How to take a Screenshot and Record Screen in macOS Mojave

While the option to take a screenshot and recoding video of your screen was available with macOS from some time, starting with macOS Mojave, Apple has added new featured to both of these, and the process of video recording is no longer dependent on the QuickTime Player. In this guide, we will share How to take a Screenshot and Record Screen in macOS Mojave.

How to take a Screenshot and Record Screen in macOS Mojave

What you should know about this on first hand is both of these tools have been merged together.

macOS Mojave Screen Recording

  • How to take a screenshot on macOS Mojave
    • Capture Entire Screen, Selected Windows or Selected Portion
    • Choose a save location for the screenshot
    • Edit a screenshot
    • Hide or Show the mouse pointer in screenshots
    • Set a timer for screenshots
  • How to Record Screen in macOS Mojave
    • Capture Entire Screen, Selected Windows or Selected Portion
    • Choose a save location for the recorded videos
    • Edit a screen recording
    • Set a timer for screen recording

How to take a screenshot on macOS Mojave

While Command + Shift + 3 (full-screen screenshot), and Command + Shift + 4(selective screesnhot) had been used till now, when you hit Command + Shift + 5, you get a new screenshot toolbar.

You have three small windows right next to each other. First one captures an entire screenshot, while second captures selected windows, and the last one captures whatever you have selected using selection box. You can change the selection box as per your need.

How to choose a save location for screenshots on macOS Mojave

Every time a screenshot is taken, it stays for a while on the bottom-right corner. You can drag and drop it to any app on your macOS or tap on it to open it in the preview.

You can also right-click on the screen and choose to save to Desktop, Documents or just save it to the clipboard. To change the location permanently:

  • Launch the screenshot toolbar.
  • Click on Options
  • Select save to Location which can be Desktop or Documents or Clipboard or Mail or Messages or Preview or choose a location of your choice.

Other options in the context menu i.e. when you right click on the screenshot, include open in the mail, messages, preview, photos, delete, use markup tool, show in finder, and delete.

Hide or Show the mouse pointer in screenshots on macOS Mojave

If you want to show mouse pointer in your screenshot then it can be enabled from the toolbar. Press Command + Shift + 5 > Options > Select Show Mouse pointer. Unselect to hide it.

Set a timer for screenshots on macOS Mojave

Sometimes you need to perform a set of steps to reach the point where the screenshot is to be taken. It has to be automatic, and this is where the timer comes in. Press Command + Shift + 5 > Options > Select timer as 5 seconds or 10 seconds. The best part is you can set this as default if your need is such.

How to Edit a Screenshot on macOS Mojave

There are two ways to edit a screenshot. First, launch the screenshot in Preview or Markup mode when it appears on bottom-right using the context menu. Second, you can open it from the saved location in preview mode, and then edit using the available tools.

How to record your screen on macOS Mojave

Now that we know that the toolbar we used for taking a screenshot can also be used to record screen. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to bring up the screenshot toolbar. Then select either the window with a small circle at the corner to Record Entire Screen or to Record Selected Portion uses the dotted with a circle at the bottom corner.

Post selection hit the record button to begin recording. Once you are complete, press the Stop button in the Menu bar to stop the recording.

Note: If you wish to use a microphone while screen recording, enable that from the Options menu of the toolbar.

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

Similar to the screenshot, once you finish your recording, you can right-click on the floating window on bottom-right and right-click to choose a location. To set a default location for recording, re-launch the recording tool, and select for options. The default location for saving screenshot and recording will always be the same unless you specifically choose to save it somewhere else.

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.

How to set a timer for screen recordings on macOS Mojave

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

How to edit a screen recording in macOS Mojave

While it’s as good as editing a video using the Markup tool. You can instantly start editing the screen recording by clicking on it to open in the markup tool. This lets you trim the video by selecting the endpoints of either side. Adjust their positions, and then save it. You can also choose to delete and share the recording from there.

That said, Apple has done an excellent job combining both of these tools together. What do you think of it? Is it easy to take a Screenshot and Record Screen in macOS Mojave?

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