how to screenshot on mac

How to Take a Screenshot on Mac: 5 Simple Ways

Mac is known, talked and preferred for several of its good features and functionalities. Yet you might miss ‘Print Screen’ button on its keyboard (which is a bypass for screenshots). Nevertheless, Apple has enabled some other keys on its keyboard to carry out the task.

There are a variety of methods (and keyboard shortcuts) to take different kinds of screenshots on Mac. Using various keys, you can capture an entire screen or even a part of it. Here is the know-how to take screenshots on your Mac.

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Method 1

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If you want to take screenshot of the entire screen, follow these steps

  • Press Command+Shift+3 keys.
  • Screenshot will be automatically saved on your desktop.
  • Now find the .png file on your desktop.

Method 2

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Unlike capturing entire screen, you can capture a part of it. Follow these steps to take screenshot of part of your screen.

  • Press Command+Shift+4 keys.
  • This command will bring up the cross hair.
  • Now select the area of which you want to take screenshot.
  • Release the mouse or trackpad button.
  • If you want to cancel it, press Escape (esc) key before releasing mouse.
  • Find the screenshot on your desktop in .png file format

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Method 3

If there is a particular Window that you want to capture, Apple has a hack for that as well.

  • Press Command+Shift+4 keys.
  • This command will bring up the cross hair.
  • Now press space bar. This will change cross hair into camera pointer.
  • Move the camera pointer to the Window you want to capture.
  • After this, click your mouse or trackpad take screenshot.
  • If you want to cancel the command, press Escape (esc) key before releasing mouse.
  • Find the screenshot on your desktop in .png file format.

Method 4

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If there is one particular menu on your Mac that you want to capture, follow these steps.

  • Open any menu on your Mac. For example- Finder menu.
  • Press Command+Shift+4 keys.
  • This command will bring up the cross hair.
  • Now drag and select the menu.
  • Release your mouse or trackpad to take screenshot.
  • If you want to cancel the command, press Escape (esc) key before releasing mouse.
  • Find the screenshot on your desktop in .png file format.

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Method 5

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Alright, you might not want to remember all these shortcut keys. Here is another app on your Mac that helps you take screenshots without any hassle. Here you go.

  • Open Applications folder.
  • Now open utilities folder.
  • Find Grab app and launch it.
  • Grab won’t have a dedicated window, rather it’ll work almost entirely from the menubar.
  • Click on ‘Capture’ tab
  • Now select an option out of the given ones, to take the screenshot.

Grab helps you take screenshot of screen, individual window and even a part of the screen. You should select any of the options accordingly.

These are 5 ways to take screenshot on your Mac. Try these out and let us know of any other hack that you would like us to present to you.

Minal Khatri

Minal Khatri is a blogger at Systweak Software. She comes up with tech solutions with her write ups and attempts to help out typical users’. Offline, she is mostly found reading about philosophies, interacting with new people and learning about different cultures.

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