How to Edit and Crop A Screenshot on Mac – 3 Efficient Methods You Should Know

Lisa Ou

July 22, 2020 16:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

When you take a screenshot on Mac with the default keyboard combination, how to crop and edit the screenshot on Mac? If you just want to get a desired part of the screenshot, there are various image editors to help you out. The article shares 3 efficient methods to crop a screenshot on Mac, you can choose a desired one according to your requirement.

How to Edit and Crop A Screenshot on Mac – 3 Efficient Methods You Should Know

1. Best Method to Take and Crop A Screenshot on Mac

Is there a professional method to take, crop, edit and manage the screenshots on your MacBook for free? FoneLab Screen Recorder is more than a free sniping tool, but also enables you to capture screen video/audio/snapshot with ease. Moreover, you can also crop a screenshot, add annotations and watermarks, or even manage the screenshots as desired.

  1. Capture, edit, manage and crop the screenshot on MacBook with ease.
  2. Add annotations, shapes, lines, arrows and more other elements as desired.
  3. Tweak the screenshot format, capture area, hotkeys and more parameters.
  4. Manage the screenshot, view/delete images, share to social media, etc.

Download and install the free snipping tool, you can launch the program on your MacBook. When you want to tweak the settings for the screenshot format, capture hotkeys, and more others, you can click the Video Recorder button and select the Gear icon instead.

mac screen recorder

Go back to the home interface and choose the Screen Recorder option to crop a screenshot on Mac. When you get the desired screenshot, you can add annotation, shapes, texts, watermark and more other elements into the program according to your requirements.

customize frame

After that, you can click the Save button to save the screenshot on your MacBook. To manage the screenshots, you can click the Recording history icon to view the files, share to social media, add to folder, delete the file or send to some professional photo cropper.

media manager

2. How to Crop A Screenshot on Mac via Preview App

The Preview is a default photo editor to edit and crop a screenshot on Mac. It offers the basic video editing features, such as cropping, resizing, rotating, annotating and more others. Just learn more details about the cropping process as below.

When you want to crop the screenshot on a Mac, you can right-click the screenshot and choose the Open With button. Select the Preview (default) option to open the screenshot.

Go to the Tools menu and choose the Crop option. If the Crop option is in grey, you can use the keyboard combination Command + K to crop the screenshot on Mac directly.

preview crop screenshot

3. How to Crop A Screenshot on Mac with Grab App

Grab is another method to take a screenshot on Macbook or Mac with ease. Instead of cropping the screenshot on Mac directly, you can take a desired portion of the screenshot with 4 different snipping tools with the program. Here is the detailed process you should follow.

Open Grab app from the Launchpad. Of course, you can find the app within the Applications folder. After that, you can locate the icon within the Dock of your MacBook.

Then you can choose from the 4 snipping tools, such as selection, window, screen and time screen to crop a satisfied screenshot on your MacBook within Grab.

screen grab

4. FAQs about How to Crop A Screenshot on Mac

1. How to Take Screenshot on Mac with Keyboard Combination?

When you want to take screenshots on Mac, you can learn more about the keyboard combinations before cropping. After that, you can crop a screenshot on Mac with another image editor.

Press Shift + Command + 3 to take a full screenshot on Mac.

Press Shift + Command + 4 to capture a portion of the screen on Mac.

Press Shift + Command + 4 + Space bar to capture a window or menu.

2. Why Screenshot on Mac Not Working?

If you need to crop a screenshot on Apple TV or other Apple-related software, you might not take a screenshot with the keyboard combination. The Chrome Incognito mode will stop you from cropping screenshots on Mac as well. Then you can use the professional snipping tool FoneLab Screen Recorder to capture the desired screenshot.

3. What are the Alternative Photo Editors to Crop A Screenshot on Mac?

Just as mentioned above, you can use the Preview app to crop the screenshot on Mac. Besides, you can also use Photos and Grab as the default photo editor to crop the desired image as desired.


When you want to crop a screenshot on Mac, you should learn more about the best methods from the article. Actually, the MacBook has the default method to crop the screenshots, such as Preview, Photos and Grab. Of course, you can also use the professional snipping tool, FoneLab Screen Recorder to capture, preview, edit and crop screenshot for free with ease.

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