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How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

The following is a comprehensive explanation of how to crop a Mac screenshot. Once you learn these tips on how to crop a screenshot on your Mac computer, you’ll be able to make your work day highly productive.
How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

First Step to Crop a Mac Screenshot

The first step to cropping your Mac screenshot is to click on the “File” menu option in the upper left hand side of your screen. This will bring you to a list of options. Then, you simply select “Save”.

This will bring up a window that allows you to save your file. You have several locations to choose from when you take this step. Set your location, click “Save”.

Best Format to Crop a Mac Screenshot

It can be hard to know how to take a screenshot and crop it. One way to make it easier, is to know the best format. Choose the “PNG” format as it is the best for screenshots. PNG is able to preserve transparency, which is an important feature when trying to crop a screenshot on your Mac. Once you have done this, you will be able to see that the crop tool is now visible. You can choose to use this tool on both pictures and images, including screenshots on your Mac. You can also access these tools by pressing Command+Shift+4 on your keyboard and clicking on the image once it appears. The crop tool will then appear and you can begin cropping your Mac screenshot.

The tool will ensure you know how to take a cropped screenshots. Select exactly what portion of the screenshot you want in order to crop it down and make it more presentable for later use. If at any time during this process, you need a better view of what exactly is going on, simply press Command+0 (that’s zero). 

This will allow you to zoom out so that you can see if there are any mistakes or errors that need to be corrected. This is also a valuable step when taking screenshots on Mac in order to practice cropping them properly before releasing/ publishing them.

What to Remember When Cropping a Mac Screenshot

When cropping your Mac screenshot, be sure that there are no stray pixels hanging around or stretched sections at all. Cropping a screenshot wrong may cause the picture to look funny while cropped or pixilated after being saved as a JPG file.

Shortcuts to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

The Command-Shift-4 and Command-Shift-5 shortcuts let you select the area by dragging the crosshair pointer to effectively crop your intended screenshot.  You can then copy the image to your clipboard, move it to a different program, or paste it into a document.

With the image file location selected, press Command-Shift-3. You’ll see a crosshair pointer appear. Then drag the pointer to create a cropping box. The image will go blank and the selected area will be highlighted with a blue border.

Click in the blank space outside of the cropped area and drag the pointer back to select your entire screen (or click in your desired portion of the screen and drag it to expand the selection).

Release the mouse button and press Command-Shift-4 again. The screenshot is copied to your clipboard, ready for pasting into your document or moving to another program.

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