How to Take a Screenshot of Part of the Screen on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Taking a screenshot is a useful feature on any device, and Mac makes it incredibly easy to capture images of your screen. Whether you want to share something funny, capture an important error message, or save a visual memory, knowing how to take a screenshot on your Mac is essential. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to take a screenshot of part of the screen on your Mac.

Step 1: Locate the Screen Area You Want to Capture

Before taking a screenshot, identify the specific area of your screen that you want to capture. It could be a window, menu, or any portion of the screen.

Step 2: Press Command + Shift + 4

To initiate the partial screenshot process, press the Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously. This keyboard shortcut enables Mac’s built-in screenshot tool.

Step 2a: Crosshair Cursor

After pressing Command + Shift + 4, your cursor will transform into a crosshair icon. Move this crosshair icon to one corner of the area you want to capture and click and drag it diagonally until it covers the desired region.

Step 2b: Fine-tune Your Selection

If you need more precision in selecting the area, hold down the Spacebar after clicking and dragging with the crosshair cursor. This will allow you to move and adjust your selection freely before taking the screenshot.

Step 3: Release Your Mouse Button

Once you have selected the desired area for your screenshot, release the mouse button. You will hear a shutter sound effect indicating that your partial screenshot has been successfully captured.

Step 4: Locate Your Screenshot

Your captured screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop by default. Look for the file labeled “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png” to find your screenshot.

Step 5: Edit or Share Your Screenshot

If you want to edit your screenshot or share it with others, you have several options:

  • Preview App: Open the Preview app on your Mac and navigate to File -> Open. Select your screenshot, and you can edit, crop, annotate or add text to it.
  • Clipboard: Press Command + Control + Shift + 4 instead of Command + Shift + 4. This will copy the partial screenshot directly to your clipboard without saving it as a file.

    You can then paste it into other applications like image editors or document processors.

  • Email or Messaging Apps: Attach the screenshot file directly from your desktop into an email or messaging app.

Taking a partial screenshot on Mac is an efficient way to capture specific areas of interest rather than capturing the entire screen. By following these steps, you can quickly and easily take screenshots of any part of your screen on Mac.

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