How to Take a Screen Shot on Mac Book

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac Book user looking to capture important moments on your screen? Taking a screenshot on a Mac Book is incredibly easy and can be done in just a few simple steps. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the different methods of taking a screenshot on your Mac Book.

Method 1: Taking a Full-Screen Screenshot

If you want to capture your entire screen, including the menu bar and dock, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Press the Command (⌘), Shift (⇧), and 3 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 2: You will hear a camera shutter sound indicating that the screenshot has been taken.
  • Step 3: The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with the file name starting with “Screen Shot” followed by the date and time.

Method 2: Taking a Screenshot of a Selected Portion

If you only want to capture a specific portion of your screen, such as an image or text, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Press the Command (⌘), Shift (⇧), and 4 keys simultaneously. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair.
  • Step 2: Click and drag to select the portion of the screen you want to capture.

    As you drag, dimensions of the selected area will be displayed.

  • Note: To cancel the selection, press the Escape (esc) key before releasing the mouse button.
  • Step 3: Release the mouse button to take the screenshot. You will hear a camera shutter sound, and the screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.

Method 3: Taking a Screenshot of a Window or Menu

If you want to capture a specific window or menu, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Press the Command (⌘), Shift (⇧), and 4 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 2: Press the Spacebar.

    The cursor will change into a camera icon.

  • Note: If you want to capture a menu, make sure the menu is open before pressing the spacebar.
  • Note: To cancel the selection, press the Escape (esc) key before clicking.
  • Step 3: Move your cursor over the window or menu you want to capture. The highlighted area will turn blue when selected.
  • Note:If you move your cursor outside of the selected window or menu, it will no longer be highlighted.
  • Note: If you want to exclude the window’s shadow from the screenshot, press and hold down the Option (⌥) key while clicking on it.

    In Conclusion

    Taking a screenshot on your Mac Book is a simple process that can be done in a few clicks or keystrokes. Whether you want to capture your entire screen, a specific portion, or a window/menu, the built-in screenshot tools in macOS make it easy to do so. So go ahead and capture those important moments with ease!

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