How to Snip in Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to snip on a Mac. Snipping allows you to capture a portion of your screen, which can be useful for taking screenshots or sharing specific information with others. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Understanding the Snipping Tools

Mac provides built-in tools for snipping:

  • Command + Shift + 3: Captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on your desktop.
  • Command + Shift + 4: Allows you to select a specific area by dragging the cursor.
  • Command + Shift + 4 + Spacebar: Lets you capture a specific window or menu.

Step 2: Using Command + Shift + 3

To capture the entire screen, follow these steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 3. You will hear a camera shutter sound indicating that the screenshot has been taken.
  2. The screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop with the name “Screen Shot [Date] at [Time].png”.

Step 3: Using Command + Shift + 4

To capture a specific area, follow these steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4. Your cursor will change to a crosshair.
  2. Select the area you want to snip by clicking and dragging the cursor over it.
  3. Release the mouse button to take the screenshot. Again, you will hear a camera shutter sound.
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  5. The screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop with the name “Screen Shot [Date] at [Time].

Step 4: Using Command + Shift + 4 + Spacebar

To capture a specific window or menu, follow these steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4.
  2. Move the cursor over the window or menu you want to snip.

    It will be highlighted.

  3. Press the Spacebar. The highlighted window or menu will be captured, and you will hear the camera shutter sound.

Tips:

  • If you want to copy the snipped image to the clipboard instead of saving it as a file, hold down the Control key in addition to the snipping keys mentioned above. This way, you can directly paste it into an application like an image editor or document.
  • If you prefer saving screenshots in a different format, such as JPEG, TIFF, or GIF, you can change the default settings by using third-party applications like Preview or Adobe Photoshop.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to snip on your Mac using various keyboard shortcuts. Now you can easily capture and share screenshots whenever needed!

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