How to Screen Grab on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Screen grabbing, also known as taking a screenshot, is a useful feature on Mac that allows you to capture what’s displayed on your screen. Whether you want to save an important document, capture a funny meme, or share an error message with technical support, knowing how to screen grab on your Mac can come in handy. In this tutorial, we’ll explore different methods of capturing screenshots on Mac and discuss some useful tips and tricks along the way.

Capturing the Entire Screen

If you want to capture everything that’s currently displayed on your screen, including multiple windows and menus, follow these steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 3 simultaneously.
  2. A snapshot of your entire screen will be taken.
  3. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with the current date and time as its name.

Capturing a Selected Portion of the Screen

Sometimes you may only need to capture a specific part of your screen rather than the whole thing. Here’s how:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4.
  2. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair icon.
  3. Click and drag the crosshair to select the portion of the screen you want to capture.
  4. Release the mouse button to take the screenshot.
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    • To cancel while selecting: Press Escape (Esc) or press Control while dragging.
    • To move selection before releasing: Hold Spacebar while dragging.
    • To resize the selection: Hold Shift while dragging.

Capturing a Window or Menu

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

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4.
  2. Press the Spacebar.
  3. Your cursor will turn into a camera icon.
  4. Move the camera icon over the window or menu you want to capture.
  5. Click on the window or menu to take the screenshot.

Taking Screenshots on Touch Bar-Equipped MacBook Pro Models

If you’re using a Mac with a Touch Bar, taking screenshots is even easier. Here’s how:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 6 to capture the entire Touch Bar and save it as a PNG file on your desktop.
  2. Press Command + Control + Shift + 6 to capture and save a screenshot of the Control Strip only.

The Screenshot Will Appear as a Thumbnail in the Bottom Right Corner of Your Screen

When you take a screenshot, it will appear as a thumbnail in the bottom right corner of your screen. You can click on this thumbnail to edit or markup your screenshot before saving it. You can also drag this thumbnail directly into an email, document, or chat conversation to share it instantly.

In Conclusion

Taking screenshots on your Mac is an essential skill that can enhance your productivity and communication. Whether you need to capture an entire screen, select specific portions, or focus on a window or menu, Mac provides various methods to meet your needs.

With the ability to quickly edit and share screenshots, you can effectively convey information and collaborate with others. So go ahead, give it a try, and become a master of screen grabbing on your Mac!

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