How do I stop Snag-It from lassoing objects automatically?

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How do I stop Snag-It from lassoing objects automatically when I try to do an image capture? It almost never selects what I want to capture! I prefer to do it myself.
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Anne

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Check your capture settings.
In Manage Presets under Selection set it to "Region" >> click the gear and set "Select region at capture"
See if that does it for you.
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I don't see anything called "Capture Settings",  "Selection" OR "Manage Presets".   :(
Where do I find them? All I see is FILE, EDIT, VIEW and HELP. Are they supposed to under one of those?
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Manage presets would be on the one-click pop out.
It will take you to the second image below.



If you are just using the capture window you can make the settings  there.
1. Click the Image tab
2. Then the down arrow to select region.
3. Then the gear for "Select region at capture"



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Rightclick your snagit icon in the tray and select "open capture window" the click on presets at the bottom left click on standard preset and select region at top and then  select region at capture.

That will give you joy.
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Well. I did what you said. And I suppose it basically solves the problem. But only under certain circumstances. It works great if I'm on the web! But not when I'm in a computer program, such as Photoshop, CorelDraw, Avidemux, Acrobat, even Windows Explorer,  just to name a few. It doesn't do it in a lot of other programs, though.

When I go to a screen in one of those programs and try to capture something on it, it automatically grabs whatever my cursor is near, mainly if it's something that's square. Yes, I can fight with it to choose the section I want to capture -- but I don't want it to have to do that every time.
I find this very perplexing. But, weird though it is,  I think it might be something that I have to live with.

Am I the only who has this problem??? Is it a glitch with Snag-It 2018?
Thanks for your help! I AM a newbie at this. :)
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Are you selecting the "select region at capture" option - if so you should get crosshairs to select whatever you want to capture.

If so hold the mouse down and drag/select the region you want to capture and let go.

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That is normal behavior. Snagit will sense a object edge.

As long as you do not just click  ignore the selection and position the crosshairs where you want to start your capture
Click and drag out your selection then release the mouse.

It will make your selection

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The easiest way to make a capture with precision???


Is to use the magnifier. Place the cross hairs where you  want to start the capture.
Or close to the point of starting a capture. Then use the arrow keys to position the magnifier with precision. Then hit the "Space Bar". That locks in the start of a capture. Move the magnifier to stop point. Use the Arrow keys again if needed. Hit "Enter".
Regards,Joe
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Anne

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Thanks! I didn't know that about the arrow keys!
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@dubieOK, I didn't know it was normal behavior. I don't really like it, because it doesn't happily let me click where I want to. I have to wrangle with the "auto snap" before it will let me do my own thing. It doesn't seem to want me to override it! :(
I'll lean to live with it, though! Thanks!
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A lot of people don't realize you  can capture that way.
It can save you the extra steps of cropping or trimming in the editor. So it's a great way to go when you need a precise,  rectangular capture.
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One other thing, if you want a full screen capture and Snagit's trying to select a window.

I've found I can just bump the top of the monitor anywhere and hold. The Magnifier will read 1920 x 1080 indicating a full screen capture. I click and that's it.

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Anne

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Another great tip. Thanks, Joe!
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I have done this and the capture method has a mind of it's own. It first wants to capture the whole screen, then if I move the mouse, it selects the nearest window. This auto select feature makes it almost impossible for me to control the selection that I want using the mouse and mouse button to drag the selection I need. What am I doing wrong?
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Indeed SnagIt can seem to have a mind of its own when you are using the auto-select. But I've never encountered it insisting that I use what is selected. Even though it may have selected an object, I find it's simple to position the mouse where I want the selection to begin, then just click and drag to make my selection. 

I'm guessing you aren't seeing the same behavior?
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No, I am not seeing that behavior. The yellow cross-hairs seem to have a life of their own but since I posted this, further testing seems to offer a workaround. So to capture a small area, say a field or two on a web form, I position my cursor at the top left, hit my hot key for capture ("Print Screen" for me), then left-mouse button and hold until the cross-hairs appear, then drag and capture. This seems to work but it's far slower with this version of Snag-It than previous versions. 
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Just leftclick hold and drag to select your region and lift off mouse ... Tada.

https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007803831-Introduction-to-Capture


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Did you get it figured it out @Anne
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I think so, jasons. I still don't like for it to try to tell me what I want to capture, though! That should be my decision. I realize that I can override it, but it doesn't easily let me do so.
Thanks EVERYBODY for your help!!!
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Couldn’t be easier just leftclick hold and drag to select your region and lift off mouse ... Tada.

https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-snagit-how-to-capture-your-screen.html
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Anne

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I see now that you're right. It's just all those pre-chosen areas that were throwing me off balance! If I mentally erase them, it does just what you said! :)