In this tutorial you will learn to open and configure SnagIt in order to take screenshots for use in other applications.

From the start menu, click programs and open SnagIt 6. When the SnagIt interface appears, you are ready to configure the application to fit your needs.

Use the Input menu to choose what you would like to take a screenshot of. If you select "Screen", you will photograph the screenshot will include the contents of the entire screen. If you select Window, the screenshot will only include the contents of the window you select. There are different reasons to use any of these options, but for our purposes we'll use window, we'll choose "Window" since we're going to take a screenshot from Internet Explorer.

Next you need to choose how the computer will handle the image that you take. From the Output pulldown menu, you can select "Printer" to have the image sent directly to the printer, "Clipboard" to have the image saved to the clipboard for pasting into other applications, or "File" to have the image saved as its own file. Now that SnagIt is configured, you are ready to take screenshots of other applications.

We'll begin by taking a screenshot from Internet Explorer of the iSchool website.

To activate SnagIt, hold down CTRL+SHIFT+P. The SnagIt interface will disappear and when you mouse over the explorer window, SnagIt will highlight the region that will be captured. In order to capture the entire window, I have placed the cursor on the title bar. After the region I'd like to photograph is highlighted, I simply click the mouse button and the photograph is taken.

Immediately after you take the screenshot, SnagIt will open a capture preview window so you can look at the image you have just captured. From here you have several options, but what I'll show you is how to finish the image, that is, save it as a stand-alone file.

Click "Finish" to open a "Save As..." dialog. You may now name your image and save it as the file type you would like. I'll name it" ischool" and save it as a JPEG image.

You are now ready to use the image in another application.

If you'd like to annotate, alter, or otherwise mark-up the image you've just captured, you can select the studio option from SnagIt Capture to launch SnagIt studio.

You can use SnagIt Studio to add images, shapes, text or other graphic elements to your screenshot.

First, I'll show how to highlight text in your screenshot. Go to the toolbar, which is on the right, and select the highlighter tool. Then simply drag & drop over the area you'd like to have highlighted.

The catalogue, which is located on the left of the interface, contains many items and elements that you can drag onto your screenshot in order to point out certain items or regions.

In this case, we'll drag an arrow on to the screenshot as add some text to it.

Simply click & drag the element and position it on the screenshot wherever you'd like. I'll put it next to the logo and then when it's selected you can click on the inside of it and type text.

You can now move the element wherever you'd like.

Other graphical elements you can use include shapes, pointers, clip art, and callouts. Just like with the arrow, you simply drag these from the catalogue onto the screenshot in order to use them. You can delete elements you don't like simply by selecting them and pressing the delete key.

You can also add text blocks to your screenshot by selecting the text tool (represented by an "A" on the toolbar), selecting a region on the screenshot, and typing in what you'd like to say. Once you've finished typing, you can move the text wherever you'd like.

In some cases you may want to make markings on the screenshot outside of the area you have selected for the image capture. In this case, you need to add to the canvas size. To do this, go to the "Layout" pulldown menu and select "Canvas Size..." You can now increase the size, in pixels, of the area of your screenshot. I'll take this one to 1000 pixels wide and 500 pixels tall.

When you zoom out using the "View" menu, you can see the extra area we've just added. Now you can drag arrows or other elements or ad text to this region outside of your original image.

In order to use your image in other applications, you'll need to export it into an appropriate file type. To do this, go to "File" and select "Export." A "Save As..." dialog will appear and you can choose and name and file type for your picture.

Once you have saved your SnagIt studio project, it should be available for use in other applications like Microsoft Word or Powerpoint or Dreamweaver if you are making a websites.