How to Take a Screenshot of the Specific Area on Your Screen

How to Take a Screenshot of the Specific Area on Your Screen

Selena Thomas

July 09, 2020 12:58Posted by to Screenshot

A screenshot is an image taken of whatever’s on your screen, and now plays an increasingly important part in our daily life. Whether you’re Windows or Mac user, it is quite easy to take a screenshot of your screen. For Window, you just press PrintScrn button; and for Mac, press Shift +Command + 3. However, the common way cannot capture a certain portion of your screen. To solve this problem, we will give you multiple easy ways to screenshot part of the screen on your Windows and Mac in this post.

Capture Part of Screen

Part 1. Best Way to Screenshot Part of Screen on Windows/Mac

There are a handful of ways to screenshot a specific area of the screen based on the operating system, but it is hard to master these ways. To capture a screenshots of part of screen quickly, a reliable screen capture tool that works great in both Windows and Mac is necessary. Blu-ray Master Screen Recorder is exactly the one that enables you to print screen selection easily on both Windows and Mac for free. When you finish taking screenshots, you can pin to screen, edit and save the image to your computer effortlessly.


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Step 1 Launch the screen capturing software on your computer. On the main interface, select the Screen Capture mode, which is totally free to use.

Screenshot Part of Screen

Step 2 Drag the cross-arrow to select the specific area of the screen you want to capture. Then, release your mouse to capture the screenshot. After that, you can edit it by drawing a line, adding a shape, typing text, etc. In the end, click the Save icon to save the image on your computer.

Edit Save Screenshot on Computer

Apart from taking screenshots of the screen, you can also use it to capture gameplay, grab streaming music, and more.

Part 2. How to Capture a Screenshot of a Specific Part of Screen on Windows

In this part, I’ll show you two easy ways to take a screenshot of portion of screen on Windows.

Option 1. Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is a built-in screen capture tool in Windows. Its default snip type is a rectangular snip, but you can also use it to take free-form, full-screen, as well as window snips. Note that the Snipping Tool will not save your screenshots automatically. You need to save them in the tool manually. Here’s how to do:

Step 1 Type snipping tool into the search bar and select Snipping Tool.

Search Snipping Tool

Step 2 Then, a window will appear where you are prompted to select a snip type. You can choose from one of four types of snip: Free-form, Rectangular, Window, and Full-screen. By default, the snip type is Rectangular Snip, so you just click the New button to start capturing a specific section of your screen.


Step 3 Click and drag the cursor to select the area of the screen you want to capture. Then, release the cursor once you've selected the specific part.

Capture Part of Screen

Step 4 Your screenshot is open in Snipping Tool. You can quickly edit your screenshot and save it directly.

Edit Screenshot

Option 2. Windows + Shift + S (Only Works in Windows 10’s Creators Update)

To print screen selection, another way is to press Windows + Shift + S, which only works in Windows 10’s Creators Update.

Step 1 Press Windows + Shift + S. Then, the screen will gray out and the mouse cursor will change.

Step 2 Click and drag the cursor on your screen to select the section of your screen you want to capture. Then, release the cursor and a screenshot of part of screen you selected will be copied to your clipboard. You can paste it in any application by selecting Edit > Paste or pressing Ctrl + V.

Capture Part of Screen Win10

Part 3. How to Capture a Screenshot of a Specific Part of Screen on Mac

Mac also offers a built-in option that works great for capturing a portion of the screen. You can capture a portion of the screen on Mac just by pressing Shift + Command + 4.

Step 1 Press and hold Shift + Command + 4 keys together.

Step 2 Drag the crosshair to select the part of the screen you want to capture. To move the selection, press and hold Space bar while dragging. To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc key.

Step 3 Release your mouse or trackpad button to take the screenshot. Then, the screenshot will be saved to your desktop.

Screenshot Portion Mac

Part 4. FAQs of Screenshotting Part of Screen

1. How do I take a screenshot of one active window in Windows?

To take the screenshot of the active window, press Alt + PrntScr. And you can copy it to your clipboard.

2. How to take a screenshot of entire screen in Windows?

For capturing an entire screen, press Win + PrntScr.

3. How to manage screenshots in Windows 8.1?

All of your saved screenshots are located in the default folder: C:/Users[your-user-name]/My Pictures/Screenshots. You just navigate to the above folder to manage your screenshots.

4. Can I change the folder where my Mac saves screenshots?

You can change where your Mac saves these screenshots. You could let your Mac save screenshots directly to a Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive folder.

Above are the ways to screenshot a specific area of your screen. Which one you choose depends on what your operation system is and what your needs are.

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