How to Do a Screen Capture on a Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Screen capture, also known as screenshot, is a useful feature that allows you to capture and save an image of your computer screen. Whether you need to share something important with others or simply want to keep a record of something you see on your screen, knowing how to do a screen capture on a Mac is essential. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the different methods available to take screenshots on your Mac.

Method 1: Capture the Entire Screen

To capture the entire screen on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 3: This keyboard shortcut will instantly capture the entire screen.
  2. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file: By default, the screenshot will be saved on your desktop with the name “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png”.

Method 2: Capture a Selected Portion of the Screen

If you want to capture only a specific portion of your screen, use this method:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4: This shortcut turns your cursor into a crosshair.
  2. Select the area you want to capture: Click and drag the cursor to select the portion of the screen you wish to capture.
  3. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file: Similar to Method 1, it will be saved on your desktop with a default name.

Method 3: Capture a Specific Window or Menu

If you want to capture only a specific window or menu on your Mac, use this method:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4 + Space Bar: This shortcut changes your cursor into a camera icon.
  2. Click on the window or menu you want to capture: The selected window or menu will be highlighted.
  3. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file: As before, it will be saved on your desktop with a default name.

Method 4: Capture the Touch Bar (for MacBook Pro models)

If you own a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can also capture it using this method:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 6: This keyboard shortcut captures the Touch Bar and saves it as a file.

In Conclusion

Taking screenshots on a Mac is quick and easy once you know the methods available. Whether you need to capture the entire screen, a specific portion, a window/menu, or even the Touch Bar, these methods have got you covered. So go ahead and start capturing those important moments on your Mac!

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