System Software Overview:

  System Version:   macOS 10.13.6 (17G3025)
  Kernel Version:   Darwin 17.7.0

I would like to capture only the content of a window, without the menu. In other words, I would like to capture this:

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instead than this:

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I can use Cmd+Ctrl+Shift+4 and then resize the capture area to just the contents of the window, but that's not very convenient...isn't there a shortcut which doesn't involve selecting areas with the mouse?

1 Answer 1


I'm not sure how convenient this would be for your workflow...

  • Switch to fullscreen.

  • From the View menu, uncheck "Always show toolbar in full screen"

  • Use Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 4 then tap the spacebar & click in the window
    This will [as always] take a snap of the entire window - but in this case it will leave out the toolbar entirely.
    Scrollbars will hide or show depending on your setting in System Prefs > General

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  • hmmm...good idea, forcing the window to be fullscreen sometimes makes the resulting image too small to be readable. Let's see if someone else has an alternative idea.
    – DeltaIV
    Nov 8, 2018 at 11:10
  • How does it make it too small?... it's the size of your screen. Any bigger & it wouldn't fit.. the image I posted, btw, was resized before upload; the original is 2560x1440
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 8, 2018 at 11:34
  • There's a misunderstanding here: I mean that, if I have to enlarge the window to fullscreen before capturing the screen, then the result image is very large with respect to the characters (but still readable, because I have a high resolution monitor). However, I then have to resize the image to a smaller size if I want to put it in a document or an email, and at this point, the characters become quite small. Anyway, even if it's not ideal, this procedure answers my question, thus I'm accepting it.
    – DeltaIV
    Nov 8, 2018 at 22:42

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