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How to Crop a Screenshot on Your MacBook: A Step-by-Step Guide

Efficiently crop MacBook screenshots

Are you wondering how to crop a screenshot on your MacBook? Today, I will guide you through the easy steps you need to follow to accomplish this. There are two different ways covered in this article for cropping screenshots on a MacBook. 😎👍


First Method: Directly From the Screenshot

Step 1: Press ‘Command’, ‘Shift’ and ‘4’ on your keyboard. The mouse cursor transforms into a selection arrow.

Step 2: Now, click and drag to select the area you want to capture. You will see the screenshot thumbnail at the bottom right corner. Click on this thumbnail. Now you have multiple options at the top.

Step 3: The ‘crop’ option is the last one. 🖼️ Click on it, you will see a ‘crop’ border on your screenshot. Here, you can select the area you want to crop.

Step 4: After selecting the area, press on the ‘crop’ button. Then click ‘Done’. The cropped photo will be saved in your chosen location, which is desktop in this example.


Second Method: From Saved Screenshot

Step 1: Navigate to the location where you saved your screenshot. Open the screenshot. A pen-like icon will be visible; click it to enable the edit options. The mouse icon will again look like a selection arrow.

Step 2: As in the previous method, drap and drop to select the area you wish to crop. Now, a ‘crop’ option will appear at the top.

Step 3: Click on the ‘crop’ option, and voila! Your cropped photo will automatically be saved. No extra steps needed here. 😁✌️

Conclusion: 🏁

So, that is how you crop screenshots on your MacBook in two different ways. Hopefully, this guide has made the process easy and hassle-free. Keep learning and exploring because technology allows endless possibilities! 🚀😄


You can take a screenshot on your MacBook by pressing the Shift, Command, and 3 keys together. This will capture the entire screen.

After taking a screenshot, the image will appear at the corner of your screen. Click on the thumbnail to open it. There, you’ll find an option to crop it – click and drag the edges of the image.

Yes, you can crop a screenshot before saving it by clicking on the thumbnail immediately after taking it.

To take a partial screenshot, press Shift, Command, and 4 keys together. Then drag the crosshair to select the area you want to capture.

By default, screenshots are saved on your desktop.

Screenshots are saved in PNG format by default.

Yes, you can change the save location in the Screenshot app’s options.

Yes, you can change the file format in the Screenshot app’s options.

Yes, you can use the Screenshot app to take a timed screenshot.

Yes, after pressing Shift, Command, and 4 keys together, press the Spacebar. The cursor will change to a camera, and you can click on the window you want to capture.

Yes, you can annotate your screenshots using Markup tools in the screenshot preview.

Yes, you can share your screenshots directly from the Screenshot app to a variety of apps and services.

The quickest way is to use keyboard shortcuts, such as Shift, Command and 3 for the entire screen, or Shift, Command and 4 for a selected area.

This will open the Screenshot app, which offers more options for capturing screenshots and screen recordings.

You can use the Screenshot app (Command + Shift + 5) to start a screen recording.

To immediately discard a screenshot, click on the thumbnail that appears after capturing it, then click on the trash icon.

This may be because the ‘Show Floating Thumbnail’ option is turned off in the screenshot options.

You can enable the ‘Show Floating Thumbnail’ option in the Screenshot app’s options (Command + Shift + 5).

This may happen if you’re trying to take a screenshot of a protected content, like a DVD video or certain websites.

Yes, press Shift, Command and 6 to take a screenshot of your Touch Bar.

Yes, you can crop any image on your MacBook, including screenshots taken with third-party apps, using apps like Preview.

Yes, you can resize your screenshots in the screenshot preview or in any image editing app.

No, there’s no limit to how many screenshots you can take.

If you’re unable to take a screenshot, ensure that the keyboard shortcuts are turned on in System Preferences.

No, currently, Siri on a MacBook does not support screenshot functionality.

Yes, when capturing a specific window (Shift, Command, 4 + Spacebar), hold down the Option key before clicking on the window to exclude the shadow effect.

No, you cannot take a screenshot of the login screen on a MacBook.

Yes, you can edit a screenshot after saving it using any image editing app.

The resolution of a screenshot is the same as the screen resolution of your MacBook.

Yes, by default, the cursor is not included in screenshots.