How to Snip Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Snipping on a Mac is a handy feature that allows you to capture specific areas of your screen. Whether you want to capture an important snippet from a webpage, save an error message for troubleshooting, or simply share something interesting with others, snipping on a Mac can be incredibly useful. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to snip on a Mac, ensuring that you can capture and save exactly what you need.

Using the Built-in Snipping Tool

If you are using macOS Mojave or later versions, Apple has included a built-in snipping tool called Screenshot. This tool offers several options for capturing different types of screenshots.

Capturing the Entire Screen

To capture the entire screen using the built-in snipping tool:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 5 simultaneously on your keyboard. This will open the Screenshot toolbar.
  2. In the toolbar, click on the option “Capture Entire Screen”.

    Alternatively, you can choose this option by pressing Command + Shift + 3.

  3. The screenshot will be captured and saved as a file on your desktop. You can also click on the thumbnail preview in the bottom-right corner of your screen to access additional editing options before saving.

Capturing a Specific Area

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

  1. Press Command + Shift + 5 simultaneously on your keyboard to open the Screenshot toolbar.
  2. In the toolbar, click on the option “Capture Selected Portion”. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + 4.
  3. Your cursor will change to a crosshair.

    Click and drag the crosshair to select the area you want to capture.

  4. Release the mouse button to capture the selected portion. The screenshot will be saved on your desktop.

Using Third-Party Snipping Tools

If you prefer more advanced snipping features or additional customization options, several third-party snipping tools are available for Mac.


Snagit is a popular screen capture tool that offers a wide range of features. To use Snagit:

  1. Download and install Snagit from the official website.
  2. Launch Snagit and choose your desired snipping option from the toolbar.
  3. Select the area you want to capture using your mouse or trackpad.
  4. Edit and annotate the screenshot if desired, then save it to your preferred location.


Lighshot is another excellent snipping tool that provides various annotation features. Here’s how to use Lighshot:

  1. Download and install Lighshot from its official website.
  2. Launch Lighshot and click on the icon in your menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut (usually Command + Shift + 9) to activate it.
  3. Select the area you want to capture, and an editing panel will appear with options for annotation.
  4. Edit, annotate, and save your captured screenshot as needed.

No matter which method or tool you choose, snipping on a Mac is a straightforward process. By utilizing the built-in snipping tool or exploring third-party options, you can easily capture and save specific areas of your screen to enhance your productivity and simplify sharing information with others.

Explore these options and find the one that suits your needs best. Happy snipping!

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