How-to-take-a-screenshot-on-a-Mac

screenshot on Mac are great for sharing moments from your favorite videos, high scores from your games, conversations on social networks like Twitter or Facebook, bugs you want to report, and almost anything and everything you see on your screen.

Best of all, capturing your screen is super simple to do, and we’re more than happy to show you how to do it!

Here are a number of different, straight-forward ways to screenshot on your Mac!

How-to-take-a-screenshot-on-a-Mac
How-to-take-a-screenshot-on-a-Mac

TAKING A SCREENSHOT USING KEYBOARD COMMANDS

              To capture the entire screen and save it to the clipboard, hit “Command” + “Shift” + “Control” + “3”

How to screenshot your entire screen

  1. Open all the apps and windows you want to include in your screenshot, and arrange them just exactly the way you want to see them saved.
  2. Press Command + Shift + 3 all at the same time.
  3. You’ll hear a camera click sound, and your screenshot will appear on your desktop in .PNG format, with the title Screen Shot [Date + Time].
  4. Double click on the screenshot to open and share it with PreviewRight click and choose Open With, or drag and drop it, to open and share it with another app.

               To capture a selected area and save it to the clipboard, hit “Command” + “Shift” + “Control” + “4”

How to screenshot part of your screen

  1. Set up all the apps and windows you want to screenshot, and arrange them exactly the way you want to see them saved.
  2. Press Command + Shift + 4 all at the same time.
  3. Place the new crosshair cursor at one corner of the area you want to capture (for example, top left), and click and hold.
  4. Drag the crosshairs to the opposite corner (for example, bottom right).
  5. The crosshairs give you a precise pixel count if you want a specific size (or even to measure). Hold down Option to change the lock point to the center of the area. Hold down Shift to lock all sides but the one in the direction you’re currently moving.
  6. When you’re happy with the area, *let go** of the mouse button or trackpad. Whatever is contained in the outline is what you’ll screenshot.
  7. You’ll hear a camera click sound, and your screenshot will appear on your desktop in .PNG format, with the title Screen Shot [Date + Time].
  8. Double click on the screenshot to open and share it with PreviewRight click and choose Open With, or drag and drop it, to open and share it with another app.

TAKING SCREENSHOTS WITH GRAB

Don’t feel like memorizing keyboard shortcuts? Grab is a program that comes pre-installed on all Macs and lets you create screenshots directly from the menu bar. The program also lets you take time-delayed screenshots, just in case you need to set the stage before capturing an image on your display. You’ll find this program in the “Utilities” folder, which is housed within the “Applications” folder.

Once you launch Grab, you’ll see an icon for the program in your dock. If you want, you can also pin this icon for quick access later.

Grab doesn’t usually feature a window when open, and instead, runs almost entirely from the menu bar.

With Grab, you can take a screenshot of a particular section of the screen, an individual window, or the entire screen — the same three options we previously outlined above. What’s new here is the “Timed screen” option, which gives you a 10-second delay before the screenshot is captured.

This means that, if you need to open a menu or position your mouse in the right position, you’ve got some time to do so. Keep in mind that your mouse cursor will not show up in the screenshot by default, though. If you want to ensure it’s captured in the frame, click “Preferences” from the main Grab menu and select the mouse icon from the resulting pop-up window.

The cursor will only show up when capturing delayed screenshots, which is just as well since you’ll need your mouse to take screenshots with the other options. We still think the keyboard shortcuts are a better way to capture screenshots, but if you don’t want to memorize anything, Grab is a great alternative.

How to screenshot a specific Mac App window

  1. Open the app and window you want to screenshot.
  2. Press Command + Shift + 4 all at the same time. Your cursor will turn into crosshairs.
  3. Press the Spacebar. Your cursor will turn into a camera.
  4. Place the camera cursor on top of the window you want to screenshot. The window will tint blue so you can make sure it’s the right one.
  5. Click to take the screenshot.
  6. You’ll hear a camera click sound, and your screenshot will appear on your desktop in .PNG format, with the title Screen Shot [Date + Time].
  7. Double click on the screenshot to open and share it with PreviewRight click and choose Open With, or drag and drop it, to open and share it with another app.
  8. You can also use this method to take a screenshot of a specific dropdown menu, although only the menu will be captured.

  TAKING AND SAVING MAC SCREENSHOTS

What happens once a screenshot is taken? Assuming you didn’t just send it to the clipboard, your Mac will automatically time stamp the screenshot with the day and time it was taken, before saving it as a PNG file to your desktop. This is handy for immediate reference, but if you’re taking many screenshots in a row, then your desktop will quickly become cluttered with files that sport odd names.

  1. The best solution is to simply move screenshots to the Trash whenever you’re finished with them. But if you work with numerous screenshots, this may get a little tiring. The good news is that there are modifications you can make via Terminal commands and third-party MacOS software. We talk about some of our favorites in our guide to the best MacOS apps.

    Take, for example, the Tiny for Mac app. The software will automatically rename your screenshot based on the foremost application window. If you’re using Safari or Chrome, it will also incorporate the URL and title of the active tab, if applicable. This can greatly help with organization if you’re juggling several images at the same time.

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