Crop A Screenshot on Mac with Full Screen/ Window/Portion

Jenefey Aaron Jenefey Aaron
Jul 30, 2021 (Updated: Oct 31, 2022)Filed to: Screenshot

Why do you crop a screenshot on Mac? It is because you can get a still image of the current display on your Mac computer. There is no need to find where the download or save button is, you can screenshot on Mac to grab all useful information. No matter you want to take a screenshot on a streaming video or program interface, you can get 3 ways to screenshot everything on Mac.

The default Mac screenshot app is Grab. You can screenshot Mac with full screen and certain window by using Mac Grab. As for macOS Mojave/Catalina/Big Sur/Monterey users, You can screenshot MacBook Air and Pro with "Shift", "Command", and "5" screenshot shortcuts instead. No more Grab.

If you don’t know which Mac screenshot tool to choose, you can check the current macOS version (click the "About This Mac" button from the drop-down list). Moreover, you need to figure out whether you need to add text and shapes to screenshots. If Yes, you can run AnyRec Screen Recorder to take and edit screenshots on Mac. Or you can choose the latter two ways to crop screenshots on Mac quickly as well.

Now, let’s see how to crop a Mac screenshot in different scenarios.

How to Crop and Edit a Screenshot on Mac (Highly Recommended)

AnyRec Screen Recorder is not only a Mac screen recorder but also a powerful Mac snipping tool. You can crop a screenshot on MacBook Air/Pro computers with real-time drawing effects. It means you can draw on the captured image before export. The available Mac screenshot effects include text, line, arrow, callout, blur, etc. You can adjust the size and color of the annotation freely. If you crop screenshots on Mac for classes, PPTs, meetings, and many other cases, you can take AnyRec Screen Recorder for a try.

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Mac Screenshot Tool

Crop a screenshot on Mac with full screen, a specific window, or a custom rectangular display.

Edit a Mac screenshot by adding text, rectangle, ellipse, line, arrow, pen, blur, callout, and more with custom size and color.

Save your Mac screenshot as JPG/JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, or BMP format.

Crop and save a screenshot on Mac with custom hotkeys.

Compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 or later (macOS Yosemite/EI Capitan/Sierra/High Sierra/Mojave/Catalina/Big Sur/Monterey).

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Step 1.Free download, install, and launch AnyRec Screen Recorder for Mac. Click the "SnapShot" button to access the screenshot app and crop on Mac.

choose screen capture

Step 2.Hover your mouse above the window you want to capture. Left click your mouse to confirm the screenshot area. Or you can drag with the left click mouse to crop a Mac screenshot in any size freely.

set screenshot area

Step 3.Pick out which editing tool you need. Here you can edit a Mac screenshot with erase, redo, and undo options.

add drawing effects

Step 4.If you want to crop a screenshot on Mac clipboard, you can find and click the "Copy" button. The Mac screenshot is copied to the clipboard. Or you can click "Save" to move on.

Step 5.In the popping-up Save As window, set the output folder and image format for your captured Mac snapshot. You can crop and save a Mac screenshot into JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc.

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Step 6.Click the "Save" button to crop a screenshot on Mac and save it successfully. Well, this is your best alternative when you encounter screenshot on Mac not working problem.

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Click the "Preferences" button from the top drop-down list. Navigate to the Hotkeys section. Here you can set custom Mac screenshot hotkeys in Screen Capture area. Click the "OK" button to save changes. After that, you can crop a screenshot on Mac of streaming video or still image.

How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac with Grab

As for macOS 10.13 and earlier users, you can use Grab as your free Mac snipping tool. Compared with Preview, Grab is not a popular Mac program. But you can still take a screenshot on Mac with Grab. Here you can crop screenshots in 4 different modes within Grab.

Step 1.Go to Launchpad and open Grab. You can find Grab by navigating the Applications and then Utilities folder too.

Step 2.From the top Capture list, choose the screen capture mode based on your need. You can make a choice among Selection, Window, Screen, and Timed Screen.

Step 3.Take a screenshot on desktop, part of Mac screen, or window.

Step 4.Click the "Screenshot" button on the top left corner of the captured screenshot.

Step 5.Specify the screenshot file name, tag, or destination folder. Then click the "File Format" button and choose among PNG, JPEG, or TIFF.

Step 6.Click the "Save" button; to grab a screenshot on Mac to JPEG, PNG, or TIFF.

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How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac with Shortcuts

The default Mac screenshot shortcuts are also easy to access. You can crop a screenshot on Mac desktop or any portion by pressing predefined shortcuts. Just press and hold the following Mac screen shot hotkeys.

"Shift" + "Command" + "3" : Crop a screenshot on Mac of the full screen

Shift Command 3

"Shift" + "Command" + "4" + "Space bar": Crop a screenshot on Mac of a window/popup

Shift Command 4 Space bar

"Shift" + "Command" + "4": Crop a screenshot on Mac of any region

Shift Command 4

"Shift" + "Command" + "4": Crop a screenshot on Mac of a menu (Meanwhile, drag the pointer over the menu you want to capture.)

"Shift" + "Command" + "6": Crop a screenshot on Mac of the Touch Bar


If you want to copy and paste a screenshot elsewhere on Mac, you can hold and press the "Control" key while pressing the above Mac screenshot shortcuts. As a result, you can crop a screenshot and paste it to email or other apps directly.

When you release the keys, you can hear the camera shutter sound. A thumbnail appears. The default Apple Mac screenshot format is PNG. While the default Mac screenshot folder is desktop. You can find those screenshots in Screen Shot [date] at [time]. png.

As for Mac Mojave/Catalina/Big Sur and newer users, you can activate the built-in Screenshots app by pressing Command, Shift, and 5 keys on the keyboard at the same time.

Step 1.Hold and press "Shift" + "Command" + "5" keys on the keyboard simultaneously. Or you can use LaunchPad to open Screenshots as well.

Step 2.You can capture the entire screen, window, or a portion of the screen on Mac with the first 3 options.

Step 3.Drag the frame or edges to adjust the screen size you want to capture.

Step 4.Click the "Options" button. Here you can crop a screenshot on Mac and save it to desktop, Documents, clipboard, mail, messages, Preview, etc. You can also screenshot on Mac with a 5-seconds or 10-seconds timer.

Step 5.Click the "Capture" button to take and crop a Mac screenshot in PNG.

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These are all proven ways to crop a screenshot on Mac of all operating systems and computer models. Even though there is no Snipping Tool for Mac, you can get 3 alternatives to take and edit screenshots on Mac.Grab is the traditional screen capture tool for Mac High Sierra and earlier users. As for new Mac buyers, Apple has upgraded Grab into the Screenshot app instead. If you want to take a Mac screenshot without the keyboard, you can give AnyRec Screen Recorder a try. It is easy and powerful to crop and edit Mac screenshots. Just free download the Mac screenshot software and have a try right now.

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