If you went from a PC running Windows to an Apple iMac or Macbook running Apple’s macOS, you could have trouble finding Mac versions of several helpful Windows programmes and capabilities, such as the Windows Snipping Tool. You’ll be glad to hear that Apple provides a screen capture tool for macOS that is just as easy to use with shortcuts as the handy Windows Snipping tool. Using this tool, you may capture screenshots or screenshots of certain areas of your screen.
Shortcuts for using the snipping tool on Mac
Shift, Command, and 5 will take you to the Mac snipping tool’s main control panel, but Shift, Command, and 3 and Shift, Command, and 4 will allow you to swiftly take a snapshot of your whole Mac screen or just a piece of it.
On a MacBook or an iMac running macOS Mojave or a later version of the operating system, you may press Shift, Command, 5 to see the Mac Snipping tool control panel at the bottom of your screen (as shown below). Here, you may do a variety of screen capture activities, such as collecting screenshots, choosing a specific area of your screen, and recording videos of your screen for lectures and instructive movies. You may use the helpful choices that Apple has provided to further customise your process if required.
Mac Snipping tool options
You may close the Mac snipping tool and return to your desktop by clicking the cross within the circle, starting on the left. The next three buttons allow you to screenshot your Mac’s whole screen; the second button from the left allows you to choose a window for screenshotting; and the dashed rectangle button enables you to pick certain portions of the screen for screenshotting. When you place your mouse over any button, a tooltip that describes what it performs will show.
The following two buttons with circles in the bottom right corners allow you to record video of your Mac screen. The first one enables you record the whole screen, while the second one, which has a dashed rectangle, allows you to record just certain areas of your Mac desktop.
Changing the default Mac Snipping tool save location
Additional options provided by the Mac snipping tool let you choose where to save any screenshots or videos you capture with it. The desktop is the default location for screenshots captured using the Mac snipping tool, but you can also choose to send them to a Custom Location, your Documents folder, the Clipboard, the Mac Mail programme, the Message app, or the Preview app on macOS. The ability to display floating thumbnails, remember the previous selection, display the mouse cursor, and set a timer for 5 or 10 seconds are additional choices.
I can honestly say that having used both the Windows and Mac versions of the snipping tool substitute, whether you’re taking a screenshot, selecting a section of the screen, or recording a screen video, the macOS version is a little bit simpler to use and the options are easier to access using the shortcuts above. However, both platforms provide a quick way to capture images or movies of your screen.