How To Screenshot On Mac ?

Whether you need to save an image, capture a webpage, or record an error message, the Mac OS provides several ways to do this.

Step 1: Capture the Entire Screen

  • To take a screenshot of your entire screen, press Command + Shift + 3.
  • The screenshot will be automatically saved to your desktop.

Step 2: Capture a Portion of the Screen

  • To capture a specific portion of the screen, press Command + Shift + 4.
  • Your cursor will change to a crosshair. Click and drag to select the area you want to capture.
  • Release the mouse button or trackpad to take the screenshot.
  • The screenshot of the selected area will be saved to your desktop.

Step 3: Capture a Specific Window

  • To take a screenshot of a specific window, press Command + Shift + 4, then press the Spacebar.
  • Your cursor will change to a camera icon. Move it over the window you want to capture.
  • Click on the window to take the screenshot.
  • The screenshot will be saved to your desktop.

Step 4: Use the Screenshot Utility

  • For more screenshot options, press Command + Shift + 5.
  • This opens the Screenshot utility, which allows you to capture the entire screen, a window, a selected portion of the screen, or record your screen.
  • Choose your desired option and click ‘Capture’ to take the screenshot.

Step 5: Find Your Screenshots

  • By default, screenshots are saved to your desktop with the filename ‘Screen Shot [date] at [time].png’.
  • You can change the default save location by going to the Screenshot utility (Command + Shift + 5) and selecting ‘Options’.

Additional Tips:

  • Clipboard Saving: If you want to save the screenshot to the clipboard instead of a file, add the Control key to any of the combinations above. For example, Control + Command + Shift + 3 will save the entire screen to your clipboard.
  • Editing Screenshots: After taking a screenshot, you can edit it using Preview or any other image editing software on your Mac.
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