How to Take a Screenshot on Mac

How to Take a Screenshot on Mac

Taking a screenshot copies everything you’re seeing on your computer screen. This allows you to share important work-related documents with coworkers, explain how to do a task (with photo aids), or save valuable information on your computer.

But if you’ve never used a Mac before or if you’re still learning all the right commands, actually taking one of these screenshots may seem overwhelming.

Don’t let this frustration add to your already stress-filled life. Taking a screenshot isn’t as complicated as it might seem. We’ve put together this guide to help you learn how to make screenshots on Mac.

So let’s get started!

The Different Ways to Take a Screenshot on Mac 

There are a few different ways to take screenshots on your Mac (the exact method you use will depend on the type of computer you have). But once you know what buttons to click, you can start taking and saving screenshots and stop losing that important information.

Here are a few different screenshot commands that’ll help you capture everything you need.

Full Screenshot 

Do you want to take a quick picture of your entire computer screen? Hold down the Shift, Command, and 3 keys at the same time. You should see a thumbnail pop up in the corner of your screen that shows you took the picture.

You can click on this thumbnail if you want to edit the photo. If you don’t click the thumbnail, your Mac will save the photo to your computer.

Partial Screenshot 

You may not want (or need) to take a picture of your entire screen. What if you just want a photo of a small portion of a webpage instead?

By clicking Shift, Command, and 4, you can select certain parts of your screen to capture.

There are a few different ways to do this.

First, press and release the spacebar (after pressing the above keys). You will see a small camera icon appear, which you can move to any open window. Once you select the window, your Mac will take a screenshot.

You can also press and hold the spacebar then use your mouse to highlight a specific section of the screen. When you release the spacebar, your Mac will take a picture of the highlighted area.

Many newer Macs also allow you to take screenshots by pressing Shift, Command, and 5. You can choose what type of screenshot to take after clicking these keys, such as a full screen or partial screen image. You can even record your screen as well.

Touch Bar Screenshot 

If you have a MacBook Pro (or a different type of Mac that has a Touch Bar), you can also take screenshots of your Touch Bar. All you have to do is press Shift, Command, and 6.

Since this type of screenshot only captures the Touch Bar, the photo will be very long and very skinny.

Screenshot Apps 

Most of these screenshot commands don’t give you a lot of customization, so if you want to take more complex screenshots, you may need to download a screenshot app. These apps will give you a lot more screenshot options, which can help you capture what you need.

How to Find Your Screenshot After You Take It

Okay, so you’ve learned how to make screenshots on Mac. Now you might be asking yourself this question: “Where is the picture saved?”

Don’t worry. You won’t lose your screenshots in no-man’s-land. All your screenshots will automatically save on your desktop under the title “screenshot” with the day’s date and time.

For example, let’s say you took a screenshot on the 18th of August at 3:34pm. Your photo will save on the desktop titled as “Screen Shot 2020-08-18 at 03.34.00 PM.png”. You can then rename the screenshot in a way that’ll help you remember it from there.

But what if you don’t want your screenshot on the desktop? There are a few other options you can try instead.

Getting Screenshots in the Clipboard

Start by pressing any of the key combinations above (such as Shift, Command, 4). But this time, make sure you press the Control button as well.

Your Mac will take a screenshot and copy it to the clipboard.

Keep in mind, though, if you use this method, you won’t have a file saved to your desktop. If you want a copy of your screenshot saved on the desktop as well, you’ll need to take a second screenshot of the same page.

You can also access your screenshot directly from the desktop as well. From the desktop, you can edit the picture, which may be more helpful than opening it in the clipboard (depending on your goals).

Pasting Your Screenshots into a Document 

Once you have your screenshot in the clipboard, you can press the Command and V keys together to paste it into a different document. However, you may want to edit the screenshot first before you add it to anything.

Learning How to Make Screenshots on Mac

If you follow the steps in this guide, you’ll learn how to make screenshots on Mac so you don’t lose any more important information. Pressing the right key combinations might sound complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to take a screenshot (and find it again!) in a matter of seconds.

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