How to Screen Shot on a Mac Book

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever wondered how to take a screenshot on your Mac Book? Well, you’re in luck!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of capturing your screen effortlessly. Let’s get started.

Method 1: Capturing the Entire Screen

To capture the entirety of your screen, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Locate and press the Shift, Command (⌘), and 3 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 2: You will hear a camera shutter sound if the sound is enabled on your device. The screenshot will automatically be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.

Method 2: Selectively Capture a Portion of Your Screen

If you want to capture only a specific area of your screen, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Press and hold the Shift, Command (⌘), and 4 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 2: Your cursor will turn into a crosshair. Click and drag to select the desired portion of your screen.
  • Note:You can press the Escape (Esc) key at any time to cancel the screenshot.
    • If you want to move the selected area, press and hold the Spacebar.

      This allows you to reposition the selection.

    • To adjust the size of the selection, use the arrow keys while holding down the Spacebar.
  • Step 3: Release the mouse button to capture the selected portion of your screen. Just like in Method 1, you will hear a camera shutter sound, and a PNG file will be saved on your desktop.

Method 3: Capture a Specific Window or Menu

If you want to capture a specific window or menu on your Mac Book, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Press and hold the Shift, Command (⌘), and 4 keys simultaneously, just as in Method 2.
  • Step 2: Press the Spacebar. Your cursor will change into a camera icon.
  • Step 3: Move your cursor over the desired window or menu item.

    The highlighted area will turn blue.

  • Step 4: Click on the window or menu item you want to capture. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to take screenshots on your Mac Book using three different methods.

Now you can effortlessly capture and share important information with ease. Happy screen capturing!

If you found this tutorial helpful, feel free to check out our other tutorials for more tips and tricks!

Note: The methods described above are applicable for Mac Books running macOS Catalina or later versions.

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