Want to save what’s on your Mac’s screen so you can later refer to it or share it with others? The easiest way to do it is to take a screenshot. However, you might still need to crop some of the screenshots in order to hide or remove important information or to remove extraneous details.
Read this post if you’re unclear about how to crop a screenshot on a Mac or where to go for the best cropping software. We’ll look at some simple methods.
How to make and crop screenshots using a touchpad?
Using the touchpad on a Mac is a relatively straightforward way to take screenshots that are cropped.
Older Macs don’t have the same capabilities as later MacBook Pro models, which means you can only take screenshots using the Touch Bar itself.
There is no need to download or install the Photos software because it comes pre-installed on all Mac computers.
Here’s how to use the touchpad to take a screenshot on a Mac and crop it:
- Step 1: Just launch the touchpad program from the Launchpad and select the desired screenshot to edit.
- Step 2: Activate the Screenshot icon on the Touch Bar first. A symbol in the form of a camera should emerge.
- Step 3: Tap the camera icon and select the type of screenshot you’d like to take.
- Step 4: Take the screenshot and then click the thumbnail to edit and save where you want.
How to screen crop on a Mac using hotkeys?
On your Mac, you may learn and use a variety of hotkey combinations to carry out various functions and access particular shortcuts, including a set of hotkeys that let you take screenshots and another set that lets you take partial screenshots.
This is a fairly quick and practical method for taking screenshots and cropping them to the desired size.
The disadvantage of this approach is that you must memorize the particular keystroke combinations to be made, which can be challenging for those who have problems memorizing technical inputs.
This is how to edit a screenshot on a Mac using the hotkeys:
- You must first get the object you want to capture up on the screen before you can use hotkeys to screen crop on a Mac.
- Press the Shift, Command, and 3 keys simultaneously to take a complete screenshot. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, a thumbnail should appear; click on it to crop the image.
- Press the Shift, Command, and 4 keys simultaneously to take a partial screenshot. The region of the screen you want to capture can then be selected by dragging the crosshair. Once more, click the thumbnail that should appear in the corner to perform any additional cropping or editing.
- By simultaneously pressing Shift, Command, 4, and the spacebar, you can grab a certain window or menu. A camera symbol should appear, which you can then hover over to take a picture of the window. Once more, select the thumbnail that appears and click “edit.”
How to crop a screenshot using the Photos app?
This is how you can crop screenshots using the Photos app:
- Click File > Import from the menu bar after opening Photos.
- Click Import after locating the screenshot you want to change.
- Double-click the imported picture and select Edit (top-right)
- The Crop button is located at the top.
How to Take and How to Edit a Screenshot on Mac OS X
How to take a screenshot on your Mac
- Step 1: Press and hold the Shift, Command, and 3 keys simultaneously to take a screenshot.
- Step 2: Click the thumbnail to alter the screenshot if it appears in the corner of your screen. Alternatively, wait until the screenshot is saved to your desktop.
How to crop the screen to a certain area:
- Step 1: Press and hold the Shift, Command, and 4 keys simultaneously.
- Step 2: Click and drag the crosshair (+) to choose the screen area you want to capture. Press and hold the Space bar while dragging to move the selection.
Pressing the Esc (Escape) key will stop the screenshot from being taken.
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