How to Snip It on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Do you find yourself frequently needing to take screenshots on your Mac? Whether it’s for work, school, or personal use, knowing how to snip it on Mac can be a valuable skill. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to capture screenshots on your Mac and how to customize them according to your needs.

Capturing a Full Screen Screenshot

If you want to capture everything that’s currently displayed on your screen, the full screen screenshot is the way to go. To do this:

  • Step 1: Press the Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 3 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 2: You will hear a camera shutter sound indicating that the screenshot has been captured.
  • Step 3: The screenshot will be saved as a .png file on your desktop with the file name “Screen Shot [Date] at [Time].png”.

Capturing a Selected Portion of the Screen

If you only need to capture a specific area of your screen rather than the entire screen, you can use the selection screenshot feature. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Press Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 4 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 2: Your cursor will change into a crosshair pointer.
  • Step 3: Click and drag the crosshair pointer to select the portion of the screen you want to capture.
  • Step 4: Release the mouse button to capture the selected portion.
  • Step 5: The screenshot will be saved as a .

Capturing a Specific Window

If you want to capture a specific window rather than the entire screen or a selected portion, you can use the window screenshot feature. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Press Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 4 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 3: Press the Spacebar. The crosshair pointer will turn into a camera icon.
  • Step 4: Move the camera icon over the window you want to capture.
  • Step 5: Click on the window to capture it.
  • Step 6: The screenshot will be saved as a .

Capturing a Touch Bar Screenshot

If you have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can also capture screenshots of your Touch Bar. Follow these steps to do so:

  • Step 1: Press Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 6 keys simultaneously.

Customizing Screenshot File Formats

By default, macOS saves screenshots as .png files. However, if you prefer a different file format such as .jpg or .pdf, you can easily change the settings. Here’s how to customize your screenshot file format:

  • Step 1: Open Terminal on your Mac.
  • Step 2: Type the following command and press Enter: defaults write com.apple.screencapture type [file format]
  • Step 3: Replace “[file format]” with your desired file format (e.g., jpg, pdf).
  • Step 4: Press Enter to execute the command.

In Conclusion

Capturing screenshots on your Mac is a simple yet powerful way to save and share information. By familiarizing yourself with these different methods and customization options, you can streamline your workflow and enhance your productivity. So go ahead, snip it on Mac!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in teaching you how to capture screenshots on your Mac. Remember to practice and explore these features yourself to become proficient in using them. Happy snipping!

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