How to take screenshots and record your screen in macOS Mojave

Apple announced new tools for taking screenshots in macOS 10.14 Mojave. Additionally, thanks to these simplified tools, the process of recording video of your screen will be easier as well. No longer relegated to the QuickTime Player, screen recording can be found in the new screenshot toolbar.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Here's what you need to know about taking screenshots in macOS Mojave.

How to take a screenshot on macOS Mojave

  1. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to bring up the screenshot toolbar.
  2. Click on one of the following: Capture Entire Screen, Capture Selected Windows, or Capture Selected Portion to capture exactly what you want. Selecting Capture Entire Screen will take a screenshot immediately unless you set a timer.
  3. Click on your window or select your screen portion if you chose to capture something other than your whole screen. Your screenshot will be taken as soon as the selection is made.
  4. Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on the screenshot appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  5. Use the contextual menu to choose where to save the screenshot, send it, show it in the Finder, delete it, or mark it up.

How to record your screen on macOS Mojave

Screen recording is a lot simpler in macOS Mojave. You no longer have to rely on QuickTime in order to record screens. Instead, you just bring up the same toolbar as you do for screenshots.

  1. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to bring up the screenshot toolbar.
  2. Click either Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion. Your recording will begin immediately if you select Record Entire Screen.
  3. Select the portion of the screen you wish to record if you're only recording a part of it. Your recording will begin immediately after your selection is made.
  4. Press the Stop button in the Menu bar to stop the recording.
  5. Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on the recording that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  6. Use the contextual menu to choose where to save the screenshot, send it, show it in the Finder, delete it, or mark it up.

How to choose a save location for screenshots and screen recordings on macOS Mojave

Although you can choose from a limited set of locations to save your screenshots and recordings after you make them, you can also pre-select a destination beforehand.

  1. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to bring up the screenshot toolbar.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Select Desktop, Documents, Clipboard, Mail, Messages, or Preview under Save to to set a save location.

How to set a timer for screenshots and screen recordings on macOS Mojave

  1. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to bring up the screenshot toolbar.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Select None, 5 Seconds, or 10 Seconds under Timer to set a timer.

How to show the mouse cursor in screenshots in macOS Mojave

  1. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to bring up the screenshot toolbar.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Show Mouse Cursor.

How to edit a screenshot in macOS Mojave

  1. Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on the shot or recording that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen after taking a screenshot or screen recording.
  2. Click Markup.
  3. Use the toolbar to draw or write, highlight, add shapes, insert text or a signature, rotate, or select text styles using the toolbar at the top of the Quick Look window.
  4. Click Save when you're finished.

How to edit a screen recording in macOS Mojave

  1. Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on the shot or recording that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen after taking a screenshot or screen recording.
  2. Click Markup.
  3. Click the trim button close to the top-right corner of the Quick Look window.
  4. Grab the hold points at either end of the recording's timeline, and adjust their position to change the length of the recording.
  5. Click Done.
  6. Click Save.

Questions?

If you have any questions about taking screenshots or making screen recordings in macOS Mojave, ask away in the comments.

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