Snagit 2020 setup...

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 8 months ago
Have been a LONG TIME Snagit User.  Most recently purchased the newest version -- Snagit 2020.  In previous versions I set the capture "hot key" to be the "print screen" key.  The print screen key on my keyboard is a "secondary function" and to capture a screen requires that I press and hold the "FN" key then press the "Print Screen" key.  In past version, simply pressing the "Print Screen" key brought up the capture window.  The "Print Screen" key is a dual function key. The primary function is "Insert" with "Print Screen" being a secondary function.

Now, the question is:  How do I make Snagit recognize the "Insert" key as the screen capture "hot key"?   When I go to the Preset Settings, the "Insert" key is not recognized/offered as
a "hot key" option??


Second issue is how to have Snagit launch when the PC is booted up??
Photo of Mike Ridgley

Mike Ridgley

  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 8 months ago

  • 1
Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 9083 Posts
  • 4787 Reply Likes
Were you able to use the insert key in another version of SnagIt?

As far as starting SnagIt with Windows.............



Regards,Joe
Photo of Mike Ridgley

Mike Ridgley

  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Yes.... screen capture was a "one-key" operation using the "insert" key.
Photo of Mike Ridgley

Mike Ridgley

  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Found how to set hot keys... unchecked "canned" options (i.e. "FN+"  "Ctrl+", "Alt+" etc.)  and selected "insert key" from list of keys.  Didn't seem to change anything.
Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 9083 Posts
  • 4787 Reply Likes
Unfortunately, I don’t have a solution for you.

Oddly enough. I use the hotkeys page up and page down. You cannot assign these hotkeys in newer versions of SnagIt either.

However, I have created custom profiles in SnagIt 12. Assigning page up and page down to them. Exported them from SnagIt 12 to a .snagprof file.

I am able to import these profiles into newer versions of SnagIt. The image below is SnagIt 2020.



There’s quite a few steps to streamline the process. So I decided it would be quicker and easier to create a custom profile for you and share it with you. However, when I imported the profile in the SnagIt 2020. The insert hotkey would not import along with it. So I’m afraid that means my little trick will not work for you.



Sorry about that, regards, Joe

Photo of Ed Covney

Ed Covney

  • 1042 Posts
  • 524 Reply Likes
Mike - "Second issue is how to have Snagit launch when the PC is booted up?? ". A week or two back someone discovered that having it start when Windows boots no loner works on Win 10, v1903 and later. A subsequent windows patch may give it back, but I wouldn't hold my breath. In the mean time you can start it from a script or batch file that you can put in the task scheduler at boot up.

Also, you should, actually we all should, document what software we have uses which hot-keys?   For example, if I'm recording an Excel ss, Camtasia uses F9 , and it no longer works in Excel to "calculate".  All software may contend for hot keys. One of the advantages of owning a programmable keyboard is almost never running out of keys to use!

Photo of Ed Covney

Ed Covney

  • 1042 Posts
  • 524 Reply Likes
I think the default Snagit install starts with the "start with windows" set. If you stop it,  then re-start windows does it come back? i.e. is it persistent?
Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 6638 Posts
  • 3199 Reply Likes
I do believe you are correct. Several years back I hated it when SnagIt did this and I'd regularly turn it off. By golly, I'll launch SnagIt when *I* choose to, thankyouverymuch! But in later years I found myself using it so much that I just allow it to happen and it runs all the time. 

So I've not messed with the setting since installing my recent versions and I've restarted Windows LOTS of times and it still automagickally runs, so yes, it seems persistent!
Photo of Ed Covney

Ed Covney

  • 1042 Posts
  • 524 Reply Likes
So when you started "LOTS of times", had you ever first stopped Snagit in systray?
Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 6638 Posts
  • 3199 Reply Likes
Yep, I've done that lots of times too. In fact, just a while ago I killed it in effort to launch SnagIt 12 to test something. I often do that when looking at things in efforts to try and help here on the forum. ;)
Photo of Ed Covney

Ed Covney

  • 1042 Posts
  • 524 Reply Likes
Thanks for checking Rick. Until such time as Tech Smith provides the documentation on how they implement features, we'll may never know.
BTW, I did note that while snagit 2019 or 2020 sits there in systray, it protects the 170+MB of protected ram that could be used elsewhere (but it does launch much faster when needed).
Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 9083 Posts
  • 4787 Reply Likes
I'm referring to the start up menu in Task Manager.


Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 6638 Posts
  • 3196 Reply Likes
LOL, so many places for "startup" things to hide, eh?