Is there a way to "just get a screenshot saved to my computer" without having to go through Snagit?

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There are often times when I just want an image and do not need to finesse the image at all. I just want to capture the image and use the image. But, since each image is automatically saved to Snagit with the .snagproj suffix which is ONLY useable within Snagit, it adds extra steps to my work. Outside of going over to Command-Shift-4 on my Mac, what other options are there?
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Hi Gary, using the "S" icon in the menubar, you can assign profiles to snagit and assign them key combos.
So you could setup an image-region capture that copies to the clipboard, without showing the editor and give it a key combo, and then anytime you use that combo, snagit will grab the image and put in your clipboard.
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Hi Jack,

Well that still ends up being multiple steps: I create the clipboard copy and then go to Photoshop to put that into a new document which then has to be saved.

What I want is just go Snagit -> file (in a pre-decided  jpg or png format). Done. I don't care about the name, I don't need to add arrows and other options, I just want the screenshot with as few extra added steps as possible.
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I believe you can do that too - 

open snagit preferences, choose the "Outputs" tab and click the + at the bottom, choose "File" from the list that pops up, then set the output name to "File-autoname" and click the "Automatic file name" option and also the "Fixed Folder" option, then click Browse and tell it where to put those files.

Then in your "S" icon in the menubar for your capture profile, be sure to select "File-autoname" next to the word "Share: "

If I remember it saves in PNG by default, but I feel like there's possibly a way to change that.

As a side note there are lots of other output types - some are quite useful. I've used the "MS Word" one before when making documentation - along with the shortcut techniques I described above - this let me take screenshots that would get put in a word document one after another.

- Jack
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Hi Jack,

Thanks for all this. I followed your instructions as best I could but the version I'm using (2018.1.1) seems to have different wording than what you're describing and I'm not getting what I was hoping for. Not sure if it's because of the different wording or something in my system but the end result is that after taking a screenshot, I'm still ending up in the Snagit window--which is what I'm trying to avoid (more often than not). 

The differences are subtle. For example in the "S" from the menu



For File-automame that I could find.

For the file in Preferences, again, the wording was different but similar enough that I'm sure I set the settings correct.



Now, on a side point. the image above I gave up with Snagit after repeated tries to use Snagit (I was constantly setting the delay long and long but Snagit constantly would "snap" the shot just before I had finished setting up the shot) and eventually gave up and used Apple's Shift-Command-4 to just "get the shot."

Nonetheless, after checking and rechecking the settings, every time I took a screenshot, it went into the Snagit application and not to the desktop where I want it to go.

BTW, as far as the JPEG format, when I'm taking a screenshot of a photo I want the full range of (potential) colors to be there but I just checked and the png output from Snagit is PNG-24 so there's nothing really to worry about there. (It's not PNG-8). 

But again, thanks for your help.
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EZ -- PZ!  Drag thumbnail from the bottom tray onto the desktop. Like magic, you have a .png file (unless you have set another file format in prefs). 
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Hi SactoBob,

Yes, this is the fast way to get the PNG out of Snagit. I would not have thought that approach myself so a big thanks for pointing that out.
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Hi Gary, 

It looks like you're still missing something in your setup.

I made a 2 minute video that shows how I configured mine, afterwards I tested it and you can see the files magically appearing in an empty folder at the end of the video.

It's not shown on the video, but I used the keyboard combo Command-Shift-4 to start each capture, and this is the combo I assigned earlier in the video. You can of course assign and use any combo you'd like.

Have a look at the video and see if you did the same things when you setup the shortcut:
https://www.screencast.com/t/MCjHJ1BWl
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Hi Jack,

Well the thing that I missed was creating a preset, thanks for pointing that out. What I'm still getting is the Snagit screen. Yes I have "Preview in Editor" turned off so I'm getting the editor AND I'm getting the screen capture placed where I want it (on my desktop) so I'm better off than where I was but still far from where I'd like to be (and I think that most of where I'd want to be are within Techsmith, you've done outstanding!).

As it now is I have keyboard shortcuts for getting menus, for repeating last capture, for menu capture, for "direct to computer" capture, etc., etc., etc. As one who uses a lot of Adobe software, I have enough keyboard shortcuts to wield through. 

I do appreciate the Single-Click button on the right side of the screen but I can't see how I can access my own presets from there. 

It seems that I will continue to use SactoBob's trick of dragging from the tray onto my desktop as that is physically the easiest and most direct. (And, if I do any enhancements within the Snagit editor, it's the FASTEST way to get the image to me to use.)