by Anthony 

February 2, 2020

If you write technical documents or spend a good chunk of your time explaining how to do things on a computer, you'll no doubt know that Snagit is a godsend. If a picture tells a thousand words, Snagit can save a thousand hours spent explaining how to do both simple and complex tasks.

As with any application you frequently use, knowing a few helpful hotkey combinations can save a ton of time.

Snagit on Mac comes with a multitude of pre-configured key combinations. The list for Windows isn't as extensive, but this is likely because Window's users are more familiar with a right mouse click than using keyboard shortcuts.

The complete list of hotkeys for Snagit is available here.

Unfortunately, none of the hotkeys or shortcut keys used in the Editor are customizable. The only key combinations that can be changed are those used in the Screen Capture window. There are two ways of modifying these hotkeys.

You can setup and change the Screen Capture hotkeys in Snagit either from Snagit’s Preferences or by assigning Presets in the Snagit Capture window. In Windows, capture preferences are under the File menu of the Screen Capture window. On Mac, click 'Snagit' in the Menu bar and choose Preferences.

Two Ways To Create & Modify Screen Capture Hotkeys

1. Accessing Snagit’s Preferences


Open the Screen Capture window, click on Capture Preferences from the File menu and select the HotKeys tab.

Here you can modify the 4 pre-configured key combinations for opening Snagit, repeating the last capture and starting and stopping a video recording.

Choose between using CTRL, Shift or ALT and one other key as the combination. If the combination you use is already in use, tick the box to override the existing hotkey assignment.

Mac OS:

Click on Snagit from the Menu Bar and choose Preferences (or press and ,). Select the Keyboard tab to display the pre-configured key combinations.

Click on an existing combination and, in unison, press the new set of keys you wish to use. If one or all of the keys do not appear, it is likely because that combination is already in use or is not applicable.

If you change your mind or not happy, click on the little orange undo button to reverse the change.

2. Creating Screen Capture Presets and Assigning Hotkeys

At the bottom Screen Capture window, under the various capture settings, is an area for creating Presets. Presets allow you to save the different configurations for capturing and recording your screen, such as whether to show the cursor and open the image or recording in the Snagit Editor. You can also add a hotkey for each Preset.

Start by choosing the capture settings to suit your needs. You can choose between image capture, video or 'all-in-one'. All-in-one allows you to choose between image or video, after clicking the red capture button. Other settings become available depending on which option you choose.

For this example, I want to create a scrolling window image capture, and save it both to clipboard and file, but not open in the Snagit Editor.

Once happy with the settings, click on Presets and the little plus icon just to the right of Presets. Select 'New Presets From Current Setting'. 

Give the new hotkey a name. 

Now click on the Add Shortcut button and press the key combination you'd like to use as the hotkey. Be sure to press them in unison, rather than one after the other.

Learning Snagit's Hotkey Combinations

Snagit's keyboard shortcuts are conveniently grouped by 3 distinct areas of the application. There are hotkeys to control the Screen Capture window; a second group for selecting the different Tools in the Tool menu and a third group to interact with the images.

The table shows the different keyboard combinations for the different areas of the application.

HotKeys that:

Windows 10

Mac OS

Control the Capture window:

Individual letters or SHIFT + Letter

CTRL+SHIFT+ a letter

Select different Tools in the Editor:

CTRL + a number between 1 to 9

Control + a letter

interact with Images in the Editor:

CTRL + a letter

⌘ + a letter

Hotkeys for Controlling the Capture Window

On Windows this group of shortcut keys vary between using individual letters and using the Shift key plus a letter. For example, the hotkey to start a recording is Shift plus F9. To scroll horizontally and vertically, it’s H and V respectively.

On Mac it’s either individual keys or CTRL, SHIFT plus one of the letter keys

Tool Menu Shortcuts

On Windows, pressing CTRL and a number selects a tool from the Tool menu. On Mac, it’s Control and a letter key.

Interact with Image Shortcuts

Pressing CTRL and a letter interacts with the image on Windows. Whereas on Mac, it’s the command key and a letter.

Interested in using Snagit?

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