How to Screenshot on Mac Without Keyboard

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who wants to take screenshots without using the keyboard? Well, you’re in luck!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of taking screenshots on your Mac without relying on the keyboard shortcuts. Let’s get started!

Using the Screenshot Toolbar

If your Mac is running macOS Mojave or later, Apple introduced a handy tool called the Screenshot Toolbar. This feature allows you to quickly access various screenshot options without using any keyboard shortcuts. Here’s how to use it:

Step 1: Open the Screenshot Toolbar

To open the Screenshot Toolbar, simply press Shift + Command + 5 on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can access it by launching the “Screenshot” app from your Applications folder or Spotlight search.

Step 2: Capture Your Screen

Once the Screenshot Toolbar is open, you’ll see a set of options at the bottom of your screen. Here are some of the available options:

  • Capture Entire Screen: Click on this option to capture a screenshot of your entire screen.
  • Capture Selected Window: If you only want to capture a specific window, click on this option and then click on the window you want to capture.
  • Capture Selected Portion: This option allows you to select and capture a specific portion of your screen. Simply click and drag over the area you want to capture.
  • Show Floating Thumbnail: By default, macOS displays a thumbnail of your screenshot in the bottom-right corner of your screen after capturing. You can enable or disable this feature by clicking on this option.

Step 3: Save or Share Your Screenshot

After capturing your screenshot, a preview of it will appear in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Here’s what you can do with it:

  • Save to Desktop: Click on this option to save your screenshot to the desktop.
  • Save to Downloads Folder: Choose this option to save the screenshot directly to your Downloads folder.
  • Save Picture as: If you want to specify a different location and filename for your screenshot, click on this option.
  • Show Markup Toolbar: Want to annotate or edit your screenshot before saving? Click on this option to access various markup tools.
  • Share: If you want to share your screenshot immediately after capturing, click on the Share button and choose one of the available sharing options.

Taking Screenshots Using Preview

If you prefer using the Preview app for taking screenshots without using the keyboard, here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Open Preview

To open Preview, simply search for it in Spotlight or launch it from your Applications folder.

Step 2: Capture Your Screen

In the Preview app, click on ‘File’ in the menu bar and then select ‘Take Screenshot’. From here, you can choose whether you want to capture the entire screen, a window, or a selected portion.

Step 3: Save Your Screenshot

After capturing your screenshot, it will open in a new Preview window. To save it, click on ‘File’ in the menu bar, select ‘Save’, and choose the desired location and filename for your screenshot.

Wrapping Up

Now you know how to take screenshots on your Mac without using the keyboard! Whether you prefer the Screenshot Toolbar or the Preview app, both methods provide a convenient way to capture and save screenshots with ease. So go ahead and give it a try!

If you found this tutorial helpful, consider sharing it with other Mac users who might benefit from learning this useful trick. Happy screenshotting!

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