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How can I Snag a selection in Firefox? I do not need the entire article and in fact, scrolling does not always work or capture the sentences I want.
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Becky H.

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Hello Harry,

Thanks for the great question. The best way to accomplish this (capture just the text within a certain margin from a blog post, news article, recipe, etc.) is to use Custom Scrolling.

You can access this option by selecting the Text profile > then change your capture type input by selecting the Capture type dropdown menu > Select Advanced > Select Custom scroll.

A couple of tips for custom scrolling and text capture:

In your FireFox window, be sure to draw the custom srolling area underneath the browser ribbon, like so:

I hope this helps. Thanks again for the great question.

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I cannot find Custom Scrolling. Is it available in the Mac Version of SnagIt?
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Jason Lantz, Employee

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Hi Harry,

No, custom scrolling is not available in Snagit Mac. As for your original question, no there isn't a way to capture only the selected text on a web page. Scrolling capture works by taking a series of captures while scrolling down the page and tying them all together, or by grabbing the entire page at once (as is the case with Firefox).

If you only want to capture a portion of the page and it all fits within the window, the best thing to do is take a region capture by clicking and dragging out the area you want to capture like this:

If it doesn't fit on a single page, then unfortunately we don't have any feature that's going to accomplish that for you other than scrolling capture. If scrolling capture is getting more than you want, however, you can crop out the unwanted areas or select, copy, and paste the wanted areas to a new canvas. Like this:

Hopefully the above gives you some workarounds for your problem. Thank you so much for questions and feedback!
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Cécile Muhr-Hollenstein

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Hello Jason

But why didn`t you provide this feature of custom capturing (scrolling region within a page) also for your mac users?

The steam-powered tying method is not state of the art - what a pity!

Best regards,