If your workflow requires that you regularly take screen shots on your MacBook or Mac Pro, you need to know three general keyboard shortcuts and a fourth if you have a MacBook with a touch bar. One of these techniques is a bit newer. You may remember it from MacOS Mojave, but if you didn't, rest assured it was transferred to MacOS Catalina .
Stay around too, because we also help you work with those screenshots after you've taken them. Apple offers you quite a few options to easily save, delete and open the screenshot for markers, tools that I have come to appreciate and use regularly.
And if you are looking for other tips, here areand how .
This shortcut captures a screenshot of your entire screen.
Use this keyboard combination to turn your cursor into a crosshair, which you can drag to select a portion of your screen that you want to capture. Release the mouse button or trackpad to take the photo.
You have a number of other options after you hit Shift-Command-4:
Press the space bar : the cross hair changes to a small camera icon, which you can move over an open window. Click on the desired window to make a screenshot of it. A screenshot made with this method has a white border around the window with a bit of a drop shadow.
Hold down the space bar (after dragging to highlight an area but before releasing the mouse button or trackpad): locks the shape and size of the selection area, but you can place it on the move the screen. It is very useful if your first selection area is a few pixels out; hold down the spacebar to move it before releasing the mouse button to take a screenshot.
Hold down the Shift key (after dragging to highlight an area but before releasing the mouse button or trackpad): This locks on each side of the selection area created with the crosshair , saves the bottom edge so that you can move your mouse up or down to position the bottom edge.
Without releasing the mouse button, release the Shift key and press again to move the right edge of your selection area. You can switch between moving the bottom and the right side by holding down the mouse button or touchpad and pressing the Shift key.
A relatively new keyboard shortcut introduced in MacOS Mojave (2018), this combination calls up a small panel at the bottom of your display with your screen capture options. There are three screenshot buttons with which you can capture the full screen, a window or a selection of your screen.
In the same way, you can record your entire screen or a selection thereof with the two video recording buttons. On the left is an X button to close the screenshot screen, but you can also simply press the Escape key to exit the screen.
On the right is an Options button. This allows you to choose where you want to save your screenshot – Desktop, Documents, Clipboard, Mail, Messages or Preview – and set a 5 or 10 second delay so that you can arrange items that would otherwise disappear when using your screenshot tool  By default, the Show Floating Thumbnails option is enabled, which places a small preview thumbnail of your newly created screenshot in the lower right corner of your screen, similar to the screenshot procedure with iOS. Unlike your iPhone ($ 900 with Amazon) you can disable this sample thumbnail on your Mac. Finally, you can choose to display your mouse pointer in a screenshot or video.
If the screenshot window gets in the way, you can grab the left edge and drag it to a new location on your screen.
Touch Bar MacBooks Bonus: Command-Shift-6
If you have theor another model with the Touch Bar, you knew you had a screenshot can make what is currently displayed on the Touch Bar? Press Command-Shift-6 to take a very broad and lean screenshot of your Touch Bar.
Embracing the floating thumbnail will give you quick access to marking tools to annotate your screenshot. You can wipe away the floating thumbnail or simply slide it away and it will be saved where you last saved a screenshot. Click on the floating thumbnail and it will open in a Markup View preview window (but not in Preview) with all the formatting tools you get in Preview.
You can right-click on the Floating Thumbnail to:
- Save the screenshot on your desktop, document folder or clipboard
- Open it in Mail, Messages, Preview or Photos & # 39; s
- View in Finder
- Open in the Markup preview window described above
- Close (and save)
Long time Mac screen shotters may be slow to adopt the new Command-Shift-5 shortcut, but I notice that I use this more for the possibility of making annotations with screenshots without opening Preview and quickly removing screenshots that I know I messed up immediately. The 5 and 10 second delay options are also useful and appreciated additions.
This story is regularly updated with new information.