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How to Use macOS Mojave's New Screenshot Tools

Taking screenshots on a Mac used to require multiple keyboard shortcuts, one for each of the different — and equally helpful — types of recording your display. Thanks to macOS Mojave, though, that's all changed.

Now, you need to know just one shortcut to open a menu that contains all of the different functions. Better yet, there's an options menu for deciding where macOS saves its screenshots, and what these images show.

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Also, this new menu makes it easy to set a timer for your screenshots. If you just rolled your eyes at that feature, you've probably never tried to capture something on a screen that disappears as soon as you hit a key. It's an incredibly useful new feature that I'm super excited about, even if its usefulness is situational.

Furthermore, new screenshots appear in the bottom-right corner, just as they do on iOS. Here's everything you need to know to master screenshots in macOS Mojave:

1. Hit Command+Shift+5 to open the screenshot interface. 

2. The basic screenshot tool Capture Entire Screen is next to the X that closes the interface.

3. Click the Capture Selected Window button, and you'll get a screenshot of the next window you click. 

4. Click Capture Selected Portion and your cursor will turn into crosshairs, so you can click and drag your cursor to select a specific range. 

5. Click Record Entire Screen to start taking video of your whole screen.

6. Click the Stop button to end your recording.

 7. Click Record Selected Portion to get crosshairs (as in Step 4), but this time you'll capture video of that portion instead of a static screenshot.

8. Clicking Options brings up a series of preferences, including where you save your screenshots and clips.

You can also choose to open them directly in an app of your preference. Additionally, the menu lets you set a 5 or 10-second timer, or let your cursor and previous screenshots (which appear as thumbnails in the bottom-right) show up in your new screenshots.

Congrats! You've learned everything you need to know about taking screenshots in macOS Mojave.

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Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.