Is there an equivalent of Shift-Command-4 to select a specific window and then record all the mouse clicks and key strokes and action on that window only?

Having to select the area for recording with Quicktime or other tools is less elegant because it adds potentially unwanted screen around the target window.

Shift-Command-5 Choices

None of the choices from Shift-Command-5 (shown in the image) are what I am looking for.

I thought there might be an easter egg that is Shift-Command-4 but for screen capture video.

  • Is shift+command+5 sufficient for you?
    – X_841
    Commented Mar 20, 2022 at 15:27
  • @X_841 doesn't look like it records a window
    – minseong
    Commented Mar 20, 2022 at 23:36
  • Not any worse/better than shift+cmd+4. See my comment below
    – X_841
    Commented Mar 21, 2022 at 12:22

2 Answers 2


HT @X_841 - How to record the screen on your Mac

Use the screenshot toolbar - Use the screenshot toolbar

  • This allows you to select a part of the screen but not select a particular window like shift+command+4 does.
    – Vishal
    Commented Mar 21, 2022 at 3:18
  • Its nearly the identical interface if you select "record parts of the screen" in the bottom menu bar. You can just like with Shift+cmd+4 select the screen area you want to film, I dont really see the difference
    – X_841
    Commented Mar 21, 2022 at 12:22
  • There is a fine difference in recording one window precisely and one window and a bit of stuff around it. Professionally delivered videos don't have the bit of stuff around them and that's the experience I want to recreate.
    – Vishal
    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 0:48
  • go fullscreen and record that.
    – X_841
    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 10:39

Not possible for video capturing, just for screenshots with Shift-Command-5.

You can use OBS Studio, a free software with lots of more settings.

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