How to Do a Screen Capture Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to do a screen capture on a Mac. Capturing your screen can be useful for various purposes, such as creating tutorials, sharing information, or troubleshooting issues. Mac offers built-in tools that make the process quick and easy.

Capturing the Entire Screen

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

  • Step 1: Press the Command + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 2: You will hear a camera shutter sound if your sound is enabled.
  • Step 3: The captured image will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.

Capturing a Specific Area

If you want to capture only a specific area of your screen, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Press the Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously. Your cursor will change to a crosshair.
  • Step 2: Click and drag the crosshair to select the desired area. As you drag, the dimensions of the selection will be displayed.
  • Step 3: Release the mouse button to capture the selected area.
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Capturing a Window

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

  • Note: This method requires macOS Mojave (10.14) or later versions.
    1. Step 1: Press the Command + Shift + 5 keys simultaneously. The screenshot toolbar will appear at the bottom of the screen.
    2. Step 2: Click on the “Capture Selected Window” button in the toolbar.

      Your cursor will change to a camera icon with a crosshair.

    3. Step 3: Move your cursor over the window or menu you want to capture. The window or menu will be highlighted.
    4. Step 4: Click on the desired window or menu to capture it.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to do a screen capture on a Mac using different methods. Whether you need to capture the entire screen, a specific area, or a window/menu, Mac provides convenient built-in tools for all your screen capturing needs.

Note: The captured screenshots can be found on your desktop by default. However, you can change the save location by going to “System Preferences” > “Keyboard” > “Shortcuts” > “Screen Shots”.

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