How to Capture a Screenshot on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user and wondering how to capture a screenshot? Look no further, as we have got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of capturing screenshots on your Mac with ease. Let’s get started!

Capturing a Full Screen Screenshot

If you want to capture the entire screen of your Mac, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 3: Simultaneously press the Command, Shift, and 3 keys on your keyboard.

  2. Locate the Screenshot: Once you release the keys, your screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.

Capturing a Selected Portion of the Screen

If you only need to capture a specific portion of your screen, here’s what you should do:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4: Press Command, Shift, and 4 keys simultaneously.

  2. Select the Area: Once you see a crosshair cursor, click and drag to select the desired portion of your screen.

  3. Release Mouse Button: After selecting the area, release the mouse button to capture the screenshot.

  4. Screenshot Location: The captured screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.

Capturing a Specific Window or Menu

In case you want to capture a specific window or menu on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4 + Space: Press Command, Shift, 4, and Space keys simultaneously.

  2. Select the Window/Menu: Your cursor will turn into a camera icon. Click on the window or menu you want to capture.

Capturing Screenshots to Clipboard

If you prefer to save your screenshots directly to the clipboard instead of saving them as files, use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Command + Control + Shift + 3: Capture the entire screen to clipboard.

  2. Command + Control + Shift + 4: Capture selected portion of the screen to clipboard.


If you are using multiple displays connected to your Mac, capturing screenshots will include all displays by default. To capture screenshots of only one display, press and hold the Control key along with the other keyboard shortcuts mentioned above.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to capture screenshots on your Mac using various methods.

Now you can easily share or save important information by taking screenshots whenever needed. Happy screenshotting!

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