How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac [4 Workable Ways]

There are many ways to take a screenshot on Mac, but you can only capture the full screen. What would you do when you only need to capture only a part of the screen? This post will teach you how to crop a screenshot on Mac in 4 ways.

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Melissa Lee

Updated on May 09, 2024

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It's easy to send others a screenshot to explain something as there are always tools you can use to take a screenshot, whether you are using a Windows PC or a MacBook. However, sometimes you only want to capture only a part of the screen to emphasize the content, but the tool may only allow you to capture the whole screen. 

Is there any way to solve this problem and help you take a partial screen? Yes, you can capture only a section of your screen with many tools on Mac, including both the built-in and third-party applications. This post will tell you how to crop a screenshot on Mac in 4 easy and workable ways. Keep reading to know the steps.

1. How to Crop Screenshot on Mac with EaseUS RecExperts

EaseUS RecExperts is a worth noting recorder for users who want to capture their Mac screens without slowing down the device. This Mac screen recorder can help you a lot in taking screenshots on Mac. For instance, you can set only part of your screen as the capturing region so that the screenshots are just in the aspect ratio you want. In other words, this recorder allows you to crop screenshots on Mac during the capturing process.

Besides the suitable aspect ratio, this software can keep the original quality and ensure that you can get the screenshots as clear as what you see on the Mac screen. The captured screenshots will be found in the Recordings list, and all those pictures are in PNG format. If you want to record your Mac screen in GIF format, all that you need to do is adjust the output format as GIF in the Settings and start recording.

More Features:

  • Take a partial screenshot on Windows and Mac
  • Support more than 10 video/audio/image formats
  • Support record screen automatically using Task Scheduler
  • Support Auto-Stop & Auto-Split

For cropping screenshots directly, this software is what you can never miss. Click on the button to download it.

How to Take a Cropped Screenshot on Mac with EaseUS RecExperts:

Step 1. Open this program on your Mac, and select the "Region" option on the panel.

EaseUS RecExperts interface

Step 2. Drag your mouse to cover the area that you want to take a snapshot. Next, press the ⌘ + P keys on the keyboard to take screenshots. Also, you can click the camera icon directly.

Take screenshots on Mac

Step 3. Go back to the main interface, click "Recordings" > "Pictures", and you can find all the screenshots you need.

View screenshots

2. How to Crop a Screenshot on Mac with Built-in Tool

For many reasons, sometimes, the best way to crop a screenshot on Mac is using the built-in tools. For instance, when there is no Internet connection or when you cannot install any third-party software on your Mac, the tools offered by your device are available.

At the first step, the shortcuts will help you take a screenshot of the entire screen. You only need to press the keys, i.e., shift + command + 3, at the same time to capture the full Mac screen. Then, a thumbnail of the screenshot will appear in the lower right corner of your screen, and you can click it to crop it directly. In addition to that, the Photo app is also available to crop your Mac screenshot.

crop screenshot on mac

How do you crop a screenshot on a Mac? This tutorial will guide you through doing that using the Photo app.

Step 1. When you want to capture your Mac screen, press shift + command + 3 on your keyboard, and you will get a screenshot of the whole screen.

take screenshot with shortcuts

Step 2. After saving the picture to your device, go to the Photo app to find the screenshot.

Step 3. Double-click the screenshot you want to crop and click on the "Edit" button in the upper right corner. 

Step 4. Select the "Crop" option in the top toolbar and crop Mac screenshot freely. 

choose crop tool

Step 5. Finally, click on the "Done" button to save the cropped Mac screenshot. Or you can choose the "Reset" option to crop the screenshot again.

3. How to Take a Cropped Screenshot on Mac with Shortcuts

If you find that taking a screenshot of the full screen and cropping it is tiring, Mac also offers you some shortcuts to crop the screenshot during the capturing process. The key combination "shift + command + 4" is used to capture only a portion of your Mac screen, which means you don't have to find another app to crop the screenshot as long as you set the aspect ratio correctly. This might be a convenient way to take a cropped screenshot on your Mac.

crop screenshot on mac

How to Crop a Screenshot on a Mac with Shortcuts:

Step 1. Press the "shift + command + 4" key combination on your keyboard. 

take cropping screenshot mac

Step 2. When you see your mouse turn a crosshair, drag it to select the region you want to capture.

Step 3. Then, you need to release your mouse to take the cropped screenshot.

Step 4. The cropped screenshot will be saved to your device directly. Click on the thumbnail of the picture to edit it further.

4. How to Crop a Screenshot on MacBook with Online Tools

The methods of using the shortcuts and the built-in app are straightforward, but they cannot meet the requirements of all users. As Mac only provides you with the most basic capturing tools, the lack of advanced features may cause some inconvenience. For instance, you cannot freely customize the picture resolution and image format, and this is the main reason why you need an online tool.

This online screenshot tool is more versatile than the default tools offered by Mac as it allows you to adjust the settings. This online tool offers you options like device, platform, browser, resolution, and picture format. However, it cannot be ignored that this tool can only be used to capture the webpages.

take screenshot online

Steps to Capture a Screenshot on Mac:

Step 1. Go to the page of Online Screenshot.

Step 2. Enter the URL of the webpage you want to capture into the textbox.

Step 3. Adjust the settings according to your actual situation.

Step 4. Click on the "Capture" button to get the screenshot of the webpage.

Step 5. Click on the "Download" button to save the screenshot to your Mac.

Now, you have got a screenshot of the whole webpage. How do you crop a screenshot on a Mac online? There are also some helpful online image editors, such as PicResize.

How to Crop Screenshot on Mac with Online Tool:

Step 1. Go to the page of the online image editor. 

crop screenshot on mac online

Step 2. Click on the middle of the page to upload the screenshot you want to crop.

Step 3. Edit the tools on your left side to crop, rotate, or flip the image following your needs.

Step 4. There is a button that says, "I'M DONE, RESIZE MY PICTURE!" Click on it to crop your screenshot online.


This post talked about how to crop a screenshot on Mac and offered you four workable methods. You can capture the whole screen and crop the screenshot, as well as crop the screenshot along with the capturing process. Among all those solutions, the best is capturing a cropped screenshot with EaseUS RecExperts, a powerful and all-in-one recorder that can work perfectly on both Windows and Mac.

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