How to Snip on Mac in 2020 - Take a Screenshot on Mac within A Few Clicks

Lisa Ou

July 28, 2020 16:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

Windows has a snipping tool, which can help users take still screenshots on Windows Vista and later versions. But it is available for Windows operating system only. Well, what about Mac?

Taking screenshots is one of the convenient ways to capture screen, active window, free-form area, etc, on computer no matter you are a Windows or Mac user.

If you want to know more about snipping tool on Mac, you have come to the right place.

How to Snip on Mac in 2020 - Take a Screenshot on Mac within A Few Clicks

1. Is there a Snipping Tool For Mac?

“Is there a hotkey for snipping tool on Mac? If so, what is the shortcut for snipping tool? Can you tell a list of snipping tool keyboard shortcut?”

There is no Snipping Tool on Mac but Grab instead, it is a built-in screenshot utility included in macOS. It provides different screenshotting modes, like selection, window, screen, and timed screen.

2. How to Snip on Mac

You should learn how to use snipping tool alternative - Grab to take screenshots on Mac.

Best Snipping Tool for Mac - Grab

You have 4 methods to launch Grab on Mac. You can choose one accordingly.

Option 1. Click Applications > Utilities > Grab.

Applications Utilities Grab

Option 2. Select Finder and type /Applications/Utilities/

Option 3. Click Launchpad > Other > Grab.

Grab app

Option 4. Run Spotlight and then type Grab.

spotlight grab

Grab Snipping Tool Keyboard Shortcut on Mac

After that, click Capture, you can see 4 snipping modes from the drop-down list, including Selection, Window, Screen, Timed Screen. You can try below keyboard shortcuts for Grab tool to enable one of them.

Screenshot Shortcuts Screenshot Shortcuts
Capture selection Command-4 Capture screen (timed) Option-Command-3
Capture window Command-5 Capture Touch Bar (timed) Option-Command-6
Capture screen Command-3 Display/hide the inspector Command-I

Snipping Shortcut for Grab Alternatives

There are some other shortcuts you can try to screenshot on Mac except for the above-mentioned shortcuts of Grab.

Shift, Command, and 3: Entire Screen

Shift, Command, and 4: Portion of the screen

Shift, Command, and 5: The Entire Screen/Window/Portion

Shift, Command, and 6: The Entire Touch Bar

3. Mac Snipping Tool Alternatives

There are some Grab app Mac alternatives you can try if you would like to use tools rather than Grab. Below are 4 recommendations.

FoneLab Snipping Tool

This is a free but powerful tool to take a screenshot with ease. It is available for both Windows and Mac, you don’t need to concern that if it has a workable tool on Mac. And you can add labels according to your needs, you can add text, painting, line and more.

You can download and install FoneLab Snipping Tool from official site, then check below demonstration.

Launch the program, then you can choose Video Recorder, Audio Recorder or Snapshot in the interface. You need to select Snpashot in this step.

mac screen recorder

Then you can select a screenshot area to take a screenshot. You can also add label if you want.

customize frame

Click save button.


This is a basic tool to take screenshot on Macbook or Mac with low price. It has 12 integrations. It also has screen recorder and cloud storage features.



This is a tool to help user take screenshots with advanced tools and you can also use its screen recorder. But you will be required additional charge for cloud storage. And compared to other tools, its price is higher.



It is a tool, which is specialized in screenshotting feature. So you can enjoy it with security. But other features like cloud storage or screen recording are not provided.


4. Shortcuts to Screenshot on Windows

What is The Shortcut Key for Snipping Tool in Windows? What is the shortcut key for snipping tool? How about keyboard shortcut for snipping tool windows 10? As for Windows users, there is no keyboard shortcut to open snipping tool, you need to input snipping tool in search bar and then launch it. But there are some screenshot hotkeys you can try to take a screenshot on Windows.

Windows + Shift + s: windows 10 snipping tool shortcut keys, you can choose an area to take a screenshot, then paste it.

windows shift s

PrintScreen button: Take a screenshot of entire screen.

PrintScreen + Alt: Screenshot active window.

PrintScreen alt

PrintScreen + Windows: This saves entire screen as an image to Pictures folder.

PrintScreen windows

That’s all about snipping tool on Mac. You can leave comments below if you have more questions about it.

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