How do you take a screenshot on a Mac?
I can’t tell how many times I’ve been asked that question. That inspired me to make this website. Also many new people switch to Mac and I hope they will find this useful as well.
Even though you know how to take a screenshot on a Mac, it can be difficult remembering it. That is because there are different ways to take screenshots on a Mac, depending on how you want the screenshot to be. More about this later.
On a Mac there is no ‘Print Screen’ button, its not even called printing the screen or making a screen print. On a Mac the correct phrase to use is capturing the screen or taking a screenshot. Because there is no designated button for taking screenshots you need to use a combination of keystrokes.
How to take a screenshot on a Mac running Mac OS X:
The basic functionality of taking a screen capture of a window or desktop in Mac OS X takes an image and puts the image file on the desktop. Each uses the pressing of Command and Shift keys concurrently as the basis for execution, followed by a number:
Command+Shift+3: takes a screenshot of the full screen and save it as a file on the desktop.
Command+Shift+4: brings up a selection box so you can specify an area to take a screenshot of, then it gets saved as a image on the desktop.
How to Print Screen to the Clipboard on a Mac running Mac OS X:
This other way is similar to the ‘Print Screen’ button in the Windows universe. Be using the commands below you capture the screen or selected area and saves it in the Clipboard:
Command+Control+Shift+3: takes a screenshot of the entire screen and saves it to the Clipboard for pasting into another program.
Command+Control+Shift+4: enables you to select an area, which it takes a screenshot of and saves it to the Clipboard for pasting elsewhere
The above techniques work for all Mac computers as long as they run a version of Mac OS X. Notice that some old Macs dont have the Command button, but have the older button instead.
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