How to Take a Screenshot With Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Taking a Screenshot With Mac

Mac computers offer a simple and efficient way to capture screenshots. Whether you want to save a funny conversation, document an error message, or capture an important moment on your screen, Mac provides several methods to take screenshots. In this tutorial, we will explore different ways to take screenshots with a Mac.

Capturing the Entire Screen

If you want to capture the entire contents of your screen, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 3 keys simultaneously.
  2. You will hear a camera shutter sound, indicating that the screenshot has been taken.
  3. The screenshot will be automatically saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in the format “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png”.

Capturing a Selected Portion of the Screen

If you only need to capture a specific portion of your screen, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 4 keys simultaneously.
  2. Your cursor will turn into crosshairs.
  3. To select the area you want to capture, click and drag your cursor over the desired portion of the screen.
  4. Release the mouse button to take the screenshot.
  5. The captured image will be automatically saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in the format “Screen Shot [date] at [time].

Capturing a Specific Window or Menu

Sometimes you may need to capture a specific window or menu on your screen. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 4 keys simultaneously.
  2. Press the Spacebar. The cursor will change to a camera icon.
  3. To capture a specific window, move the camera icon over the desired window and click on it.
  4. The captured image of the window will be automatically saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in the format “Screen Shot [date] at [time].

Capturing the Touch Bar (for MacBook Pro users)

If you are using a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can also capture screenshots of this feature:

  1. Press Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 6.
  2. The screenshot will be automatically saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename in the format “Touch Bar Shot [date] at [time].

Note:

If you want to change the default PNG format to another format such as JPEG, TIFF, or GIF, you can use third-party applications or built-in utilities like Preview.

In conclusion, capturing screenshots on Mac is quick and easy. Whether you need to capture your entire screen, a specific portion, or even just the Touch Bar on your MacBook Pro, Mac provides multiple options to suit your needs.

So next time you need to take a screenshot on your Mac, remember these simple keyboard shortcuts and capture those important moments with ease!

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