How to Snipit on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Snipping on Mac is a useful feature that allows you to capture a portion of your screen, whether it’s an image, text, or any other content. This feature comes in handy when you want to quickly share information or save something for future reference. In this tutorial, we will explore how to use the snipping tool on Mac and make the most out of its functionalities.

Step 1: Accessing the Snipping Tool

To access the snipping tool on your Mac, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Open the Spotlight Search by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of your screen or by pressing Command + Spacebar.
  • Step 2: Type “snipping tool” in the search bar and press Enter.

Once you have opened the snipping tool, you will see a window with various options and settings.

Step 2: Choosing a Snip Type

The snipping tool offers four different types of snips:

  • Rectangular Snip: Allows you to draw a rectangle around the area you want to capture.
  • Window Snip: Lets you capture a specific window or dialog box.
  • Full-screen Snip: Captures the entire screen.
  • Free-form Snip: Allows you to draw any shape around the content you want to capture.

To select a snip type, click on the “Mode” dropdown menu in the snipping tool window and choose your desired option.

Step 3: Snipping the Content

Once you have chosen the snip type, follow these steps to capture the content:

  1. Rectangular Snip:
  • Step 1: Click and drag your mouse to draw a rectangle around the area you want to capture.
  • Step 2: Release the mouse button to capture the snip.
  1. Window Snip:
  • Step 1: Click on the window or dialog box you want to capture.
  • Step 2: The snipping tool will automatically select the window. Simply click on it to capture the snip.
  1. Full-screen Snip:
  • Step 1: Click on the “Capture” button in the snipping tool window.
  1. Free-form Snip:
  • Step 1: Click and drag your mouse to draw any shape around the content you want to capture.

Tips and Tricks for Effective Snipping

To make your snipping experience even better, here are some tips and tricks:

Capturing Delayed Snips

If you need to capture a snip of a menu or a tooltip that disappears quickly, you can set a delay in the snipping tool. To do this:

  1. Step 1: Open the snipping tool window.
  2. Step 2: Click on the “Delay” dropdown menu and select your desired delay time.

Annotating Snips

The snipping tool also allows you to annotate your snips with text, shapes, and highlights. To annotate a snip:

  1. Step 1: After capturing a snip, click on the “Pen” icon in the toolbar.
  2. Step 2: Use the various annotation tools to add text, shapes, or highlights to your snip.

Saving and Sharing Snips

To save or share your snips, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: After capturing a snip, click on the “File” menu in the toolbar.
  2. Step 2: Choose whether you want to save the snip as an image file or copy it to your clipboard for easy sharing.

Congratulations! You have now learned how to use the snipping tool on Mac effectively. With this powerful feature at your disposal, capturing and sharing content has never been easier!

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