How to take screenshots and record your screen in macOS Mojave

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

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.

    Choose what you want to capture, Click area/window you want to capture

  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.

    Control-click screenshot in bottom-right, use contextual menu

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.

    Choose what to record, choose recording area if necessary

  4. Click Record on the screenshot and recording control bar.
  5. Press the Stop button in the Menu bar to stop the recording.

    Click Record, press Stop button when done

  6. Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on the recording that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  7. Use the contextual menu to choose where to save the screenshot, send it, show it in the Finder, delete it, or mark it up.

    Control-click recording, use contextual menu

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.

    Click Options, select 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.

    Click Options, choose Timer setting

How to show the mouse pointer 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 Pointer.

    Click Options, click Show Mouse Cursor

How to edit a screenshot in macOS Mojave

  1. Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on the screenshot that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen after taking a screenshot or screen recording.
  2. Click Markup.

    Control-click screenshot, 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 Done when you're finished.

    Use toolbar, click Done

How to edit a screen recording in macOS Mojave

  1. Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on the recording that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen after taking a screenshot or screen recording.
  2. Click Markup.

    Control-click recording, 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.

    Click trim button, grab hold points

  5. Click Done.

    Click Done

Questions?

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

Updated September 2018: Updated for the official release of macOS Mojave.

macOS

Main