Here’s how you can crop a screenshot on Mac

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So, do you want to know how to crop a screenshot on a Mac? If you want to take a screen grab of all your colleagues during an online meeting and crop out the annoying menu bar or remove some background from a screenshot, the good news is that there are multiple options available.

I'll show you how to take a screenshot and crop it using built-in options and trusted third-party tools. So let's get started straight away.

How to crop a screenshot on a Mac with the Photos app

When it comes to taking screenshots, the built-in Photos app is an excellent tool for managing images and carrying out basic photo editing on your MacBook. It's a great way to crop screenshots on a Mac; here's how:

How to crop a screenshot on a Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app from within Finder > Applications.

  2. Once open, from the top menu, select File > Import.

  3. Now locate the screenshot you want to crop and double-click it to import.

  4. Now open the screenshot from your Libary, press Edit top right and press Crop.

  5. Drag the proportions to the required size and press Done.

    The Photos app isn't the only built-in method; jump to the next tip for another way.

    Crop a screenshot on Mac with the Preview app

    Another easy option to crop a screenshot on a Mac is using the Preview app. The native Preview app will open by default when you double-click to open any image on your MacBook. Many people don't realize that you can also use this app to resize your screenshots; here's how:

    Crop a screenshot on Mac with the Preview app

    1. Open your screenshot by double-clicking it.

    2. From the top menu bar, select View > Show Markup Toolbar.

    3. Now click and drag on your screenshot to select the area you want to keep.

    4. The crop icon will now appear. Click it to crop the selection.

      If you frequently take screenshots, don't forget to delete them regularly; over time, they can build up and clutter your valuable storage space. I like to use the Space Lens module from CleanMyMac X to sort, manage and delete my undeeded screenshots. Here's how:

      Scan completed in Space lens module in CleanMyMacX

      1. Launch the application — download the free version here.

      2. Select Space Lens and press Scan.

      3. Once complete, you can see your storage map visualised.

      4. Go through the folders and select the unneeded screenshots.

      5. Click Remove.

      It's amazing what builds up over time, so this is a great way to get a birdseye view of all your system clutter. 

      How to crop images with online third-party tools

      There's more than one way to crop a screenshot on a Mac, and instead of using Apple's built-in applications, another option is to use a third-party tool.

      To save you time, I've done a round-up of some of the four of the best tools out there, so let's take a closer look.

      1. Skitch by Evernote

      How to crop images with online third-party tools
      Part of the Evernote family, Skitch is a clever multi-purpose, free editing tool that makes it easy to resize and crop screen captures, with loads of doodling capabilities and fun features, including image annotation and watermarking. You can download it from the app store here.

      2. Snagit

      Snagit is another useful capture tool; you can quickly grab clips during videos, presentations, and more. It's highly rated as a go-to snipping tool for screen capture, but the downside is that it isn't free, and at around €50 a license, it's on the pricy side compared to the great free options, but worth a mention.

      3. Markup Hero

      Another favorite is Markup Hero. It's free to use, no signup required, and it has a sleek interface that allows you to make easily editable screen captures with ease. Markup Hero has a free version and different pricing tiers depending on your needs.

      4. AirSketch

      AirSketch is fast and simple screen capture app alongside various annotation options. The free version provides everything you need for basic screen capturing and editing. It also has a pro version with an array of extra features, but this comes at a price.

      How to take a cropped screenshot on Mac

      Let's have a quick reminder of how to take a screenshot in the first place.

      Apple likes to give us multiple options, and with screenshots, there's more than one way too, but below is by far the easiest, fastest way. 

      Take a look at these helpful keyboard commands.

      • Whole screen screenshot: Shift-Command-3

      • Window or menu capture: Shift-Command-4-Space bar

      • Partial screen capture: Shift-Command-4

      With screenshots, another helpful tip is to manage where they get saved; by default, screenshots are automatically saved on your desktop. Here's how you can modify this:

      1. Press Command-Shift-5.

      2. From the bottom menu bar, select Options.

      3. Under Save To, select your preferred location or select Other Location to choose somewhere not listed.

      Whichever location you select, your Screenshots will automatically be saved there from now on.

      We've come to the end of this article! Now you know exactly how to crop a screenshot on a Mac and what some of the best tools for the job are. 

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