How to Copy Screen on Mac
Taking screenshots is a common task for Mac users, whether it’s to capture an important moment, share information, or troubleshoot an issue. Fortunately, macOS provides several built-in methods to copy your screen effortlessly.
In this tutorial, we will explore different ways to take screenshots on Mac and copy them for further use.
Capturing the Entire Screen
To capture the entire screen on your Mac, follow these steps:
- Press Command + Shift + 3: This keyboard shortcut captures the entire screen and saves it as a PNG file on your desktop. You will hear a camera shutter sound indicating that the screenshot has been taken.
- Locate the screenshot: Once captured, you can find the screenshot file with a filename starting with “Screen Shot” followed by the date and time.
- Copy the screenshot: To copy the screenshot without saving it as a file, press Command + Control + Shift + 3. The image will be copied to your clipboard.
Selective Screen Capture
If you only need to capture a specific portion of your screen, macOS provides a handy tool called “Screenshot” that offers more flexibility. Here’s how to use it:
- Press Command + Shift + 5: This keyboard shortcut opens the “Screenshot” toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
- Select capture options: The toolbar allows you to choose between capturing the entire screen, selected windows, or custom areas. You can also set a timer delay and decide where to save your screenshots.
- Take the screenshot: Click on the desired capture option to take the screenshot. The image will be saved as a file or copied to your clipboard, depending on your settings.
Using Preview to Copy Screenshots
Another way to copy screenshots on Mac is by utilizing the built-in “Preview” application. Here’s how:
- Capture a screenshot: Use any of the methods mentioned above to capture a screenshot and save it as a file.
- Open with Preview: Locate the saved screenshot file, right-click on it, select “Open With,” and choose “Preview.”
- Select and copy: In Preview, use the selection tool (shortcut: Command + A) to select the desired portion of the screenshot. Then, go to Edit > Copy (or use Command + C) to copy it.
By following these steps, you can easily copy screenshots on your Mac using various built-in methods. Whether you need to capture the entire screen or specific portions, macOS provides intuitive tools that make this task a breeze.
Experiment with different options and find what works best for your needs.
Remember that practice makes perfect, so don’t hesitate to take multiple screenshots until you become comfortable with the process. Happy capturing!