How to Take Screen Capture on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

How to Take Screen Capture on Mac

Screen capture, also known as screenshot, is a handy feature that allows you to capture all or part of your Mac’s screen. Whether you want to save important information, share something interesting with others, or troubleshoot a technical issue, knowing how to take a screen capture on your Mac can be incredibly useful.

Capturing the Entire Screen

To capture the entire screen on your Mac:

  • Step 1: Press the Command (⌘), Shift (⇧), and 3 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 2: You will hear a camera shutter sound and see a thumbnail of the captured screen in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  • Step 3: Click on the thumbnail to open it in Markup, where you can make adjustments and save it or share it immediately.

Capturing a Portion of the Screen

If you only need to capture a specific portion of your screen:

  • Step 1: Press the Command (⌘), Shift (⇧), and 4 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 2: Your cursor will turn into a crosshair pointer.
  • Step 3: Click and drag to select the area you want to capture. As you drag, you’ll see dimensions for the selected area.
  • Step 4: Release the mouse button to capture the selected area.
  • Step 5: The captured screen will appear as a thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click on it to open it in Markup.

Capturing a Window or Menu

To capture a specific window or menu:

  • Step 1: Press the Command (⌘), Shift (⇧), and 4 keys simultaneously.
  • Step 3: Press the Spacebar. The cursor will change to a camera icon.
  • Step 4: Move the camera icon over the window or menu you want to capture. The selected area will be highlighted.
  • Step 5: Click on the highlighted window or menu to capture it.
  • Note:You can press and hold the Option key (⌥) while clicking on a window or menu to exclude its shadow from the captured image.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you’re experiencing issues with screen capture on your Mac, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • If nothing happens when you press the keyboard shortcuts: Go to “System Preferences” > “Keyboard” > “Shortcuts” and make sure that “Screen Shots” is selected in the left sidebar. If not, enable it by checking the box.
  • If the captured screen doesn’t appear as a thumbnail: Check your desktop for a PNG file named “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png”.
  • If you want to change the default save location: Open “Terminal” and enter the following command: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location [path].

    Replace “[path]” with the desired location. For example, to save screen captures on your desktop, use: defaults write com.screencapture location ~/Desktop.

Now that you know how to take screen captures on your Mac, you can easily capture and share important moments or troubleshoot any issues you encounter. Experiment with different capture options and enjoy the convenience of this useful feature!

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