Take screenshots with the mouse cursor on a Mac

Compared to other operating systems, macOS includes a simple but powerful tool for taking screenshots. Whether you want to take photos or videos from your computer screen, the built-in screenshot app meets your needs. However, its default settings do not include a mouse cursor when taking a screenshot. If this feature is important to you, learn how to take screenshots with your Mac’s mouse cursor.

Take screenshots through the preview application

You may be surprised that Preview is not just used to display images. It also comes with a screenshot feature (which may also include a mouse cursor). Here’s what you need to do.

1. Launch the preview application on your Mac. You can use Order + Space shortcut key to start Spotlight search and type Preview to open the application.

2. When you start the preview, click the File menu and select Take Screenshot. An option will appear where you need to click “Full Screen”.

3. The countdown starts now, giving you enough time to place the cursor where you want it. Wait for the countdown to finish, which will open a new screenshot in the preview application so you can check the result.

4. Before you can share your new screenshot, you must save it to your computer. Go to “File -> Save” or use Order + S hotkey. A new window will open, allowing you to add a name, tags, and location, and choose a new screenshot format. When you’re done, click the Save button to save the image to your computer.

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Take screenshots through the screenshot app

The recently revamped screenshot app (available on macOS Big Sur) provides an even easier way to take screenshots with the mouse pointer visible.

1. Launch the Screen Capture application. It is located in the Applications -> Utilities folder, but you can also press Change + Order + 5 launch it. Alternatively, you can press Order + Space, type “Screenshot” and press Enter.

2. This should lead to a translucent menu bar at the bottom of the screen. This indicates that the Screen Capture application is active.

3. Before you start taking screenshots, you must first prompt the application to hide the mouse cursor. Click Settings and a menu will appear. Be sure to select “Show mouse pointer”. A small check box should appear on the left.

4. You are then free to take screenshots. For best results, we recommend that you take a screenshot of the entire screen by clicking the first icon on the left. However, you can also speed up this process by pressing Order + Change + 3. That’s it!

Observe: If you increase the size of the mouse pointer using the accessibility feature in macOS, this option is not available in screenshots. We’re not sure if this is a bug or how MacOS Big Sur should work, but we hope this will be fixed in the future. In the meantime, you can try your luck using the third-party screenshot app for macOS.

Stop

Now that you’ve learned to take screenshots that include a mouse pointer on your Mac, we recommend a few resources for you. First, how to change the default location to save screenshots to your Mac, converting the screenshot file format to JPG.

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