How to Screen Capture Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Screen capturing on a Mac is a handy feature that allows you to capture and save screenshots of your screen, whether it’s for work, school, or personal use. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to screen capture on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Capturing the Entire Screen

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

  1. Press Command + Shift + 3: This keyboard shortcut captures the entire screen and saves it as an image file on your desktop.
  2. Locate the screenshot on your desktop: After pressing the keyboard shortcut, you will hear a camera shutter sound indicating that the screenshot has been taken. The image file will be saved as “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png” on your desktop.

Capturing a Portion of the Screen

If you only need to capture a specific portion of your screen, follow these steps instead:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4: This keyboard shortcut turns your cursor into a crosshair.
  2. Select the area you want to capture: Click and drag the crosshair cursor to select the portion of the screen you want to capture. As you drag, you’ll see dimensions displayed in pixels.
  3. Release the mouse button: Once you’ve selected the desired area, release the mouse button. The screenshot will be saved as an image file on your desktop just like before.

Capturing a Specific Window

If you only want to capture a specific window rather than the entire screen, follow these steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4: This keyboard shortcut turns your cursor into a crosshair, just like before.
  2. Press the Spacebar: After pressing the keyboard shortcut, press the Spacebar. The cursor will change into a camera icon.
  3. Select the window you want to capture: Move your cursor over the window you want to capture.

    The window will be highlighted in blue.

  4. Click on the window: Once you’ve selected the desired window, click on it. The screenshot of the specific window will be saved as an image file on your desktop.

Capturing Touch Bar Screenshots

If you have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can even capture screenshots of your Touch Bar. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 6: This keyboard shortcut captures a screenshot of your Touch Bar and saves it as an image file on your desktop.

In Conclusion

Congratulations! You now know different methods to screen capture on your Mac.

Whether you need to capture the entire screen, a portion of it, or even just a specific window or Touch Bar, these keyboard shortcuts will save you time and effort. Make sure to practice and familiarize yourself with them for maximum productivity!

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