How To Take A Screenshot on Mac

Taking a screenshot is a basic thing to do on a Mac. However, it might be less-known to many folks. In Windows, there’s a dedicated key on your keyboard for it: PrtScn (Print Screen).

However, the process of taking a screenshot on a Mac is slightly different. If you’re a first-time Mac user or you just switched from Windows, you will find it quite frustrating. Don’t worry, I got your back. In this article, I will show you the steps on how to take a screenshot on your Mac.

Take A Screenshot Using Key Combination

Perhaps you may be wondering why the Mac doesn’t have a Print Screen key. The answer is that the MacBook provides you with more powerful options than a simple Print Screen key on the keyboard. Here is how:

  • Command + Shift + 3: This combination allows you to take a picture of everything that’s currently on your screen.
  • Command + Shift + 4: This key combination lets you take a screenshot of only a portion of the screen. You will notice that your cursor turns into a cross with parameters. Dragging your cursor will create a box line. From here, you can then select the area you want to capture by adjusting the box. 
  • Command + Shift +4 + Space Bar:  This combination allows you to capture the currently active window. When you use this key combination, your pointer will turn into a camera icon. Click on the windows you want to capture and it’s done.

Where To Find Your Saved Screenshots on Mac

By default, your screenshots will be saved to your desktop as a PNG format: “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png.”

However, starting with macOS Mojave , you can change the default location of saved screenshots from the Options menu in the Screenshot app. You can also drag the thumbnail to a folder or document to store your shots.

Capture Your Mac Screen Without Key Combination

In fact, there are some utility apps that allow you to take a screenshot on your Mac device. You can go to Applications > Utilities. You will see the Screenshot app listed there. Now you just need to double-click it, a toolbar will show up with different options to capture your screen.

Screenshot on Mac

You can also access this app by executing the Command+Shift+5 key combination. If you have an older version of macOS, this application is called Grab.

Screenshot application

Another utility app that helps to take a screenshot on macOS 10.15 is SnagIt. It has various screen capturing options that you can execute without any key combination. You can also set up timers for capturing elements that are difficult to take. It is an amazing feature suited for hover-over attributes and drop-down contents capturing.

Now you know how to take a screenshot on Mac. I hope that this guide is useful for you. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

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