How to Print Screen in Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to print screen on a Mac. Taking screenshots can be extremely useful when you want to capture and save important information displayed on your screen. Whether you need to save a picture, document, or error message, the screenshot feature on a Mac makes it easy to do so.

Method 1: Capture the Entire Screen

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

  1. Press Command + Shift + 3: This keyboard shortcut captures a screenshot of your entire screen.
  2. The screenshot will be automatically saved: Once you press the key combination, the screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a timestamped name. You can easily access it from there.

Method 2: Capture a Portion of the Screen

If you only need to capture a specific portion of the screen, use these steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4: This keyboard shortcut turns your cursor into a crosshair.
  2. Select the area to capture: Click and drag the crosshair cursor to select the specific area you want to capture. A preview of the selection will appear as you drag.
  3. Release the mouse button: Once you have selected the desired area, release the mouse button. The screenshot will be automatically saved as a PNG file on your desktop.

Method 3: Capture a Window or Menu

If you need to capture only one window or menu on your Mac, follow these instructions:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4 + Spacebar: This keyboard shortcut changes the cursor to a camera icon.
  2. Select the window or menu: Move the camera icon over the desired window or menu and click on it.


Now you know how to take screenshots on a Mac using different methods. Whether you need to capture the entire screen, a specific portion, or a window/menu, these keyboard shortcuts will make it quick and easy for you. Start using this feature today and enhance your productivity by capturing important information with just a few simple steps!

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