abort or cancel a capture while crosshairs are visible

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Snagit 2018: How should I abort or cancel a capture once the crosshairs are on the screen. "Esc" appears to do nothing. It seems right clicking works, but I'd like to know the correct way to abort a capture.
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Odd, Esc works for me to cancel the beginnings of a capture.

Seems like a real long shot here, but is it possible that Esc is actually only invoked when you press another key? For example, on my own laptop, none of the function keys work as function keys unless I press and hold the specially designated fn key first.
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Esc works for me as long as I haven't described an area.  Once you start drawing an area your'e locked in
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Hmmm, even if I'm in the process of clicking and dragging to select an area, I can still use the Esc key. However, I do have to use it twice. I note that as I begin the click and drag, the screen dims leaving behind the selection. The first press of Esc takes away the dimming, and the second press of Esc takes the crosshairs away.
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As long as you don't release the mouse button....

Hm.  I didn't know about this before. It's very counter-intuitive.  It's just easier to start over.
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LOL, I disagree on it actually being easier to start over or counterintuitive . I've used this feature often. And it always just seemed natural that one would press Esc to abandon what was started. There are many things we learn about from seeing posts or YouTube videos or suchlike. I generally remember those. But I don't ever recall specifically learning about pressing the Esc key. ;)

Then again, we all learn and work in different ways, no? 
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Oh, I agree that pressing Esc is natural.  But pressing it twice while still holding the mouse button?  Not so much. :)

So if I change my mind, I just abandon the mistake and start over.  If you don't preview in Editor, which I mostly don't, it's just one hotkey press.

It's a Marmite thing
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The need to hit the escape button twice is New to me. Although I can confirm the behavior.

I used to hit esc only once and I was done. I Aborted the capture, mouse held down, capture started by hitting the space bar, whatever I was doing.

Now It takes two hit's of the esc tab if I'm 1/2 way through a capture.
I DON'T LIKE THAT extra click.
Or 2 Hits of a Right Mouse Click will do the same thing.

For a while, the esc key no longer worked.  Yet right click did.
Now they both work.

I wish TechSmith would quit playing musical chairs with Hot Keys.
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I have a preset image capture set to a hotkey and it copies to the clipboard. Similar to Snipper only better. When I launch the preset, I can exit with a single esc so long as I haven't moved the mouse at all, regardless of whether I have the left mouse click pressed.

If I begin to outline an area, then I see that the first esc un-selects the area. The "clean" cross hairs can then be used to select a different area. This is actually a good feature to know.

The second esc, then aborts the entire capture. I like the way it works with two escapes.
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I accidentally picked up on another "feature" of my preset. If I hit "Space Bar" immediately after the capture, it brings up the editor with the new capture displayed. Otherwise, the capture is simply saved to the clipboard and to the recent clip cache. This is pretty clever too.

I wish TechSmith would do a better job of thoroughly documenting these features in a searchable document.. The tutorial videos, just don't go far enough.

Thanks for your comments above.
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Great point,

I actually start my captures with a hot key, use the mouse to get close........ and usually the arrows keys to pinpoint the start of my captures. Then I hit the space bar to initiate the first of the capture.
Move my mouse to the other area, use the arrow keys. Hit enter to complete the capture.

SO my captures are flawless as a result.
I Don't hit escape after I start a capture. I got to thinking about it, maybe I did need to hit escape twice in the past and didn't realize it?

But yeah, SnagIt does a lot of things you have to discover by accident. TechSmith doesn't do a good job of documenting features.

Regards,Joe 
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Likewise.  I just discovered that after pressing the capture hotkey, pressing the spacebar will anchor the top left corner.  You can now move in any direction around that anchor point.

Cool, if I could ever think of a use for it, and remember it. :)
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Good tip on the spacebar. I do recall accidentally discovering on my own that I could use the arrows to nudge, but I was thinking that I still could only use the mouse with the button pressed. And that can be annoying as you try and get the area you want, nudge using the arrow but the mouse moves so slightly because of coffee jitters or whatever. So I think my new approach will be to use the spacebar trick I learned today. Thanks for that.

What I was then perplexed about then was how to drag to select the main part of the capture, but then "finish" the capture. Usually it requires a mouse click. And I discovered that simply pressing the Enter key finishes. Yay!

Cheers... Rick :)