How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac (Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra/ETC)

Laura Goodwin May 15, 2020 Screenshot

If you can’t explain something clearly, you can crop a screenshot on Mac instead. A picture is more than a thousand word. For instance, you can send your friend or family of how to use a new software, service or something else on your Mac computer. Sometimes you need to draw on the screenshot to strengthen the key point directly.

There is a built-in snip tool on Mac named Grab. You can use Grab to crop a screenshot of custom screen and window. In macOS Mojave, the Grab app is replaced with Screenshot. As for macOS Catalina, Grab is not included. You need to bring it up with Shift, Command and 5 keys. Or you can crop Mac screenshots via keyboard shortcuts.

Whatever, let’s see how to screenshot on Mac in 3 different ways.

How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

Part 1: How to Crop and Edit a Screenshot on Mac

It is helpful if you add draws on a screenshot. Others can understand what you want to express quickly and directly. To full control Mac screenshots, it is recommended to use Vidmore Screen Recorder. You can use Vidmore Screen Recorder free version to take screenshots with real-time drawing effects on Mac. The program is completely free to crop, edit, share and manage screenshots on Mac. Here’re the main features of the Mac screenshot capture software.

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  • Crop a screenshot on Mac of the whole screen, a single window or any selected area.
  • Edit a screenshot on Mac with text, arrow, line, blur, callout and other shapes in any size and color.
  • Save a screenshot on Mac as PNG, JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF or TIFF.
  • Share a screenshot on Mac to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Flickr, etc.
  • 100% free to take screenshots on Mac. No registration or user account required. No watermark.
  • Work with Mac OS X 10.10 or above.
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Step 1: Free download, install and launch Vidmore Screen Recorder. Choose Screen Capture in the main interface.

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Step 2: You can see the cursor move in the pop up window. If you want to crop a screenshot on Mac of the certain browser, program or entire screen, you can left click the mouse to confirm. Or you can click and drag your mouse to set the certain screenshot capture area.

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Step 3: To edit the Mac screenshot, you can choose any drawing tool in the small window. For instance, you can click on the Callout icon to access it. Set the size and color based on your need. Now you can draw on the screenshot image directly.

Edit a Screenshot on Mac

Step 4: You can erase, undo or redo any change on the Mac screenshot. If you want to copy the Mac screenshot to clipboard, you can click the Copy button directly. It is also supported to pin the screenshot to screen. Or you can click Save to save a screenshot on Mac. In the popping-up Save as window, you can set the destination folder, tags, file name and format. Finally, click Save to export your Mac snapshot.

Save Mac Screenshot

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Part 2: How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac with Grab

For average Mac users, you can use Grab to screenshot images on Mac. In spite of common Mac screenshots, you can take a time-delayed screenshot on Mac using Grab as well. If you are using macOS Catalina, you need to find it by pressing Command, Shift and 5 key combinations.

Step 1: Open Grab in the Launchpad. Or you can find it in the Applications folder as well.

Step 2: You can see Grab’s menu bar on the Dock.

Step 3: Choose Selection, Window, Screen or Timed Screen to crop an image on Mac with Grab.

Step 4: From the File drop-down list, choose Save to export your Mac screen capture image as JPEG, PNG or TIFF.

Crop a Screenshot on Mac with Grab

Part 3: How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac with Keyboard Commands

If you want to capture any portion of the screen on your Mac computer immediately, you can use the Mac screenshot keyboard commands. The captured screenshot will be saved to desktop automatically. If you want to crop a screenshot to clipboard on Mac, you can press Control with other fixed combinations. After that, you can edit the screenshot thumbnails with other photo editors. (Edit video with video editors)

Crop a screenshot on Mac of full screen:

Step 1: Press Shift, Command and 3.

Step 2: Click the thumbnail to in the corner to edit the screenshot.

Step 3: The Mac screenshot will show on the desktop automatically.

Crop a screenshot on Mac of any portion:

Step 1: Press Shift, Command and 4.

Step 2: Drag the crosshair and set the screen capture area.

Step 3: Release the mouse or trackpad to crop a screenshot on Mac.

Step 4: The screenshot will be saved to Mac desktop.

Crop a screenshot on Mac of a window or menu:

Step 1: Press Shift, Command, 4 and Space bar.

Step 2: Hover your mouse over the window or menu you want to capture.

Step 3: Click to crop a screenshot on macOS Catalina.

Step 4: You can press Option to exclude window shadow from the screenshot image.

Step 5: The Mac screenshot picture will show on the desktop quickly.

Part 4: FAQs of Cropping a Screenshot on Mac

Why Screenshot on Mac not working?

If you crop a screenshot on Apple TV and other related Apple programs, you are not allowed to use the built-in screenshot shortcuts and programs. The Chrome Incognito mode will stop you from cropping screenshots on Mac as well. During this time, you can run Vidmore Screen Recorder to crop a photo on Mac instead.

What to do when Screenshot on Mac not responding?

You can restart Mac or use alternative screen capture software to solve the problem.

Unable to delete screenshots on Mac?

Dragging and dropping to the Trash is the common solution to delete Mac screenshots. If the screenshot image is stuck, you can press Option, Command and Escape to force quit it first.

That’s all to crop a screenshot on Mac of all versions. Can you screenshot on your Mac computer successfully? If you have any question or suggestion about Mac screenshot, you can feel free to contact us.

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