How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac

December 25, 2023
David Sunnyside

If you need to quickly remove extra content from a screenshot, cropping is the easiest way to do it. By removing unneeded information, you can free up space on your computer and keep it running smoothly.

This article will show you three simple ways to crop a screenshot on mac without installing any third-party software. The first method is to use keyboard shortcuts to capture a specific area of the screen. The second is to use the built-in Preview app to quickly crop a screenshot after it has been captured. The last method is to use one of the many third-party tools available online for quick and easy cropping.

Using the built-in Preview app to crop a screenshot on mac is very easy. To start, locate the screenshot you want to edit on your desktop and double-click it. This will open the screenshot in the Preview app, which is the default image viewer for macOS.

When the Preview app opens, click the “Show Markup Toolbar” button in the top right corner of the window. This will reveal a toolbar at the top of the screen, which includes the Crop tool. Select the Crop tool, and then click and drag to draw a box around the part of the screenshot that you want to keep. Everything that is outside of the selection will be removed, leaving you with a clean and fully cropped screenshot.

To save the cropped image, click the File menu, and then select Export.... Select a format from the Format drop-down menu (usually JPEG or PNG is a good choice). Enter a name for the file, and then select a location to save it.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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