How To Screenshot On Mac

How To Screenshot On Mac

Most of us know how to take a screenshot on our iPhones by now. It can differ a bit between the generations, but it’s a simple process.

The iPhone 8 and back requires you to press down on the sleep mode button and home button simultaneously. Whereas if you have an iPhone X model or newer, you’ll need to press the sled button and the volume + button at the same time.

With that said, the method to taking a screenshot on iPhones is much more well known than How To Screenshot On Mac, yet it’s just as simple.

How To Screenshot The Whole Screen On Mac

There are a few different options for taking a screenshot on a Mac. Let’s start with the simpler than simple method.

If you’re wanting to screenshot the whole screen on your Mac, follow these simple steps.

  1. Hold down Command + Shift + 3.
  2. You will most likely hear a clicking sound, similar to a camera shutter opening and closing.
  3. After taking your screenshot, the image will appear on your Mac’s desktop by default.

You can change the location of your screenshot to a different area on your Mac by simply dragging it into a particular folder and saving it.

That wasn’t so hard was it? Now let’s explore some more specific screenshot methods.

How To Screenshot Part Of Your Mac’s Screen

If you were wondering how to screenshot part of your screen, or wondering if it was even possible. This next section is your answer to both questions.

  1. Hold down Command + Shift + 4.
  2. After you have held those down, you will see a small cross appear on you screen. To highlight the section of your screen you would like to screenshot, simply drag that cross diagonal to form a box around what you need to capture.
  3. After you have the area covered by that box, let off the mouse or trackpad and the screenshot will be taken.
Tip: Press escape at any point to cancel your screenshot.

As with the first method we looked at, the screenshot will be stored on your desktop by default.

How To Screenshot A Window

If you’re looking to grab a screenshot of a particular window on your screen, here’s how you do just that.

  1. Hold down Command + Shift + 4.
  2. A pair of crosshairs will appear, once they do, press Space.
  3. Position the crosshairs over the window until the window is highlighted. A camera icon should appear and turn your window a grey color.
  4. Choose your window and click on your mouse/trackpad.

Once you have captured your desired window, the window will have a shadow effect as well.

Taking A Timed Screenshot

In the case that you’re wanting to take a timed screenshot, here’s how you can get that done.

  1. Hold down Command + Shift + 5.
  2. Am options bar should pop up, click on that.
  3. Under “timer” choose whether you want a 5 or 10 second timer.
  4. Now you should have some screen capturing options. Choose whether you’d like to capture the selected portion, entire screen, or the selected window.
  5. At this point your timer will start. Once it reaches zero your screenshot will be taken!

Timed screenshots are useful if you need to setup something to capture and have your screenshot timer ready to go.

If you happen to be using the older version of MacOS or Mac OS X, press Command + Shift and type “Grab”. Or as an alternative you can search through your “Utilities” folder.

Hopefully this article has helped you out!


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