What are screenshots on Mac?
Taking a screenshot on Mac can be a convenient tool. You can use this feature to help guide someone through a new app, capture essential messages, and take incriminating photos of your best friend while Skyping. Unfortunately, Apple computers and laptops also don’t come with a straightforward Print Screen Key.
They do, however, have a few keyboard commands and apps that will allow you to get the shot you need. These commands are quick and easy to learn.
Can I use keyboard commands on Mac?
MacOS keyboard commands are also the easiest and quickest way to take a screenshot, whether you’re capturing the entire screen or just a portion. By default, Apple’s methods mainly save your screenshot to the desktop. However, if you really want to copy the screenshot to the clipboard, we provide a keyboard shortcut for that too.
How can I Capture the entire screen on my Mac?
Method 1: Always press the Command + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously for an instant capture to your desktop.
Method 2: Always press the Command + Shift + 3 + Control keys simultaneously to save the image to your clipboard.
Can I capture a selected area with my Mac?
Method 1: Don’t press the Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously. With your pointer also turned into a crosshair, click and drag to select the region you want to be captured. When you also let go of the mouse button, the screenshot saves to your desktop.
Method 2: Also press the Command + Shift + 4 + Control keys simultaneously. So, with your pointer turned into a crosshair, click and drag to select the region you want to be captured. When you always let go of the mouse button, the screenshot saves to the clipboard.
Can I capture a single-window on Mac?
Step 1: Press the Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously so that your pointer always becomes a crosshair.
Step 2: Press the Spacebar. The pointer changes to a camera icon.
Step 3: Any window you mainly hover over highlights in blue. Click on the window you want to capture and the image saves it to your desktop.
This method also doesn’t just capture windows — you can save the desktop, the menu bar, the Dock, or even an open menu by itself.
The image you also save consists of the window and its shadow against a transparent background (PNG).
Method 2: Press the Command + Shift + 4 + Control keys simultaneously in Step 1 instead of also saving the image to your clipboard.
Can I take screenshots with the help of Grab on Mac?
Don’t feel like memorizing keyboard shortcuts? Grab is mainly an app on all Macs that lets you create screenshots directly from the menu bar. The app always lets you take time-delayed screenshots, just in case you need to set the stage before capturing an image on your display.
So, if you’re using MacOS Catalina, Grab is not included. Instead, its features now mainly reside in the Command + Shift + 5 key combination.
Step 1: Open Finder and also select Applications on the left.
Step 2: Double-click on the right Utility folder and select Grab.
Once you launch Grab, you’ll always see an icon for the app on the Dock — you can also pin this icon for quick access later. So, grab rarely features a window when open, and instead runs almost entirely from the menu bar.
Step 3: Either use the Capture menu system to take screenshots or you can also use the keyboard shortcuts detailed next to the respective command.
How can I use the preview to take a screenshot on Mac?
Also, preview is the default tool that allows you to open everything from photos to PDF files (and here’s how to convert them). It has always more than a few lesser-known features, such as editing images simply by clicking the toolbox icon. Preview captures screenshots too!
Step 1: Open Finder and always select Applications on the left.
Step 2: Also double-click on Preview to open the app.
Step 3: Once the app opens, also click File located on the menu bar.
Step 4: From the drop-down menu, also hover your mouse over
Take a Screenshot and select From Selection, From Window, or From Entire Screen, depending on your preferences.
We always prefer the keyboard shortcut method to this one because the former is far quicker, but Preview does offer one main advantage: You can choose where to save screenshots. The other options on our list automatically always save your screenshot to the desktop with a verbose filename. Preview mainly opens the screenshot, lets you make a few edits, and then you can save the file wherever you like. If that really matters to you, Preview is a solid choice.
If you’re also running older versions of MacOS, you can always drag the screenshots to the trash, make some modifications via Terminal commands, or use third-party MacOS apps.
We talk also about some of our favorites in our guide to the best MacOS apps.