Taking screenshots on a Mac is super easy thanks to the awesome screenshot utility that comes pre-installed. The add-on comes with more features than what you find or see at first sight.
Freeing up these extra options will let you take your screenshots in a more customizable way. These are pretty simple tweaks to apply to the utility that captures the type of screenshot you want on your Mac.
Full screen screenshot
This is the easiest way and you will use it when you want to capture the entire screen of your Mac. All icons and other elements on your desktop will be captured and saved to your screenshot.
To take a full screen screenshot, just tap Command + Shift + 3 simultaneously on your Mac keyboard. The screenshot will be taken and saved on your desktop.
Take a screenshot of a selected window
Sometimes you may just want to capture a certain part or window of an application on your screen. While you can always take a full-sized screenshot and crop it to get the results you want, there’s a better way to do it in Mac.
While you have the application window that you want to capture open on your screen, tap Command + Shift + 4 key combination, press Spacebarand click the application window to capture.
Take a screenshot of a selected area
There will be times when you want to take a screenshot of a specific area (not a specific window) of your screen. It is different from capturing the entire screen or a specific application window.
You can do that with a keystroke on your Mac. While on any screen, tap Command + Shift + 4 at the same time, drag the marker and select the area you want to capture and release the marker. Your screenshot has been taken.
Take screenshots from time to time
Sometimes you will encounter this problem. You want to take a screenshot but then your screen also requires you to use the keyboard and mouse at the same time. If you use the keyboard to take a screenshot, you cannot use it with the requesting application.
However, there is a workaround. Mac has the ability to take screenshots over time thanks to built-in Grab practicality.
Launch Grab apps from Launchpad on your Mac.
A dialog box will appear telling you that it will take a screenshot after ten seconds have passed. Click Start timer button to start timer
After ten seconds have passed, it will automatically take your full screen screenshot and save it to your desktop.
Remove drop shadow from screenshot
If you’ve noticed, the app window screenshots you took on your Mac have shadows. While these make your screenshots look eye-catching, sometimes you may not want them included in your images.
Removing drop shadows from your Mac screenshots is pretty easy and can be done using a command in the Terminal app.
Launch End app on your Mac.
Type the following command into the Terminal window and press enter.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true ; killall SystemUIServer
From now on, any screenshots you take will not have a shadow added to them.
If you want to bring the shadows back, just run the following command in the Terminal app on your Mac.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool false ; killall SystemUIServer
The drop shadow should now be back on your Mac.
Show the cursor in your screenshot
Most of the screenshots you find on the Internet usually don’t have a mouse pointer. However, if you want to indicate certain things in your screenshots, you may want to include them.
The default capture utility on your Mac does not include a pointer. However, you can use the built-in Grab app to get the job done.
Open Grab apps from Launchpad on your Mac.
You will now see many different types of pointers that you can use in your screenshot. Choose the one you like and exit the control panel.