How to Cut a Screenshot on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever needed to capture a specific part of your screen on your Mac? Whether it’s for a presentation, tutorial, or simply to share something interesting with friends, taking a screenshot can be incredibly useful. In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to cut a screenshot on Mac using some simple and handy shortcuts.

Method 1: Capturing a Portion of the Screen

If you want to capture only a specific portion of your screen, you can use the built-in screenshot tool called “Grab”. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open “Grab” by searching for it in Spotlight (press Command + Spacebar and type “Grab”).
  2. Step 2: In the Grab menu, click on “Capture” in the top-left corner.
  3. Step 3: From the dropdown menu, select “Selection”.
  4. Step 4: A crosshair cursor will appear. Click and drag it over the area you want to capture.
  5. Step 5: Release the mouse button to take the screenshot.

You can now save the captured portion of your screen as an image file or copy it to the clipboard for further use. That’s how easy it is to cut a screenshot using Grab!

Method 2: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, macOS provides two powerful options: Command + Shift + 3 and Command + Shift + 4.

Capturing the Entire Screen

To capture the entire screen:

  1. Step 1: Press Command + Shift + 3 simultaneously.
  2. Step 2: You’ll hear a camera shutter sound, and the screenshot will be saved on your desktop as a PNG file.

Capturing a Portion of the Screen

If you only want to capture a specific portion of your screen:

  1. Step 1: Press Command + Shift + 4 simultaneously. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair.
  2. Step 2: Click and drag the crosshair to select the desired area.
  3. Step 3: Release the mouse button to take the screenshot. Again, you’ll hear a camera shutter sound, and the image will be saved on your desktop as a PNG file.

You can also use Command + Shift + Control + 4 to copy the screenshot directly to your clipboard instead of saving it as a file.

In Conclusion

Taking screenshots on Mac is quick and easy once you know the right techniques. Whether you prefer using “Grab” or keyboard shortcuts, you now have multiple options at your disposal for capturing exactly what you need. So go ahead and start capturing those important moments on your Mac!

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