If your workflow requires that you regularly take screen shots on your Mac, you must know three shortcuts. Two of the three have always been there and MacOS Mojave has added a new screenshot tool and shortcut key that has been transferred to MacOS Catalina . Let's view your screenshot options on a Mac.
It makes a screenshot of your full screen.
It turns 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 hitting Shift-Command-4:
Press the space bar : the cross hair changes to a small camera icon that you can move across any 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): this 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 mark 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 so that you can move your mouse up or down to position the bottom. 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.
MacOS Mojave introduced this shortcut. It 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 window, 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 ̵
If the screenshot window gets in the way, you can grab the left edge and drag it to a new location on your screen.
If you embrace the floating thumbnail, you get quick access to formatting 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 accept the new Command-Shift-5 shortcut, but I notice that I am starting to use this more for annotating screenshots without opening Preview and quickly removing screenshots that I know immediately. messed up. The 5 and 10 second delay options are also useful and appreciated additions.
Touch Bar MacBooks Bonus: Command-Shift-6
If you have theor another model with the Touch Bar, you knew you could take a screenshot of what is displayed on the Touch Bar? Just press Command-Shift-6 to make a very wide and thin screenshot of your Touch Bar.
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