How To Take A Screenshot On A Mac

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Learning how to take a screenshot on a Mac is a helpful skill that will come in handy at some point in time. It’s a quick and easy process that allows you to capture an open window, the entire screen, or just a section of the screen. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use Apple’s Screenshot tool to its maximum potential. You’ll be taking screenshots like a computer genius before you know it.

Screenshot tools for Mac have always been simple to use but basic. You could capture almost anything if you knew the right keyboard shortcuts. Since the release of Mojave, macOS has included a built-in screenshot tool, similar to what you’d find in Windows, that allows you to grab screenshots with a single click.

To access the screenshot tool, go to Launchpad > Other > Screenshot or press Shift + Command + 5 on your keyboard. You can grab the entire screen, a specific window, or a specific screen area using the floating toolbar. You can also record a video of the whole screen or a specific area of it. Here’s how to take a screenshot of what’s on your computer screen. 

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac: Screenshot the Entire Screen

How To Take A Screenshot On A Mac
How To Take A Screenshot On A Mac

Click the Capture Entire Screen button in the screenshot toolbar, then press Capture to capture a screenshot of the entire screen. Alternatively, use the Shift+Command+3 keyboard shortcut to quickly capture a screenshot.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac: Screenshot Custom Selection

How To Take A Screenshot On A Mac

Use the Capture Selected Window button on the toolbar, or press Shift + Command + 4, and your pointer will change to a cross-hair, to capture a selected section of your screen.

Drag the crosshair to cover the area you want to capture by clicking and dragging it. Press the Esc key to cancel or let go to capture the selected area. Before capturing an image, you can change the shape, size, and position of the selected area by holding down the Shift, Option, or Space Bar.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac: Screenshot a Window or Menu

How To Take A Screenshot On A Mac
How To Take A Screenshot On A Mac

Press Shift + Command + 5 and select the Capture Selected Window option in the toolbar to take a screenshot of a specific window or menu. The pointer will be replaced by a camera icon. To save an image, move the camera over a window to highlight it, then click. By clicking the space bar, you may choose between capturing a custom selection and capturing a specific menu.

How to Record Video on a Mac

How To Take A Screenshot On A Mac

By pressing Shift + Command + 5 and then selecting Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion, you can record a video. When everything is ready, click Record to start the recording. To stop the recording and save the MOV file, click the Stop icon in the macOS menu bar.

Change Where Your Mac Screenshots Are Saved

Screenshots are saved to your desktop by default, but you can change that. Shift + Command + 5 or Launchpad > Other > Screenshot will bring up the screenshot tool.

Select a new default destination for saving—Desktop, Documents, Clipboard, Mail, Messages, or Preview—by going to Options > Save to. Click Other Location to choose a specific folder.

Instead of saving screenshots to your computer, add the Control key to any shortcut command to send them to the clipboard. Use Shift + Command + Control + 3 to capture the entire screen, or Shift + Command + Control + 4 to capture a section of the screen, then paste the screenshot wherever you like.

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