How to Take, Highlight and Annotate a Screenshot on Mac

Screenshots are a better way to explain what you are facing or doing in an app. It can also be used to share information or take common notes. Most iOS users take screenshots on their iPhones, iPads, and Macs. If you want to take a screenshot and highlight it on your Macbook, this article will guide you. First, let’s see how to take a screenshot and highlight it on a Mac.

How to take a screenshot on Mac:

There are two options to take a screenshot on Mac. You can either take a screenshot of the full screen or a particular area of the screen.

How to Capture Fullscreen on Mac:

Taking a screenshot on a Mac is simple. You need to press Command+Shift+3 on your keyboard simultaneously, and then the Screenshot will be captured. This will capture the full screen, and it automatically saves to your desktop.

How to Capture particular area on Mac:

If you want to capture only a particular area of the screen on Mac, then you need to press Command+Shift+4 on your keyboard simultaneously. And your mouse pointer will convert into a +(Crosshair). Now, Click and drag your mouse over the area you want to capture, and once done, you need to leave the mouse button. You can see the Screenshot of the area you just captured being saved on the bottom right corner of the screen.

How to highlight a screenshot on Mac:

Now you know how to take a screenshot on a Macbook. Suppose you want to highlight a certain part of the Screenshot to draw attention. It can be an arrow or a box that makes it easy for the other user to see what he/she is supposed to be looking at. To highlight certain parts, follow the below steps:

  • After taking a screenshot, click on the Screenshot that is being saved in the bottom right corner of the screen to open it in the preview. Once the Preview editor is open, Click on the shapes tool.
  • Choose the bottom left rectangle box from the drop-down menu for highlighting.
  • After choosing the rectangle box from the drop-down menu, a rectangular selection will appear on the screen with adjusting handles on the corners and sides.
  • By dragging the corners and sides of the rectangular box, select the area you want to highlight in the Screenshot. Then click on Done.
  • After clicking the Done option, a screenshot with the highlighted part will be saved on the desktop.

How to Annotating a screenshot on Mac:

Annotating a Screenshot on Mac is as simple as highlighting one. The primary use of annotation is common in notes, emails, and daily productive uses. Let’s check the below steps for annotating a screenshot on Mac:

  • After taking a screenshot, it appears on the bottom right corner of the screen. Click on it to open it in the preview editor.
  • Once the preview editor is opened, click on the shapes icon. A drop-down menu will open with all available shapes for annotating on the Screenshot.
  • Select any shape as per your need. For example, now we will select an arrow.
  • The selected arrow will appear in the middle of the Screenshot. With the help of the three dots, you can increase the size and point it in the desired direction.
  • You can customize the arrow by changing its size, shape, and border color from the preview editor tool.
  • After customizing it, click on Done to save the Screenshot. And now, you can share the annotated Screenshot whenever and wherever you want.


This article helped you in getting the detailed information. Now, you must know how to take and highlight a screenshot on a Mac.

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