How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac
If you are currently switching from Windows to Mac, you may be thinking of how to take screenshots in Apple’s operating system. Unfortunately, there are different ways to screenshot on a Mac. You can capture all of your screen – the equivalent of a Print Screen on a PC – or you can capture just a part of it with a few keystrokes. This article explains both ways.
How to Take a Print Screen-Style Screenshot on Mac
In macOS, you can take a screenshot using the Shift-Command-3 keys in combination. Screenshots are saved on your Mac’s desktop in PNG format by default. If there are additional displays connected to your Mac, these screens will be captured simultaneously as separate individual images.
How to Capture a Selection of the Screen on Mac
You can use the Shift-Command-4 key combination to capture part of the screen. It changes the cursor into a crosshair selection tool that you can drag out with a left-click to select what you aim to capture. Let go of the trackpad on a Mac notebook or leave the mouse button to take the shot.
If you’re willing to capture the contents of a specific window displayed on your desktop, hover the cursor over the window in question and tap the spacebar. The crosshair will change into a camera, and the window will change a shade of blue. Then, click the left mouse button or the trackpad to take the shot.
Tip: If you tack the Control key onto either of the shortcuts described above, macOS copies the captured image to the clipboard, which is useful if you want to paste it into an application that can view or edit photos. Otherwise, screenshots taken using key shortcuts are saved straight to your desktop.
In addition, Apple also provides a screen capture interface in macOS Mojave. Later, that unifies Mac’s screenshot and screen recording features, making accessing them easier from one place. You can launch it using the Shift-Command-5 keyboard combination.
In addition, Apple macOS Mojave also provides a screen capture interface that unifies the screenshot and screen recording features on Mac, making accessing them easier from one place. You can launch it using the Shift-Command-5 keyboard combination.
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