How to Screenshot on My Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who wants to learn how to take screenshots on your device? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step. By the end, you’ll be a pro at capturing screenshots on your Mac.

Method 1: Capturing Full Screen

If you want to capture the entire screen as a screenshot, follow these simple steps:

  1. Step 1: Locate and press the “Command” ⌘ key on your keyboard. It is usually located next to the space bar.
  2. Step 2: While holding down the “Command” ⌘ key, press the “Shift” ⇧ key and the “3” key simultaneously. You will hear a camera shutter sound indicating that the screenshot has been taken.
  3. Step 3: The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in this format: “Screen Shot [Date] at [Time].png”.

Method 2: Capturing Selected Area

If you only want to capture a specific area of your screen, such as an application window or part of your desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Press and hold down the “Command” ⌘ key and the “Shift” ⇧ key on your keyboard.
  2. Step 2: While holding down those keys, press the “4” key. Your cursor will change into a crosshair reticle.
  3. Step 3: Click and drag your cursor to select the desired area for your screenshot.

    As you drag, you will see a highlighted rectangle indicating the selected area.

  4. Step 4: Release the mouse button to capture the screenshot. Again, you will hear a camera shutter sound.
  5. Step 5: The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in this format: “Screen Shot [Date] at [Time].

Method 3: Capturing Application Window

If you want to capture only a specific application window, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open the application window that you want to capture.
  2. Step 2: Press and hold down the “Command” ⌘ key and the “Shift” ⇧ key on your keyboard.
  3. Step 3: While holding down those keys, press the “4” key.
  4. Step 4: Move the cursor over the desired application window.

    As you hover over different windows, they will be highlighted in blue.

  5. Step 5: Click on the application window to capture it as a screenshot. Once again, you will hear the camera shutter sound.
  6. Step 6: The screenshot of the selected application window will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in this format: “Screen Shot [Date] at [Time].

In conclusion,

Taking screenshots on your Mac is a breeze! Whether you want to capture the entire screen, a selected area, or a specific application window, you now have the knowledge to do so. Remember to utilize these methods whenever you need to save or share something from your screen.

Now go ahead and capture those screenshots like a pro!

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