How to Use Snipping Tool on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

The Snipping Tool is a handy tool that allows you to capture screenshots on your Mac. Whether you want to capture a specific area of your screen or the entire screen, the Snipping Tool makes it easy and convenient. In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps of using the Snipping Tool on your Mac.

Step 1: Launching the Snipping Tool
To begin, go to the Applications folder on your Mac and locate the Snipping Tool. Once found, click on it to launch the application.

Step 2: Selecting a Capture Mode
Upon launching the Snipping Tool, you will see a menu at the top of your screen with several options. To select a capture mode, click on the “Capture” dropdown menu.

  • Selection: This option allows you to manually select an area of your screen by dragging and selecting.
  • Window: With this option, you can capture an entire window by clicking on it.
  • Screen: Selecting this option captures the entire screen.

Step 3: Capturing a Screenshot
Once you have chosen a capture mode, proceed to capture your screenshot.

  • If you selected “Selection,” drag your cursor to select the desired area. Release the mouse button when done.
  • If you chose “Window,” click on the window that you want to capture.
  • If you opted for “Screen,” simply wait for a few seconds as it captures everything visible on your screen.

Step 4: Saving and Editing Your Screenshot
After capturing a screenshot, it will appear as a thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click on it to open the editing tools.

  • Pen Tool: This tool allows you to draw on your screenshot using different colors and line thicknesses.
  • Text Tool: With this tool, you can insert text onto your screenshot, choosing from various font styles and sizes.
  • Shape Tool: This tool lets you add shapes such as rectangles, circles, and arrows to your screenshot.

Step 5: Saving and Sharing Your Screenshot
Once you have edited your screenshot, it’s time to save and share it.

  • To save your screenshot, click on the “Save” button in the top-right corner of the Snipping Tool window. Choose a location on your Mac where you want to save the file.
  • If you want to share your screenshot immediately after capturing it, click on the “Share” button in the top-right corner. You can then select from various sharing options like AirDrop, Mail, Messages, and more.

Tips for Efficient Snipping

To make your Snipping Tool experience even more efficient, here are a few tips:

  • Use keyboard shortcuts: Instead of launching the Snipping Tool from the Applications folder every time, use the keyboard shortcut “Command + Shift + 5” to open it quickly.
  • Utilize timed captures: When selecting the “Screen” capture mode, look for an option to include a timer. This gives you a few seconds before capturing starts.
  • Edit with Preview: After saving your screenshot with the Snipping Tool, open it with Preview (the default image viewer on Mac) to access more editing options.

Now that you know how to use the Snipping Tool on your Mac, capturing and sharing screenshots will be a breeze. Whether you need to capture an important document, record a software bug, or simply share something interesting with friends, the Snipping Tool has got you covered!

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