How to Take a Cropped Screenshot on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Taking a cropped screenshot on a Mac is a useful feature that allows you to capture only a specific portion of your screen. Whether you want to highlight an important section of a webpage or share a specific part of an image, this tutorial will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Command + Shift + 4

To start, press the Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously. This keyboard shortcut activates the built-in screenshot tool on your Mac. When you do this, your cursor will turn into a crosshair pointer.

Step 2: Select the Area to Capture

Use your mouse or trackpad to click and drag over the area you want to capture. As you drag, you’ll notice that the selected area is outlined with a rectangular shape. This allows you to precisely define the portion of your screen that you want to capture.


If you need to adjust the selected area while dragging, simply hold down the Spacebar. This will enable you to reposition the captured area without losing its proportions.

Step 3: Release Mouse Button

Once you have selected the desired area, release the mouse button or lift your finger from the trackpad. At this point, your Mac will automatically take a screenshot of only that portion of your screen.


You might hear a camera shutter sound indicating that your screenshot has been successfully captured. However, if your Mac is set to mute or if it’s running on macOS Mojave or later versions, no sound will be played.

Saving Your Cropped Screenshot

After capturing your cropped screenshot, it will be saved as an image file on your desktop by default. The filename usually starts with “Screen Shot” followed by the date and time of the capture.


If you want to customize where your screenshots are saved, you can change the default location through the System Preferences > Screenshots settings on your Mac.

Wrap Up

That’s all there is to it! You have successfully taken a cropped screenshot on your Mac. This handy feature can be utilized in various situations, such as creating tutorials, capturing specific visual elements, or sharing important information with others.

Now that you know how to take cropped screenshots, you can easily capture and share precisely what you want without cluttering your screen or cropping the image later. So go ahead and give it a try!

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