How to Screengrab on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking to capture screenshots of your screen? Whether you want to save an important moment, share information with others, or troubleshoot an issue, taking a screenshot can be incredibly useful.

Luckily, the process is simple and easy on a Mac. In this tutorial, we will guide you step-by-step on how to screengrab on Mac.

Capturing the Entire Screen

To capture the entire screen on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Locate the “Shift” key on your keyboard.
  2. Step 2: Press and hold the “Shift” key along with the “Command” key (⌘) and the number “3” key simultaneously.
  3. Step 3: Release all three keys together.

Your screen will flash momentarily, indicating that a screenshot has been taken. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in the format “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png”.

Capturing a Portion of the Screen

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

  1. Step 1: Locate the “Shift” key on your keyboard.
  2. Step 2: Press and hold the “Shift” key along with the “Command” key (⌘) and the number “4” key simultaneously.
  3. Step 3: Your cursor will turn into crosshairs. Click and drag to select the desired portion of your screen.
  4. Step 4: Release the mouse button to capture the selected area.

Similar to capturing the entire screen, the screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in the format “Screen Shot [date] at [time].

Capturing a Window or Menu

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

  1. Step 1: Locate the “Shift” key on your keyboard. Your cursor will turn into crosshairs.
  2. Step 3: Press and release the spacebar.

    Your cursor will change into a camera icon.

  3. Step 4: Move your cursor over the desired window or menu to highlight it. Click once to capture it.

The screenshot of the window or menu will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in the format “Screen Shot [date] at [time].

Note:

If you want to copy a screenshot to your clipboard instead of saving it as a file, simply add the “Control” key (⌃) to any of the previous key combinations mentioned. For example, pressing “Control + Shift + Command + 3” will copy a screenshot of your entire screen to clipboard.

You now have all the knowledge you need to screengrab on Mac. Whether you’re capturing an entire screen, a portion of it, or a specific window, taking screenshots on your Mac is quick and efficient. Use this newfound skill to enhance your productivity and communication!

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