How to Snip Screen on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Snip Screen on Mac

Snipping the screen on your Mac can be a useful way to capture screenshots for various purposes. Whether you want to save an image, demonstrate a problem, or share information, knowing how to snip the screen on your Mac is essential. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to accomplish this task.

Capturing a Full-Screen Snip

If you want to capture the entire screen of your Mac, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Navigate to the screen that you wish to capture.
  • Step 2: Press the Command + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 3: The screenshot will automatically be saved as a file on your desktop with a timestamp as its name.

Capturing a Selected Area Snip

If you only need to capture a specific part of your screen, you can use the following method:

  • Step 1: Go to the screen that contains the area you want to snip.
  • Step 2: Press Command + Shift+4.
  • Note: Your cursor will turn into a crosshair symbol.
  • Step 3: Click and drag the crosshair over the desired area. 
    • Note: While dragging the crosshair, you can hold down the Shift, Option, or Space keys to adjust the selection.
  • Step 4: Release the mouse button to capture the snip.
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  • Step 5: The saved screenshot file will appear on your desktop.

Capturing a Window Snip

If you want to capture a specific window, such as an application or dialog box, use these steps:

  • Step 1: Go to the window that you want to capture.
  • Step 2: Press Command + Shift + 4.
  • Note: The cursor will turn into a crosshair symbol.
  • Step 3: Press Spacebar
  • Note: The cursor will change into a camera icon.
  • Step 4: Click on the desired window to capture it. 
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Capturing a Touch Bar Snip (MacBook Pro)

If you have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can capture the Touch Bar using this method:

  • Step 1: Navigate to the screen that contains the Touch Bar.
  • Step 2: Press Command + Shift + 6.
  • Note: The screenshot will automatically be saved as a file on your desktop.

In Conclusion

Capturing screenshots on your Mac is a breeze with these simple methods. Whether you need to capture the full screen, selected area, specific window, or even the Touch Bar, you now have the tools to do so. Experiment with different snipping techniques and enhance your productivity by effortlessly capturing and sharing content on your Mac!

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