Taking screenshots on a Mac is extremely simple thanks to the amazing screen capture utility with which it comes preloaded. The utility includes even more features than what you find or see at first glance.
Unleashing these extra options will allow you to capture your screenshots in a more personalized way. These are pretty simple tweaks to apply to the utility to capture the type of screenshot you want on your Mac.
Full screen screenshot
This is the simplest and you will use it when you want to capture the entire screen of your Mac. All icons and other elements on the screen will be captured and saved in the screenshot.
To take a full screen screenshot, simply press Command + Shift + 3 at the same time on your Mac keyboard. The screenshot will be captured and saved on the desktop.
Take a screenshot of a selected window
Sometimes you may want to only capture a certain part or window of an app on the screen. While you can always take a full size screenshot and crop it to get the result you want, there is a better way to do it in Mac.
While you have the app window you want to capture open on your screen, press the key Command + Shift + 4 key combination, press the key Space barand click the app window to capture it.
Take a screenshot of a selected area
There will be times when you may want to take a screenshot of a particular area (not a specific window) on the screen. It is different from capturing the entire screen or a specific app window.
You can do this with a key combination on your Mac. From any screen, press the key Command + Shift + 4 keys at the same time, drag the marker and select the area you want to capture, then release the marker. Your screenshot has been captured.
Take a timed screenshot
Sometimes you will run into this problem. You want to take a screenshot, but the screen also requires you to use the keyboard and mouse at the same time. If you use the keyboard to take the screenshot, you cannot use it with the app that requires it.
There is a workaround, though. The Mac has the ability to take timed screenshots thanks to the built-in Prey utility.
Start the Prey app from the Launchpad on your Mac.
A dialog box will appear telling you that a screen will be taken after ten seconds have passed. Click on Start timer button to start the timer
After ten seconds have passed, it will automatically take a full screen screenshot of the screen and save it to your desktop.
Remove drop shadows from screenshots
If you’ve noticed, the app window screenshots you take on your Mac come with drop shadows. While these make your screenshot interesting, sometimes you may not want to include them in your images.
Removing drop shadows from your Mac screenshots is quite simple and can be done using a command in the Terminal app.
Start the terminal app on your Mac.
Type the following command in the Terminal window and press log into.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true ; killall SystemUIServer
From now on, no drop shadows will be added to any screenshots you take.
If you want to restore drop shadows, simply run the following command in the Terminal app on your Mac.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool false ; killall SystemUIServer
Drop shadows should now be back on your Mac.
Show cursors in your screenshots
Most screenshots you find on the internet usually don’t have mouse cursors included. However, if you want to emphasize some things in your screenshots, you may want to include them.
The default capture utility on your Mac doesn’t include cursors. However, you can use the built-in Grab app to get the task done.
Open the Prey app from the Launchpad on your Mac.
You will now see various types of pointers that you can use in your screenshots. Select the one you like and exit the panel.