How to Take a Screenshot with Cursor Included on Your Mac

How to Take a Screenshot with Cursor Included on Your Mac

If you happen to use the built-in functionality of taking screenshots on your Mac, you wI’ll have noticed that your screenshots do not include the cursor. While a cursor is not required to be included in all of the screenshots you take, sometimes they are required for a variety of reasons. If you would like the screenshots to have the cursor included in them, there is a way to do that. Using the Mac’s built-in utilities Preview and Grab, you can capture the screenshots with cursors in them on your Mac.

Here’s how you can go about doing that.

Taking a Screenshot with Cursor Using Preview

Preview is usually used for viewing image files on a Mac but it does provide the functionality of capturing screenshots.

1. Click on Launchpad in your dock, and search for and click on Preview.


2. When Preview launches, click on the “File” menu and select “Take Screenshot” followed by “From Entire Screen.”


3. The countdown for taking a screenshot will start, and during this time place the cursor where you want it to appear in the screenshot.

As soon as the timer is over, a screenshot will be captured and opened with the same Preview app.


4. If you think the screenshot was perfectly taken, you can save it by choosing “File” followed by “Save…,” and that should let you save the screenshot to be used at a later time.


When you see the screenshot, you will notice that it now has a cursor included in it.

Taking a Screenshot with Cursor Using Grab

While many say that Grab is an old-school app, it does the job of taking screenshots with a cursor perfectly.

1. Click on Launchpad in your dock, search for and click on Grab.


2. When Grab launches, click on the “Grab” menu followed by “Preferences…” to be taken to the System Preferences panel.


3. The following screen asks you to select what kind of cursor you would like to have in your screenshots taken with the Grab app. You have multiple cursor styles to choose from ranging from the simple cursor to the hand cursor.

Just click on the cursor you would like to have, and it will be selected. Exit the Preferences panel.


4. Click on the “Capture” menu followed by “Timed Screen” to take a timed screenshot.


5. You will get a dialog box that lets you start the timer for taking a screenshot. Click on “Start Timer” in that box.


6. The app should start the timer, and when it is done a screenshot will be captured.



If your work requires you to take screenshots with a cursor included, the above guide shows you two ways to get that done on your Mac.

Mahesh Makvana Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who's written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He's been into the field for last eight years and hasn't spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.

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  1. That’s really a great way. I have been searching for this online for windows and found a website that helped me a lot.

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