Do You Know About Brand-New Way to Take Screenshots and Capture Screen Recordings In Mac?


The market of Apple Inc. is massive and keeps growing with time. More and more people are getting intrigued by Apple products regardless of the struggle of using a completely different OS. We all feel that the struggle is worth as Apple offers a unique user experience. But coming from using a Windows to iOS user is quite a task. Windows offer us the easiest possible way to take a screenshot by using the ‘Print Screen’ key on the keyboard. Whereas, Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro have nothing similar in this field. Luckily, there are a variety of ways available in Apple Mac to take screenshots. Today, we are going to learn about ways to take screenshots and capture screen recordings in Apple MacBook.

Mac customers will be able to take screenshots with ease thanks to the latest floating interface of macOS Mojave. Apple introduced new on-screen controls in Apple MacBook that offers quick access to the possibilities of taking screenshots and screen recordings. These on-screen controls make sharing and capturing the screenshots easy, without constantly memorizing the complex keyboard shortcuts.

Old Shortcuts

Before heading towards the new clutter-free screen capture features, I would like to cover the old and existing ways to take screenshots.

  1. Screenshot of the entire screen


Press Shift () + Command () + 3.

Doing this will capture a screenshot of the screen and the file will be saved as .png on the desktop.

  1. Screenshot of a selected portion


Press Shift () + Command () + 4.

Move the crosshair and select the area which you want to take a screenshot of. You can find the screenshot as a .png file on the desktop.


Introducing the new way

This is the new on-screen way to take screenshots and capture screen recordings. This quick access will let you take any type of screen recording or screenshot in an instant.

Press Shift () + Command () + 5.

The new screen capture interface will be invoked and it looks sleek too. This floating panel has many useful options which were hidden in the Grab and QuickTime Player.

Let’s go through these decent looking icons (from left to right)

X: closes the entire floating panel and asks if any changes should be saved or not.

Capture Entire Screen: takes a screenshot of the whole screen.

Capture Selected Window: takes a screenshot of a window.

Capture Selected Portion: takes a screenshot of the portion user selects.

Record Entire Screen: takes a video recording of the whole screen.

Record Selected Portion: records only the parts of the screen selected by the user.

Options: contains all the additional features like timer, showing mouse clicks/pointer, customizing the location of the saved screenshots and screen recordings and more.

Capture/Record: takes a screenshot or records the screen.

All these shortcuts can also be seen on the Touch Bar of Mac.

Another benefit of the latest floating interface is that it enables customizing the file right away. A thumbnail animates at the corner of the screen. You can click this thumbnail and bring tools for markup, trimming, sharing without saving the file and more.

Swiping away the thumbnail or waiting for it to disappear will save the file by default. The file will be saved as PNG and the screen recordings will be saved as QuickTime MOV files.


‘Options’ menu

As I already told you before, ‘Options’ menu offers so much more than just timer, sharing and changing the save location.


Save to

There are 7 options in this section. The user can pick and change the default location of saving the image by choosing one of these:

  1. Desktop
  2. Documents
  3. Clipboard
  4. Mail
  5. Messages
  6. Preview
  7. [Custom save location]



Mac timer enables the user to capture the screen at a decided time. The user can choose from:

  1. None
  2. 5 Seconds
  3. 10 Seconds


Microphone (video only)

This feature is only applicable to video recordings. The user can choose from:

  1. None
  2. Built-in Microphone
  3. [Connected Microphone]



This feature includes:

  1. Show Floating Thumbnail – it hides the previously taken thumbnail from being a part of another screenshot.
  2. Remember Last Selection – it applies all the previously made screen selections for the new screenshot.
  3. Show Mouse Pointer – screenshots don’t include mouse pointers but it can be changed by this option.
  4. Show Mouse Clicks (video only) – video recordings include mouse pointers and the user can show the mouse clicks too by this feature.

Wrapping it all up

If we compare the iOS 11’s overhauled screenshotting interface and the new workflow in macOS Mojave, it is considerably similar. People are calling this overlay a persistent one but there is no denying that it gives a quick access to all the features of the new screen-capturing capabilities. Handy on-screen buttons and a fully-fledged Options menu enables users to make the most out of the latest floating interface.

Now capture, trim and share without cluttering the desktop of your MacBook Pro with the latest streamlined workflow. What more could you ask for?

Feel free to drop your reviews. Let me know if you have other beneficial ways to complete the task.

That’s it for now!


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