23 January 2024

How to Capture Your Mouse Pointer in a Screenshot

By Ronald Smith

[Only for Mac Users] Have you ever wanted to include your mouse cursor in a screenshot but couldn’t figure out how? If you haven’t noticed, whether you’re using a Mac or PC, whenever you take a screenshot, your mouse cursor doesn’t show up. Give it a try.

If you really need the cursor in your screenshot, some of us may resort to editing the cursor in, but that can be a bit of a hassle. Why not just have the cursor captured along with the screenshot?

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use a handy tool on your Mac called ‘Grab’ to add your mouse cursor to the screenshot, without having to install any extra applications or edit your photo. It’s a built-in screenshot utility.

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First off, there are keyboard shortcuts specifically designed for taking screenshots on both Windows and macOS. These shortcuts make the process super easy and efficient. No need to fumble around with multiple steps or complicated commands.

If you’re an Android user, you might be wondering about screen recording apps. Well, I’ve got 9 awesome Android screen recording apps for you to explore. These apps allow you to easily record your screen and capture those important moments.

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Now, let’s switch gears and talk about macOS. Did you know you can change the screenshot file format on macOS? It’s true! With just a few simple steps, you can customize the file format to your liking.

Lastly, I want to mention some awesome screen capturing browser extensions. These handy tools make it even easier to capture screenshots directly from your browser. No need to open a separate program or application. Just install the extension and you’re good to go.

If you’re ready to dive into the world of screenshotting, let me show you how to get started with ‘Grab’. Simply head to your Applications folder, then navigate to Utilities. Look for ‘Grab’ and launch it. Once you’re in the application, click on ‘Preferences’ to customize your mouse pointer.

Now you’re all set to start taking screenshots like a pro. Happy screen capturing!

How to Capture Your Mouse Pointer in a Screenshot

Step 2: Choose Your Mouse Pointer

When you click on ‘Preferences’, a magical window appears before you. Behold, a collection of pointer types, each one waiting to be summoned by your clicking finger. It’s like having a whole arsenal of pointers at your disposal, ready to assist you in your screenshot-taking endeavors. You have the power to choose your favorite pointer type, one that resonates with your inner screenshot warrior. So go forth, brave adventurer, and select the pointer that speaks to you!

How to Capture Your Mouse Pointer in a Screenshot

Make sure you enable the sound so you can hear the cool sound effect when you take a screenshot.

Step 3: Choose a Capture Style

Now that you’ve selected the mouse pointer, go to the ‘Capture’ tab and click on either ‘Screen’ or ‘Timed Screen’. These options are the best for capturing the mouse cursor in your screenshot.

How to Capture Your Mouse Pointer in a Screenshot

When you choose ‘Screen,’ a new window will pop up to help you with capturing what’s on your screen. To start the capture, simply click anywhere on your screen.

Don’t worry, the guide window won’t show up in your screenshot. Your mouse pointer will still be visible, just like you selected earlier. [Here’s an example image to help you visualize:](/wp-content/uploads/how-include-mouse-6f13a50.jpg)

If you choose ‘Timed Screen,’ another guide window will appear. You’ll have 10 seconds to get ready and position your mouse pointer where you want it. Click on ‘Start Timer’ and move your cursor to the desired spot within 10 seconds. [Here’s an image to give you an idea of what it looks like:](/wp-content/uploads/how-include-mouse-713dd29.jpg)

That’s all there is to it! You’re now ready to take your screenshot and capture your screen.

When you take a screenshot with Grab, a magical thing happens! A brand new window pops up, revealing a snapshot of your accomplishment. It’s like a magical photo that captures the moment when you made it happen!

How to Capture Your Mouse Pointer in a Screenshot

To save the image, simply click on ‘File’ and ‘Save’. It’s important to note that the file will be saved in the ‘.TIFF’ format.

If you prefer to copy the image and save it elsewhere, just click on ‘Edit’, then ‘Copy’, and paste it wherever you like.

In Conclusion

Taking a screenshot has never been easier. Gone are the days of hunting down that elusive mouse cursor. Now, without needing to install any extra software, you can capture your entire screen, cursor included, in a perfect screenshot.