How to Ss on Mac Book

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac Book user who wants to master the art of taking screenshots? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of capturing screenshots on your Mac Book, whether it’s a full-screen capture or a specific area of your screen. Let’s get started!

Taking a Full-Screen Screenshot

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

  • Step 1: Locate the “Shift” key on your keyboard. It is usually located at the left side of your keyboard.
  • Step 2: Press and hold the “Shift” key along with the “Command” (⌘) key and the number “3” key simultaneously.
  • Step 3: Release all three keys together.

Voila! You have successfully taken a full-screen screenshot on your Mac Book. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop by default.

Capturing a Specific Area

If you want to capture only a specific area of your screen, say an application window or just a portion of an image, here’s what you need to do:

  • Step 1: Locate the “Shift” key and the “Command” (⌘) key again.
  • Step 2: Press and hold both keys along with the number “4”. You will notice that your cursor changes to a crosshair pointer.
  • Step 3: Click and drag to select the desired area you want to capture. As you drag, you will see a resizable rectangle forming.
  • Step 4: Release the mouse button to capture the selected area.

Now, you have successfully taken a screenshot of a specific area on your Mac Book. Similar to the full-screen screenshot, it will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop by default.

Customizing Screenshot Save Location

If you prefer to save your screenshots in a different location rather than on the desktop, you can easily customize the save location. Just follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open the Terminal application on your Mac Book. You can find it in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder or use Spotlight (⌘ + Space) to search for “Terminal”.
  • Step 2: In the Terminal window, enter the following command and press “Enter”:

defaults write location

  • Step 3: After entering the command, type in your desired save location path. For example, if you want to save them in a folder called “Screenshots” on your desktop, enter:


  • Step 4: Press “Enter” again to save the new location.

Congratulations! You have successfully customized your screenshot save location. From now on, all screenshots will be saved in the specified folder instead of cluttering up your desktop.

In Conclusion

Taking screenshots on your Mac Book is an essential skill that can come in handy in various situations. Whether you need to capture a funny meme, save an important document, or report a bug, the ability to take screenshots is invaluable. Now that you’ve learned the basics, go ahead and start capturing and sharing your screen with ease!

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