How do I change the Snagit Library folder to a different location?

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I just want to know why my Snagit images insist on being stored in my "Documents" folder and how can I move everything over to my "Pictures" folder or any folder of my choosing for that matter.
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Temporary files are stored in the datastore which defaults to the C drive and the user has no ability to easily change that. If you can't come up with room on your C drive then I have no trick for you. You probably should look elsewhere for a recording solution.
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I solved it. I use Greenshot now. Easy to use, can save anywhere. Sad to see Snagit go but...
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Michael Lawrie

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Ooh, and its free too! Thanks for the tip. Will give it a try.
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My apologies if this has already been asked. I'm devastated to have apparently lost 3,500 captures. Old laptop got upgraded to new laptop - Tech people at company just copy/pasted my snagit files to new laptop. New Snagit doesn't recognize them. Is there any way to 1) get them to be seen/pulled into the new snagit, and 2) Any way to have the thousands of keywords show up with them? Old laptop has been re-ghosted so all I have are images in a folder with no home. Please help if anyone has an idea.
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I have just found out about SnagIt and have it seems very good. I have the same use-case of having all my documents on D drive, while my OS resides on C which is an SSD. All my SnagIt files are saved to D without ANY modification to SnagIt whatsoever. This is simply achieved by changing the location of My Documents to D for windows. This means any program which automatically saves to My Documents will save to D- it just sees it as My Documents. Just right click on My Documents and change the location. I have done the same for My Pictures, My Videos etc... This saves space on the SSD. Hope this helps.

http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article...
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Where Can  find this datastore to empty it out?  have SSD and my hard drive is equally full thanks to snagit auto  saving somewhere...can't find where, looked everywhere.

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The answer is given at the top of this thread.  Please try looking there.
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Rick Grunwald

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Manny, that link is dead
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Searched by Google and I've just registered to tell how upset I am. I want the "SnagIt" folder to be moved right away from My Documents to My Pictures for example, but wherever I want. This is ridiculous! Hey, Techsmith, it's 2014, not 1994 damned idiots!
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I am using Windows 8.1, Skydrive and SnagIt 11. Solved it by making symlink to my Skydrive folder :

- Shutdown SnagIt

- Go to : C:\Users\[your-user-name]\AppData\Local

- Copy the folder C:\Users\[your-user-name]\AppData\Local\TechSmith to your Skydrive folder.
Note : to simply preserve the file/folder structure, I create a folder in Skydrive as like this : C:\Users\[your-user-name]\SkyDrive\AppData\Local\TechSmith ; because both "AppData" and "SkyDrive" folder resides under "C:\Users\[your-user-name]"

- Rename C:\Users\[your-user-name]\AppData\Local\TechSmith to something else (i.e, TechSmith0)

- Open command prompt (Keyboard windows button > type "cmd"), right click to it and choose "Run it as Administrator"

- type :
mklink /D C:\Users\[your-user-name]\AppData\Local\TechSmith C:\Users\[your-user-name]\SkyDrive\AppData\Local\TechSmith

- Run SnagIt. Check if everything is ok.

- If everything is ok, then delete old "TechSmith" folder. (ie. C:\Users\[your-user-name]\AppData\Local\TechSmith0).

Noted :
- I use this method, so all my image capture is synced to all my PC.
- I mainly only use for a screen capture, not a movie. Beware that a capture (movie or Image) can be very large, that it wont get synced to SkyDrive.
- You can also use the above method to change the folder into any other folder (i.e : D:\ or E:\) if you dont want to sync with SkyDrive. This will free your C:\ drive.
- The file name is .SNAG. AFAIK, I have not (yet) found any image viewer program that support .SNAG image. Therefore, you need to have install SnagIt to open the capture image.

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Best answer! iLike - works perfect...
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Just change it in the registery.

Windows Key + R
regedit
Search  "AppData\Local\TechSmith\SnagIt\DataStore"

Change to whatever you want.
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Herb

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not sure what you mean. what part do I change?
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Hello,
I need to move my Snagit 12.3.2 Library to the mounted network share e.g. E:\ or \\server\share$\snagit
I got the following message if I try to select the location in Editor Options > Advanced > Automatically stored files location:

Snagit cannot move the automatically stored files to a removable drive or network share

How to solve this?
Best regards
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I have Snagit 12. I noticed in some of the posts above that this feature is supposedly supported by v12, but I couldn't find any documentation regarding it. So here's two options that I came up with that seem to work:

OPTION 1:

I searched my registry for "Snagit\Program\Captures" (which is the default library directory). That led me to "externaloutputdir". I searched for this in the registry and changed it everywhere I found it (manually). But that search led me to what is probably the intended method...

OPTION 2:

Change it in the profiles. In the SysTray, r-click Snagit and go to Profiles->Manage Profiles, then select the Profile you want to change (e.g., "Image"), click the Cog next to the "Share" field, then click the "Always use this folder" button and find your new directory. (NOTE: I haven't really tested this second option, since the first option seemed to meet my needs, so if someone wants to correct me, have at it.)

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OPTION 2 works.  Also,

OPTION 3: Use a symbolic link. In current versions of Microsoft, it's the "mklink" command.
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This is so frustrating.. after years of using Snagit (v9), I've never figured out  where the Snag Library is located. And when I close a window, I have no idea how to get to the images.  The user interface is not intuitive at all.  I ended up using this program as a simple PRINT SCREEN to capture a region...thats all i use it for.  too frustrating to try to use it for anything  more....
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Move the datastore folder to anther drive by going to the editor FILE / EDITOR PREFERENCES then selecting the path yo wish. I did this a couple of updates ago and it did not populate the Library in the editor, I had to load them in manually for them to appear, but they were there. Backyos are a good thing before you try this
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Kevin Mote

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To reiterate what I mentioned above, in Snagit12, the way to set the default Save directory is to do so in the Profiles:

  1. Click the "cog" button next to the "Share" field
  2. In the Program tab, set the "Store Files In" Folder. Hit OK
  3. Make sure to Save the profile.

Repeat for all profiles.

   
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Kevin Mote

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(Humorously, I had to use a different screen capture tool to make this image, because SnagIt can't snag itself!:)
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as said by the guy above.

its so simple.

Change the deafult folder inthe registry.   

1. open registry (press windows key + R, in the opened form  type "regedit")
2. search for the string  "AppData\Local\TechSmith\SnagIt\DataStore"   (press CTRL+F  and type or copy paste the search string)
3. you will find there the default datastore folder.  C:\....    change to any folder you wish (open in Explorer your desired destination folder, and copy the full link from there and paste it in the registry instead of the existing default )
4. close the registry (will be saved automatically)
4. after reboot or sign out and sign in again into windows  all your snagit files will be stored in your self defined directory

thanks
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I am just now trialing Snagit and this is about the second thing I have checked. For such a modern program, I find it odd that TechSmith is still so stuck in the past on this issue. It is a simple option that they could add to the Preferences. Just let us determine where we save the .snag files when they are captured. I do not have a SSD so I am not super concerned about wear and tear on my hard drive, but it is still a bit odd that they chose this 1980's mentality for this one aspect of their program. 

Now, it would also be nice if that setting could be included in each of the saved presets as well. That way, people could easily control where .snag files went for each different project they were working on. 

As it is, I will just think of that Documents/Snagit folder as a temporary folder for these files and then move them to my project folders.

An even more advanced feature would be to allow people to store these files anywhere they want on their hard drives and for the Snagit library to be able to find and catalog those files wherever they may be. I have seen other image editing software that does that. 
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This thread started many years ago.  Now if you go into File/Editor Preferences and click on the Library tab, you can specify where it stores the files automatically.  I changed it to C:\Snagit and it works great.  If you want it elsewhere you can set it wherever you like.
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Official Response
With Snagit 12.4.1 (Aug 2015) or later, you can change the location of the Snagit Library "datastore" file via the Editor preferences menu. By default, the Snagit Library is at: C:\Users\YOUR LOGIN\AppData\Local\TechSmith\Snagit\DataStore (in corporate environments, your admin may have pre-configured Snagit to store captures in a different location).



Note: When changing the Library location, Snagit does not migrate or move previous capture files to the new location but will start storing all new captures in that location. See more details about the Snagit Library.
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So if you are going to move it you should do a backup, them move it the do a restore or risk losing all your tags etc
Correct?
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Hi, this option is not available on the OS X version. How do I change the location there?
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This statement that "when changing the Library location, Snagit does not migrate or move previous capture files to the new location" is inaccurate in at least version 2019 and can be very misleading to a reader of this thread. I backed up my Data Store before using the feature and that turned out to be totally unnecessary. What Snagit 19 did was MOVE the data store folder directly to the new location, as well as created new folders in that location named AppIcons and WebSiteIcons.