How to Screenshot on a Mac Computer

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you new to the Mac world and wondering how to take a screenshot on your Mac computer? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the different methods available to capture screenshots on your Mac, whether it’s capturing the entire screen or just a specific portion. Let’s get started!

Capturing the Entire Screen

If you want to capture everything that’s currently displayed on your screen, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 3: This keyboard shortcut will instantly capture a screenshot of your entire screen.
  2. A Screenshot Preview: Once captured, a thumbnail of the screenshot will appear in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click on it to access editing options.
  3. Edit and Save: In the preview window, you can crop, rotate, or add annotations to your screenshot if needed. When you’re done editing, click on the “Save” button to save it to your desired location.

Capturing a Portion of Your Screen

If you only need to capture a specific portion of your screen, this method is for you:

  1. Press Command + Shift + 4: This shortcut turns your cursor into a crosshair pointer.
  2. Select the Area: Click and drag the crosshair to select the area you want to capture. As you drag, you’ll see dimensions and size information for precise selection.
  3. A Screenshot Preview: Just like capturing the entire screen, a thumbnail preview will appear after capturing.

    Click on it for editing options.

  4. Edit and Save: Crop, rotate, or annotate your screenshot as desired. Once you’re done, hit the “Save” button to save it.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts for More Control

If you prefer more control over your screenshots, you can use additional keyboard shortcuts:

  • Command + Shift + 5: Opens the Screenshot app, which offers various options like capturing the entire screen, capturing a portion of the screen, or even recording your screen.
  • Command + Shift + 6: Takes a screenshot of the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro models with a Touch Bar.

In Conclusion

Capturing screenshots on your Mac is easy and convenient. Whether you need to capture the entire screen or just a specific portion, these methods will help you achieve it effortlessly. So go ahead and start capturing those amazing moments on your Mac!

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