How to Take Print Screen on Mac
Mac computers offer a variety of useful features, and one such feature is the ability to take a screenshot or capture the contents of your screen. Whether you want to save an important moment, share information with others, or troubleshoot a technical issue, knowing how to take a print screen on your Mac can be incredibly helpful. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to capture screenshots on your Mac.
Capturing the Entire Screen
If you want to capture everything that is currently displayed on your screen, follow these simple steps:
- Step 1: Press the Command ⌘, Shift ⇧, and 3 keys simultaneously.
- Step 2: Release all keys.
- Step 3: You will hear a camera shutter sound indicating that the screenshot has been captured. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename starting with “Screen Shot” followed by the date and time.
Capturing a Portion of the Screen
Sometimes you may only want to capture a specific portion of your screen. To do this, follow these steps:
- Step 1: Press the Command ⌘, Shift ⇧, and 4 keys simultaneously. Your cursor will change into a crosshair.
- Step 2: Click and drag to select the desired area for your screenshot.
As you drag, you will see the dimensions of the selected area.
- Step 3: Release the mouse button to capture the screenshot. Similar to capturing the entire screen, you will hear a camera shutter sound, and the screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.
Capturing a Specific Window
If you want to capture a specific window or dialog box on your screen, 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.
- Step 3: Move your cursor over the desired window or dialog box. As you hover over different windows, they will be highlighted.
- Step 4: Click on the window or dialog box to capture it. The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.
Capturing Touch Bar Screenshots (For MacBook Pro)
If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you can also capture screenshots of your Touch Bar using these steps:
- Step 1: Press the Command ⌘, Shift ⇧, and 6 keys simultaneously.
- Step 3: The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop with a filename starting with “Touch Bar Shot” followed by the date and time.
If you want to change the default location where screenshots are saved, you can do so by following these steps:
- Step 1: Launch the Terminal application.
- Step 2: Enter the command defaults write com.apple.screencapture location, followed by the path where you want to save your screenshots, enclosed in quotation marks. For example, if you want to save them in a folder named “Screenshots” on your desktop, the command would be: defaults write com.screencapture location “~/Desktop/Screenshots”.
- Step 3: Press Enter.
- Step 4: Restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.
Congratulations! You now know how to take print screen on your Mac using various methods. Whether it’s capturing the entire screen, a specific portion, or even Touch Bar screenshots, these techniques will help you efficiently capture and save important information.
Note: The methods described above apply to macOS Mojave and later versions. If you are using an older version of macOS, such as High Sierra or Sierra, some key combinations may vary.
We hope this tutorial has been helpful. Happy screenshotting!