How to take a screenshot of a selected area on Mac

If you’ve switched to a Mac from Windows, you’ve probably noticed that the standard keyboard doesn’t have a dedicated Print Screen button. But this does not mean that you have to download a separate program for screenshots – everything is already in the system, and the standard utility has quite wide capabilities.

Shooting a selected area

This type of screenshot creation has its own hotkeys that will allow you to make the selection as accurate as possible – in case you do not have the opportunity to edit the finished image. First, click ⌘ + Shift + 4 – after that you will be able to select the capture area. During this:

  • Hold Otherso that the changes are symmetrical;
  • Hold Shiftto move only one edge of the frame;
  • Hold Spaceto move the selection around the screen.

This video demonstrates the capabilities of selective capture:

Let’s improve our visual selection-fu.

The built-in OSX screenshotter has several awesome adjustments features, so just press alt, space or shift and see what happens – or just watch this short educational video!?

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How to take a screenshot

We’ll also remind you how to take other types of screenshots. There are several combinations for this:

  • ⌘ + Shift + 3 – standard snapshot of the entire screen;
  • ⌘ + Shift + 4 – shooting of the selected area;
  • ⌘ + Shift + Space + 4 – shooting of the selected window;
  • ⌘ + Shift + 5 – viewing all methods of screen capture (including video recording);
  • ⌘ + Shift + 6 – screenshot of Touch Bar panels;
  • ⌘ + Ctrl + Shift + 3 – a screenshot of the entire screen with saving to the clipboard;
  • ⌘ + Ctrl + Shift + 4 – shooting of the selected area with saving to the clipboard.
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When you press ⌘ + Shift + 5 you will also be able to choose where to save screenshots, whether to display a preview and set a timer.

Council: if you want to take beautiful screenshots of the application window with a shadow, use the combination ⌘ + Shift + Space + 4 – just make sure the application is open in windowed mode, not full screen.

It turns out something like this:

The shadow can be turned off if desired. To do this, you just need to select the window to capture by holding down the ⌥ key. The difference is obvious:

For more information on screenshots on Mac, see the complete FunPortal instruction.

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