How to take screenshots in macOS Mojave

Screenshots and video screen capture have received some major improvements in macOS Mojave. Gone are the times when users had to remember keyboard shortcuts or use the clunky old Grab app to capture different types of screenshots, or use QuickTime to record their screen. The new Screenshot app in macOS Mojave makes it easy to capture a screenshot of an app, a portion of the screen or just the full display. It also supports screen recording and lets you record either the full screen or a selected portion of it.

The new Screenshot app replaces the old Grab app in macOS Applications > Utilities folder. The Grab was a useful utility for capturing screenshots and supported the following screenshot features:

  • Selection
  • Window
  • Screen
  • Timed screen

After capturing a screenshot, users could save it in either of the following formats: TIFF, JPEG or PNG.

Grab did not support video screen captures. For recordings, users had to rely on QuickTime, or third-party apps.

Capture screenshots in macOS Mojave

You can either press Command + Shift + 5 or search for the Screenshot app in Application > Utilities folder. The new app is basically a small tool that shows in an overlay on the screen.  The app does not have its own menu bar, but all the options are clearly laid out. If some button isn’t clear, you can mouse over and see its tooltip. Just like Grab, Screenshot supports the following screen capture methods:

  • Capture Entire Screen
  • Capture Selected Window
  • Capture Selected Portion
  • Record Entire Screen
  • Record Selected Portion

screenshot capture macos mojave

Along with the capture buttons, under Options, you can also change the location where the capture will automatically save, set a timer for 5 or 10 seconds, and enable/disable floating thumbnail (which shows after capture, similar to iOS), remember last selection and mouse pointer.

After capturing a screenshot, you get a thumbnail on the bottom right of the screen. This is a floating thumbnail which disappears in a few seconds. You can swipe it away but it will still save in the location that you have selected in Options. The default location is Desktop.

The thumbnail can be right clicked for further options, such as changing its save location, opening in different apps and opening the capture in finder. The capture can also be deleted and the thumbnail can clicked on to open in Markup tool. If you capture an image screenshots, the markup tool will look like this. This tool has almost all the same options that the Preview tool shows. You can edit your app, draw shapes on it, add text, use the lasso tool and do much more.

markup tool macOS Mojave

Video screen capture in macOS Mojave

For video recording, the tool shows a Record button the can be clicked to start the capture. The same ‘save to’, timer and other options apply to this mode, along with the addition of microphone capture. Unfortunately, you cannot capture audio without a microphone, which means that if you have some audio playing back from your speaker, it will not be part of your recording, unless you turn on a microphone.

microphone recording option macos mojave

After you have completed the video capture, click on the button in the menu bar to stop and save the recording.

Video recording button

If you click on the video thumbnail after the capture, it will open up in the mark up tool.

Video mark up after screenshot macOS Mojave

Clicking on the trim button in this review to clip the video and click done to save it.

Video trimming after screenshot macOS Mojave

That’s all you need to know to use the new Screenshot app in macOS Mojave!

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