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mClips is an extremely easy to use screen shot capture utility. It sits quietly in your menu bar until you need it. A quick press of the customizable short cut key and you have a new screen shot. Store and organize them in the mClips library for quick and easy access. Instantly share them with others...  

Getting Started

mClips is a screen capture utility that allow you to capture images of the contents of your Mac desktop.  Different methods of capturing images are explained in the subsequent topics.  Our goal in creating mClips was to design a tool that is simple to use but yet powerful to meet all of your screen capture needs.  
mClips isn’t just about capturing screen clips. mClips will also help you organize the clips in the mClips library such that you can recall them later.  You can organize the clips by subject and perform detail searches. Clips can be renamed, moved between folders and also replicated between computers so they are always available.

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System Menu Icon

Once mClips is started, it creates an icon in your system menu bar.  You can access the features of the App by clicking on this icon and choosing options from the popup menu that will appear.  You can also access some of these features by pressing the hot key associated with the option.  These hot keys can be changed in the preferences screen.

Taking Screen Shots

mClips supports three screen capture methods for taking screen clips. These are:

Window Clips – you specify an open window by clicking on it and mClips will take an image of the window.  Choose "Clip Window..." from the system menu icon or press the Command-1 Hot Key.

If you have the option set to show the clip popup windows in preferences, the above window will open from which you can setup the new clip.  Press the clip button to start the clip and pick the window that you wish to capture.

Full Screen Clips – mClips will take an image of your desktop and all open/visible windows. Choose "Clip Screen..." from the system menu icon or press the Command-2 Hot Key.

If you have the option set to show the clip popup windows in preferences, the above window will open from which you can setup the new clip.  Press the clip button and a full screen capture will be performed of your entire desktop.

Region Selection Clips – mClips shows a rectangle selection tool and you can click and drag to specify a part of the screen to be used in the image. Choose "Clip Region..." from the system menu icon or press the Command-3 Hot Key.

If you have the option set to show the clip popup window in preferences, the above window will open from which you can setup the new clip.  Press the clip button to start the clip and then select the region of the screen that you wish to capture.

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By default, the Command-1, Command-2, and Command-3 hot keys are setup to execute these three capture options (you can change these in the preferences screen).  Additionally, when these short cut keys are pressed, a popup window appears from the main menu bar to allow you to specify additional options for each capture method.  These popup windows can be turned off in preferences so that the capture occurs right away.

Once a capture is performed, the recent clips popup window appears to show the new screen clip.  

Recent Clips

The recent clips popup appears immediately after a clip has been taken. This shows the latest set of clips that you have taken with the most recent being at the front of the list. You can drag the clip from the recent clips list or right click for additional options. This makes it handy for you to take immediate action on clips that you are working on.

You can open the the recent clips list at any time by pressing the shift-command-R hotkey. This can be changed in preferences.  Alternatively, you can click on the system menu icon and choose the “Recent Clips…” menu option.


Store and Organize in the mClips Library

All clips that you take are stored in a configurable location on your computer hard drive.  By default, these are stored in a location that is not easily accessible by you. This location has much to do with the requirements that Apple places on App developers and the rules for sandboxing applications. The good news is that you can change this location at any time via the preferences.

The mClips library is your tool to manage clips that you have taken. You can open the library using the default hot key of shift-command-L.  This can be changed in preferences. Alternatively, you can click on the system menu icon and choose “mClips Library…” menu option.


Once the library is open, you will see all of your clips. On the left side of the screen you can make selections on which clips you wish to see.  You can choose to filter the list by only showing the most recent clips or you can see all clips with a specific file extension type (PNG, JPG, etc.)  In addition, you can create folders that allow you to group collections of clips in any manner that you decide.  After you create a folder, you can drag clips into it.  Note that moving a clip into a custom folder, doesn’t remove it from the recent or type lists.

Note that you can right click on the recent, type and collection lists on the left side of the screen to take actions.  You can right click on a clip to take actions on the clip as well.  These right click actions can also be accessed by clicking on a collection or clip and then using the tool bar actions located at the top of the screen.

Search your mClips library by entering key words in the search field.  You can also order clips by picking a sort from the dropdown menu on the toolbar.

Sharing with Others

mClips make sharing clips with others really simply.  Right clip on a clip in your library and chose "Share...".  You will see popup window that opens the sharing menu. Pick the option from the list and the associated sharing setup will occur. It couldn't be easier..


Syncing Clips between Computers

A great feature of mClips is that you can synchronize the clips that you take between each of your computers running mClips.  There are a number of ways that this can be accomplished and how you set it up will depend on the file synchronization software that you are using. Basically, since you can locate the mClips capture folder any place on your Mac, all clips you take will be copied between your computers. mClips has been tested extensively with the following two solutions.  However, we expect other 3rd party apps would work was well.
  • Dropbox
  • iCloud Drive
These options all work pretty much the same way. Since they are already setup to synchronize files across your computers, you simply need to tell mClips to set the clips directory to a location that is recognized by one of these Apps.  This is done in the preferences screen.


mClips has a number of option that allow you to customize how the App operates.  These are described in the areas below:

To open the preferences screen you can either click on the preferences icon location on the mClips library toolbar or you can click on the system menu icon and choose the “Preferences…” menu option.

General Preferences

Most of these settings control how the app functions. These are pretty straightforward so only a few are called out below:


  • Clip Format – clips you take will be saved in the selected format
  • Show Popup on Start – mClips shows a popover on the system menu bar when the application starts.  If you no longer which to see this, uncheck this box.
  • Capture Window Shadows – when you take clips of full windows, you can elect to have the shadow included.  Turn this off if you don’t want the shadow included.
  • Copy Clips to Clipboard – when you take a clip, it will be copied to the clipboard if this option is checked.
  • Show Image Types in Library – you can elect to show or hide the TYPES section in the mClips library with this setting.
  • Number of Recent Clips – specifies the number of clips that are shown in the Recent Clips window.

Hot Key Preferences

Use the settings on this preference pane to setup Hot Key preferences:


To change a default hot key for one of mClips actions, you use the Hot Key Preferences screen.  Click in the text field for the hot key that you want to change and press the new key combination.  The hot key will be set and saved.

If you wish to bypass the hot key clip options panel when one of the three clip hot keys is pressed, deselect the check box to the right of these options.  When you do this, the clip will be taken and the option set in the “General Preferences” section will be used for the new clip. 

Advanced Preferences

Use the settings on this preference pane to setup Advanced functions for mClips:


The advanced section of the preferences screen allows you to change the file system location at which mClips saves the clips that you take.  This can be any location on your computer’s hard drive.  As discussed in the Syncing Clips section above, this can also be set to a location that is replicated by Apps like Dropbox or iCloud Drive.  Click on camera folder icon and you will be prompted to choose a new location.  Note that if you have clips already stored in the existing location, you will be asked if you wish to have these clips copied to the newly selected location.

mClips also allows you to select how the App appears in the Dock and Menu Bar. By default, mClips appears in both. If you wish to have it only appear in the Menu bar, select the “System Menu Bar” option. Note that this change requires that you close and restart mClips.