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In macOS Mojave, Apple has introduced a screen capture interface that unifies the screenshot and screen recording features on Mac, making accessing them easier from one place.

A new floating palette brings the traditional Mac screen capture functions together under a single menu. You can access it by hitting Command-Shift-5. Let's take a closer look at what's on offer.

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The three buttons to the left of the first menu divider provide you with options to take a screenshot of the entire screen, a selected window, or a selected portion of the screen.

Note that the keyboard shortcuts for these actions still function as before in macOS. Taking a screenshot is as easy as hitting Shift-Command-3 to capture the whole screen, or Shift-Command-4 to capture a portion of the screen using the mouse cursor as a crosshair selection tool (a tap of the spacebar also turns it into a camera for capturing windows).

Meanwhile, on the right of the palette's first divider are two buttons to begin a screen recording – taking in the whole screen or just a portion of the action. These actions were previously only accessible in the macOS Grab utility.

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If you choose to capture a window, hover your mouse cursor over it: The window will be highlighted and your cursor will change to a camera. Simply click your mouse button to take the capture.

If you're capturing a selected portion of the screen, use the mouse cursor crosshairs to select the area you want to capture. When you take a screen recording, a button will appear in the menu bar for you to click when you're ready to end the recording.

You can click the rightmost button on the palette to reveal an additional menu of options for controlling other variables, like where you want your captures to be saved (Desktop, Documents, Clipboard, and so on) and whether to include a 5 or 10-second delay before the capture takes place, giving you time to get your screen in order.

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As you'd expect, unchecking the Show Mouse Pointer option ensures the mouse cursor doesn't appear in your capture. The Show Floating Thumbnail option takes a little more explaining.

When you take a screenshot or screen recording in Mojave, a floating thumbnail appears in the bottom corner of the screen, just like it does when you take a screenshot on an iOS device running iOS 11 or later.

Clicking on the thumbnail opens the capture in a window, which includes image Markup tools, or a clip trimming option in the case of recordings, as well as options to share the image/recording or delete it if it didn't turn out like you wanted.

If you're taking multiple screenshots in sequence, you probably won't want the floating thumbnail showing up in subsequent captures, which is why the option to turn it off exists.

Read additional tips on controlling the behavior of screenshots using keyboard shortcuts.

Article Link: How to Take a Screenshot on Your Mac
 
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Robert_123

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[doublepost=1530694117][/doublepost]Have Apple sorted out the frequent problem of recording sound in screen-shot movies that has required Soundflower in many apps? i.e. it records what is coming out of the speakers without a lot of mucking around...
 
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jayducharme

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Easier? I mapped that utility to two function keys years ago. I just tap the key and I’m done. Can’t get easier than that. The only frustration has been that getting a screen capture of a video often results in a grey box. So I’ve had to resort to third party apps in that case.
 
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H.Finch

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Can this also capture entire webpages as a screenshot? Or do I still need a plugin for that?
 
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aeronatis

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Is there a way to record the screen with the sound?

I can only record as a video without sound and wonder whether it is just me or it is how it already is.
 
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It’s too bad that there isn’t an option to save screenshots to the Photos app. I guess I’ll just have to keep using my AppleScript and folder actions setup in Mojave ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Hopefully they’ll add “Save to Photos” as an option in the future. That’d help streamline things a lot!
 
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Easier? I mapped that utility to two function keys years ago. I just tap the key and I’m done. Can’t get easier than that. The only frustration has been that getting a screen capture of a video often results in a grey box. So I’ve had to resort to third party apps in that case.
It’s only more difficult if you already know the key combos to take screenshots. The current key-combo-only screenshot method isn’t discoverable at all - you just have to know how to do it or look it up.

I’ll continue to use the key combos myself, but for new users, or users who don’t take screenshots often and forget the combos, this is a valuable feature.
 
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Guess I'll be importing the old Grap.app back into Mojave whenever it goes GM...so much easier to just use hotkeys and the selector....Apple please stop reinventing the wheel.
 
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Yes even I have the same question like a lot of others above ! Can it capture screen recording with a sound let's say if I am watching Netflix
 
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Meanwhile, on the right of the palette's first divider are two buttons to begin a screen recording - taking in the whole screen or just a portion of the action. These actions were previously only accessible in the macOS Grab utility.
Grab could never do video recording, only still images. QuickTime was previously the only built-in option for recording video of the screen.
 
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bluecoast

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I hope that Apple will make this more discoverable.

If it’s part of the finder I hope that we get an entry in one of its menus and a toolbar button.

If it’s system level hopefully we’ll get an entry somewhere in preferences to activate a menu bar item for it, or something.
 
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Nice addition, as Snapz X Pro hasn't been updated in years, other than the update to work with the current OS.
 
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SMGreenfield

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Are there any changes related to capturing MENUS? It has always been painful to capture the Menu name (in the menu bar), the full menu that drops down, AND any hierarchical menu popped out from the main menu — WITHOUT capturing any of the underlying background.
 
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Is there a way to record the screen with the sound?

I can only record as a video without sound and wonder whether it is just me or it is how it already is.

QuickTime Player does screen recordings, with sound. I use that daily. I'm surprised the author said that the Grab app does this. It does not.
 
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Will I finally be able to do screen captures (photos) from iTunes movies? (for a long time now trying to do it results in a blank .png file)
 
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augustya

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QuickTime Player does screen recordings, with sound. I use that daily. I'm surprised the author said that the Grab app does this. It does not.


A lot of guys here, have mentioned that they are using Quicktime for screen recording. Can any of you guys please share how do you exactly do that ? That would be great.
 
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aeronatis

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QuickTime Player does screen recordings, with sound. I use that daily. I'm surprised the author said that the Grab app does this. It does not.

Yes, I know, I just hoped that there was a way to record a selected portion of the screen with sound. I guess I will keep cropping after the recording. Thank you so much.
 
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