAQ I Written
021 - Preferences and Settings Settings and Options I Written
022 - Customize Jing Buttons Settings and Options I Video/Written
023 - Jing Startup and “Sun” Options Settings and Options I Video/Written
024 - Use Jing with a Proxy Server (Windows Only) Settings and Options III Written
025 - Understanding Video Formats: SWF & MPEG-4 Reference II Written