How to Take a Screenshot of a Specific Area on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Taking a screenshot of a specific area on your Mac can be incredibly useful when you want to capture and share a specific part of your screen. Whether you want to highlight an important detail, demonstrate a problem, or simply save an interesting image, this tutorial will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Open the Screenshot Tool
To get started, open the Spotlight Search by pressing Command + Spacebar and type “Screenshot.” You will see the Screenshot app in the search results. Click on it to open.

Step 2: Select the Capture Area
Once the Screenshot app is open, click on “Capture Selected Portion” from the available options. This will allow you to select a specific area of your screen to capture.

Step 3: Drag and Capture
After selecting “Capture Selected Portion,” your screen will fade slightly, and a crosshair cursor will appear. Click and drag your cursor to create a rectangle around the area you want to capture. You can adjust the size and position of the rectangle until it includes exactly what you need.

– To move the selected area without resizing it, press and hold the spacebar while dragging.
– To resize only one side of the selected area, press and hold Shift while dragging that side.

Step 4: Take the Screenshot
Once you have selected your desired capture area, release your mouse or trackpad button. The screenshot will be taken instantly, and a thumbnail preview will appear in the bottom-right corner of your screen.

Step 5: Annotate (Optional)
If you want to annotate or mark up your screenshot before saving it, click on the thumbnail preview that appears in the bottom-right corner after taking it. This will open Markup tools that allow you to add text, shapes, arrows, and more to your screenshot.

Step 6: Save the Screenshot
To save the screenshot to your desired location on your Mac, click on the “Done” button in the top-right corner of the Markup window. A save dialog box will appear, allowing you to choose the name and destination for your screenshot. Once you’ve made your selections, click “Save.”

And that’s it! You’ve successfully taken a screenshot of a specific area on your Mac. This method provides a quick and efficient way to capture exactly what you need without having to crop or edit afterwards.

  • Troubleshooting Tips:
  • If you accidentally captured the wrong area or want to start over, press Escape before releasing your mouse or trackpad button.
  • If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts instead of opening the Screenshot app, you can use Command + Shift + 4 to capture a selected portion directly.
  • If you want to include the menu bar or other UI elements in your screenshot, use Command + Shift + 3 to capture the entire screen.


Taking a screenshot of a specific area on your Mac is made easy with the built-in Screenshot app. By following these simple steps, you can quickly capture and share precisely what you need without any additional editing. Remember to explore additional features like annotating and keyboard shortcuts for an even more efficient workflow.

Happy screenshotting!

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