Get to Know ScreenFloat 2 – Part II: Take Screenshots and Record your Screen

Let’s take a tour through ScreenFloat and see how it can power up your screenshots, too.

ScreenFloat powers up your screenshots by allowing you to take screenshots and recordings that float above everything else, keeping certain information always in sight. Its Shots Browser stores your shots and helps you organize, name, tag, rate, favorite and find them. Everything syncs across your Macs.
Extract, view and copy detected text, faces and barcodes. Edit, annotate, markup and redact your shots effortlessly and non-destructively. Pick colors any time. And more.

Posts in this Series

Part IAn Overview
Part IITake Screenshots and Record your Screen
Part IIIFloating Shots, Color Picker, Visibility
Part IVThe Shots Browser, Exporting, Printing
Part VEditing, Markup, Annotations
Part VIFloating Shots’ Double-Click Workflows
Part VIIiCloud Sync, Tags Browser, Spotlight
Part VIIIShortcuts and Widgets

Part II – Take Screenshots and Recording your Screen

At the heart of ScreenFloat are its screen capturing abilities. Read on to learn how to take screenshots, take screenshots with a timer, and record your screen.

Table of Contents

Capturing Screenshots and Recordings
Timed Screenshots

With ScreenFloat, you can take screenshots (by default, ⌘ ⇧ 2), capture recordings (by default, ⌥ ⇧ 2), and take timed screenshots (by default, ^ ⇧ 2).

While the keyboard shortcuts are very handy, you can also start captures from ScreenFloat’s menu bar icon:

Or you can do this:
– option (⌥) – click onto ScreenFloat’s menu bar icon to take a screenshot
– option (⌥) – shift (⇧) – click onto ScreenFloat’s menu bar icon to start a screen recording
– option (⌥) – click onto ScreenFloat’s menu bar and then drag away to set up a timer for your screenshot between 3 and 15 seconds

Capturing Screenshots and Recordings

Press ⌘ ⇧ 2 to take a selective screenshot, or ⌥ ⇧ 2 to start a selective screen recording (selective meaning you can select the portion of the screen you’d like to capture).

ScreenFloat uses macOS’ built-in screen capturing capabilities, which means you can make use of the following tricks:

Holding down the option (⌥) key while dragging the selection rectangle to select an area around a center point
Hold down the space bar while dragging the selection rectangle to move it around
Hold down the shift (⇧) key to only change one side of your selection rectangle
Press the space bar once after starting the capture to select windows

Once you capture a shot by releasing the mouse button, the floating shot will appear.

If you’ve ever come across some text that you couldn’t select and copy for some reason or another, here’s a neat trick: Hold down ^ ⌘ when releasing the mouse button, and any contained text will be copied to your clipboard right away.


When recording your screen (by default, ⌥ ⇧ 2), you have the option to also record audio along with it: your microphone’s input (what you say), and your computer’s output (what you hear). You can also highlight mouse clicks in your video.

You can stop your recording by pressing the keyboard shortcut again, or by using the menu bar icon.
Audio can be removed from recordings at any time.

Easily extract still images from your video shots with a right-click.

Timed Screenshots

In addition to screenshots and screen recordings, you can also take timed screenshots, where the selected area will be captured after a countdown. Press ^ ⇧ 2 to start the countdown, and press it again to cancel it if you change your mind.


Sometimes you’ll want to re-frame a shot slightly, or just record the same area again.
It’s easily done with ScreenFloat. Just press and hold any of the capture keyboard shortcuts, and you’ll be able to re-frame the previously selected area.

Press-and-hold any “capture” keyboard shortcut to re-capture the previously selected area

Up Next

The next part of this series – Part III: Floating Shots, Color Picker, Visibility – takes a detailed look at all the advantages that floating shots have. Definitely take a look, there’s a lot of neat stuff there!


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Thank you for your time. I do hope you enjoy ScreenFloat!