Take Screenshots Like A Pro With These Tips & Tricks On Mac.
Taking screenshots on Mac is extremely easy thanks to the amazing screen capture utility it comes with. The utility has even more features than you might find or see at first glance.
Using these advanced options will allow you to take screenshots more individually. These are pretty simple settings that you can apply to the utility to take the type of screenshots you want on your Mac.
Full Screen Screenshots
This is the easiest option, and you’ll use it whenever you want to take a screenshot of your entire Mac screen. All icons and other elements on your screen will be captured and saved in your screenshot.
To take a screenshot in full screen mode, simply press Command + Shift + 3 at the same time on your Mac keyboard. The screenshot will be taken and saved to your desktop.
Take a screenshot of a specific window
Sometimes, you may need to capture only a specific part or window of an application on the screen. While you can always take a full-sized screenshot and crop it to get the look you want, there is a better way to do it on a Mac.
When you have the application window you want to capture open on your screen, press Command + Shift + 4, press the spacebar and click the application window to capture it.
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Take a screenshot of a specific area
There are times when you may need to take a screenshot of a specific area (rather than a specific window) on the screen. This is different from capturing the entire screen or a single application window.
You can do this with a keyboard shortcut on your Mac. From any screen, press Command + Shift + 4 at the same time, drag the marker, select the area you want to capture, and release the marker. Your screenshot has been taken.
Capture Timed Screenshot
Sometimes you run into this problem. You want to take a screenshot, but then your screen also requires the keyboard and mouse to be used at the same time. If you are using the keyboard to take a screenshot, you will not be able to use it with an application that requires it.
However, there is a workaround. Mac has the ability to take screenshots in time thanks to the built-in Grab utility.
Launch the Grab app from the Launcher on Mac.
Click the Capture menu and then click Sync Screen at the top.
A dialog box appears informing you that a screenshot will be taken after ten seconds. Click the Start Timer button to start the timer
After ten seconds, it will automatically take a full screen screenshot and save it to your desktop.
Remove Drop Shadows from screenshots
If you notice, screenshots of the application window you take on Mac have shadows. While they make your screenshot look cool, sometimes you may not want them to be included in your images.
Removing shadows from Mac screenshots is quite easy and can be done using a command in the Terminal app.
Launch the Terminal application on your Mac.
Enter the following command into the Terminal window and press Enter.
by default write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true; killall SystemUIServer
From now on, no shadows are added to any screenshots.
If you ever want to get the shadows back, just run the following command in the Terminal app on your Mac.
by default write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool false; killall SystemUIServer
The shadows should now return to your Mac.
Show cursors in your screenshots
Most of the screenshots that can be found on the Internet usually do not contain mouse pointers. However, if you want to mark certain points in your screenshots, you can enable them.
The default capture utility on your Mac does not include cursors. However, you can use the built-in Grab app to complete the task.
Open the Grab app in the Mac Launcher.
When the app opens, click Capture at the top and select Settings.
You will now see the different types of pointers that can be used in the screenshots. Select the one you like and exit the panel.
Now use the Capture menu in the app to take a screenshot.
The captured screenshot will now include the cursor type you selected.
Take a screenshot of the login screen
The built-in screen capture utility can even take screenshots of your login screen.
From the Mac login screen, just press Command + Shift + 3 and it will take a screenshot and save the current screen to your desktop. Then you can log in to your account again to view the screenshot.
Take a screenshot of your Touch Bar
You can also take screenshots of the Mac Touch Bar to show your audience what it looks like.
To do this, simply press the Command + Shift + 6 key combination on your Mac keyboard. A screenshot of the Touch Bar is captured and saved on your computer.
Change the default screenshot file name
You may have noticed that your screenshots are saved on your Mac under the default name “Screenshot”. However, you have the option to change the name if you like.
Launch the Terminal application on your Mac and run the following command in it. Remember to replace NAME with the new name you want for your screenshots.
the default is com.apple.screencapture name “NAME”; killall SystemUIServer
Your future screenshots will use the name of your choice as the filenames.
Get rid of timestamps from screenshots
Your Mac adds the time and date when you take screenshots to file names. If this makes the image names too long for you and you prefer simpler names, you can remove this information.
Open the Terminal app on your Mac and run the following command.
by default they write com.apple.screencapture “include-date” 0; killall SystemUIServer
It will remove timestamps from screenshot filenames. If you ever want to revert them, run the same command replacing 0 with 1 in Terminal and it will undo the changes you made.
Change the save location for your screenshots
By default, all your screenshots are saved to your desktop. It also means your desktop will be cluttered if you take a lot of screenshots and don’t put them in their respective folders.
However, you can change the default location for saving screenshots so that screenshots are saved in the folder of your choice.
Run the following command in Terminal, replacing PATH with the path to the folder where you want to save the screenshots.
by default write com.apple.screencapture location ~ PATH; killall SystemUIServer
You can always return the default save folder by running the following command:
write the default location com.apple.screencapture ~ / Desktop; killall SystemUIServer
Change screenshot image format
PNG is the default file format for your screenshots. However, if you need screenshots in a different format, you can change the default screenshots format in Terminal.
To do this, use the following command in Terminal. Replace jpg with the image format you want to use for your screenshots. Some of the formats you can use are JPG, GIF, PDF, PNG, and TIFF.
the default is com.apple.screencapture type jpg; killall SystemUIServer
You can revert to the default file format using the same command.