How to Drag Screenshot on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of manually dragging and dropping screenshots on your Mac? Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to easily drag screenshots on your Mac using a few simple steps.

Step 1: Taking a Screenshot

Before we can begin dragging our screenshots, we need to first take a screenshot. There are several ways to do this on a Mac:

  • Command + Shift + 3: This keyboard shortcut captures the entire screen and saves it as a PNG file on your desktop.
  • Command + Shift + 4: This keyboard shortcut turns your cursor into a crosshair. You can then click and drag to capture a specific portion of the screen.
  • Command + Shift + 4 + Spacebar: This keyboard shortcut allows you to capture a specific window. Simply hover over the desired window and click to take the screenshot.

Note: By default, screenshots are saved as PNG files on your desktop. You can change this setting in the Screenshot app preferences.

Step 2: Opening the Screenshot

Once you’ve taken a screenshot, locate the file on your desktop or in the folder where it was saved. To open the screenshot, simply double-click on it. The image will open in Preview, which is the default image viewer on macOS.

Step 3: Dragging the Screenshot

To drag the screenshot, move your cursor over the image until it turns into a hand icon. Click and hold down the mouse button, then drag the screenshot wherever you’d like to place it.

If you want to drag the screenshot into an application such as an email or document, simply click and hold the mouse button on the screenshot, then switch to the desired application and release the mouse button to drop the screenshot.

Step 4: Modifying the Dragged Screenshot

If you need to resize or edit the dragged screenshot before dropping it, you can do so by using the Markup tool in Preview. Here’s how:

  1. Click on Tools: In the top menu bar of Preview, click on “Tools”.
  2. Select Annotate: From the dropdown menu, select “Annotate”.
  3. Choose desired tools: Use the available tools to resize, crop, or annotate your screenshot.
  4. Drag again: If you make any modifications to your screenshot, simply click and drag it again to move it around.

Note: The Markup tool in Preview provides various options for editing your screenshots, including adding shapes, text, arrows, and highlights.


In conclusion, dragging screenshots on a Mac is a simple process that can save you time and effort. By following these easy steps and utilizing the Markup tool in Preview, you can easily drag and modify your screenshots with precision. So go ahead and give it a try!

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