How to Take a Full Screenshot on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to take a full screenshot on a Mac. Capturing screenshots is a handy feature that allows you to save and share what’s on your screen. Whether you want to capture an entire webpage, document, or an app window, Mac provides built-in tools to help you do just that.

1. Using Keyboard Shortcuts

The easiest way to take a full screenshot on your Mac is by using keyboard shortcuts. Here’s how:

  • Capture the Entire Screen: Press Command + Shift + 3. The screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop.
  • Capture the Screen and Copy to Clipboard: Press Command + Control + Shift + 3. The screenshot will be copied to the clipboard, allowing you to paste it into another application.
  • Capture a Specific Area: Press Command + Shift+4. Your cursor will change to crosshairs.

    Click and drag to select the desired area of your screen. Release the mouse button to capture the screenshot.

  • Capture a Specific Window:

To capture a specific window, press Command+Shift+4 and then press the Spacebar. Your cursor will change to a camera icon. Move the camera icon over the window you want to capture, and click on it. The screenshot of the specific window will be saved as a file on your desktop.

2. Using the Screenshot App

If you prefer a more interactive way to take screenshots, you can use the built-in Screenshot app on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Applications > Utilities > Screenshot.app.
  2. The Screenshot app will open with options for capturing different types of screenshots.
  3. To capture the entire screen, click on the Capture Entire Screen button.
  4. To capture a specific window, click on the Capture Selected Window button and then select the desired window by clicking on it.
  5. To capture a selected portion of the screen, click on the Capture Selected Portion button and then drag the crosshairs to select the desired area.
  6. The captured screenshot will appear as a thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click on it to edit or share it instantly.

3. Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips that might come in handy:

  • Edit Screenshots: After taking a screenshot, you can quickly edit it by clicking on the thumbnail that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This allows you to crop, annotate, or make other adjustments to the screenshot before saving or sharing it.
  • Change Default Save Location: By default, screenshots are saved to your desktop.

    If you prefer a different location, you can change it by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Screenshots. Here, you can customize the save location and other options.

  • Use Third-Party Apps: If you need more advanced features for capturing screenshots on your Mac, there are several third-party apps available in the App Store. These apps offer additional functionality like timed screenshots, scrolling captures, and more.

That’s it! Now you know how to take a full screenshot on your Mac using keyboard shortcuts or the built-in Screenshot app. With these tools at your disposal, capturing and sharing what’s on your screen has never been easier!

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