How to Paste a Screenshot on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of pasting a screenshot on a Mac. Whether you want to capture an image of your entire screen or just a portion of it, Mac provides an easy way to take screenshots and paste them into various applications or documents.

Capturing a Screenshot on Mac

To capture a screenshot on your Mac, follow these simple steps:

  1. Full Screen: If you want to capture the entire screen, press the Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 3 keys simultaneously. This will instantly take a screenshot and save it as a file on your desktop.
  2. Capturing a Specific Area: To capture only a specific area of your screen, press the Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 4 keys together. Your cursor will change to a crosshair pointer. Click and drag over the area you want to capture. When you release the mouse button, the screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop.
  3. Capturing a Window: If you want to capture only a specific window, press the Command (⌘), Shift (⇧), and 4 keys together.

    Then, press the Spacebar. Your cursor will change into a camera icon. Simply move your cursor over the desired window and click. The screenshot of that window will be saved as a file on your desktop.

Pasting a Screenshot

After capturing a screenshot, you can easily paste it into various applications or documents. Here’s how:

  1. Using Keyboard Shortcuts: To paste the screenshot directly into an application, press the Command (⌘) + V keys together. The screenshot will be pasted at the current cursor position within the application.
  2. Using the Edit Menu: Alternatively, you can use your mouse to paste the screenshot. After capturing the screenshot, open the application or document where you want to paste it.

    Then, click on the Edit menu at the top of your screen and select Paste. The screenshot will be inserted at the current cursor position.


If you have captured multiple screenshots, Mac automatically saves them as separate files on your desktop with names like “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png”. Remember to rename them if needed.

You can also copy a screenshot to your clipboard without saving it as a file by pressing the Control (⌃), then pressing any of the above key combinations for capturing screenshots. This allows you to directly paste it into applications without creating a file on your desktop.

In conclusion, capturing and pasting screenshots on a Mac is incredibly easy and convenient. Whether you need to capture an entire screen, specific area, or window, Mac offers various options to suit your needs. Remember these keyboard shortcuts and methods for seamless screenshot capture and paste functionality.

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