How to Enable Screenshot on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Do you want to know how to enable screenshot on Mac? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of enabling screenshot functionality on your Mac. So, let’s get started!

Enabling Screenshot on Mac

If you’re a Mac user, you might have noticed that taking screenshots isn’t as straightforward as it is on other operating systems. However, once you know the right way to enable this feature, capturing screenshots on your Mac becomes a breeze.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin with, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search and type in “System Preferences” to directly access it.

Step 2: Select Keyboard Settings

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Keyboard” icon. This will open up various keyboard-related settings options.

Step 3: Access Shortcuts Tab

In the Keyboard settings window, navigate to the top menu and click on the “Shortcuts” tab. This tab allows you to customize keyboard shortcuts for various functions.

Step 4: Choose Screenshots

On the left-hand side of the Shortcuts tab, find and click on “Screen Shots” in the list of options. This will display all available screenshot-related shortcuts that can be customized.

Step 5: Enable Screenshot Shortcuts

To enable screenshot functionality, make sure that all required checkboxes are ticked. By default, macOS provides pre-defined shortcuts for capturing screenshots. You can choose to keep the default settings or customize them according to your preferences.

Taking Screenshots on Mac

Now that you’ve enabled screenshot functionality on your Mac, let’s explore some common screenshot shortcuts that you can use:

  • Command + Shift + 3: This shortcut captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on your desktop.
  • Command + Shift + 4: This shortcut allows you to select a specific portion of the screen for capture. Simply drag your cursor to select the desired area, and it will be saved as a file on your desktop.
  • Command + Shift + 4 + Spacebar: Use this shortcut if you want to capture a specific application window.

    After pressing the keys mentioned, move your cursor over the desired window and click on it. The captured screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop.

You can also change the default location where screenshots are saved by using the “Options” key in combination with any of the above shortcuts. This will copy the screenshot to your clipboard instead of saving it as a file.

That’s it! You’ve successfully enabled screenshot functionality on your Mac and learned some useful shortcuts for capturing screenshots.

Now you can effortlessly capture and save important moments or information with ease. Happy screenshotting!

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