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Our favorite screen capture tool is Snagit. This little screen capture tool allows us to not only capture any part of the screen but edited with easy to use tools that are built right into the application. Many of the pictures that you see on CompuTrain's web site were capture via Snagit.

The procedure will show you how to quickly capture any part of your screen to the clipboard so that you can then paste the capture into any program you like.


  1. Snagit comes with various Capture Profiles already built in. For most of our customers we modify the "Copy to clipboard (no preview)" profile by assigning it to your keyboards function key F5. This allows you to call up Snagit capture screen by simply pressing F5 on your keyboard. If you want a quick video on how to use Capture Profiles click here.

  2. Make sure that your screen is displaying what you want to capture. This is important since the moment you start the capture you will not be able to move any of the windows around. For this example we are going to capture part of our Internet Explorer screen.

  3. Press the F5 key on your keyboard, this will start Sangit and put you into Screen Capture Mode. Notice that your screen now shows a crosshair which you can move with your mouse.

  4. When you move your mouse around you will notice the Zoom area will give you a zoomed in view of where your cross-hairs are. This will allow you to select your aread more carefully. Start by selecting and area of your screen by clicking one corner of the area and dragging (while keeping the mouse pressed) to another part of your screen. You will notice that everything outside your area darkens and only the selected area is clearly visible. This will create a rectangle which will be your catpured area.

  5. When you let go of the mouse button the selected area will be copied to your clipboard. At this point simply go to your favorite application (Word, Outlook, Excel, etc.) and place the cursor where you want the pciture to appear and press Ctrl-v (or right click and select Paste or go to the Edit Menu and select Paste). 


Last updated on April 1, 2011 by CompuTrain User