How to Screenshot on Mac

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Believe it or not, taking screenshots on Mac is much easier than doing this on other PC. To prove it, we are going to list the most common screenshots methods which work in all macOS versions.

1. How to screenshot the whole screen –

  • Hold down Command + Shift + 3.

  • A cross with some numbers appears on the screen.

  • Drag the crosshairs across the area of the screen you want to screenshot.

  • When you cover the area you want to screenshot, release the mouse button and the screenshot will be saved on your Desktop.

  • The screenshot on your Desktop will be saved as either a .jpeg or as a .png file, labeled as ‘Screen Shot’ [year]-[month]-[day] at [time]’. If you use macOS Mojave, a thumbnail will appear in the bottom right of your screen which you can click on and edit immediately.

2. How to screenshot part of the screen –

  • Hold down Command + Shift + 4.

  • A cross with some numbers appears on the screen.

  • Drag the crosshairs across the area of the screen you want to screenshot.

  • When you cover the area you want to screenshot, release the mouse button and the screenshot will be saved on your Desktop.

  • The screenshot on your Desktop will be saved as either a .jpeg or as a .png file, labeled as ‘Screen Shot’ [year]-[month]-[day] at [time]’. If you use macOS Mojave, a thumbnail will appear in the bottom right of your screen which you can click on and edit immediately.

3. How to screenshot an image or photo – if you want to save a photo or image from a website or Facebook, for instance, you don’t need to screenshot at all. You just have to click on the image and drag it to your Desktop or the folder you choose.

In general, these are the most common ways of taking screenshots on Mac. By default, all the screenshots are saved on your Desktop, however, if you don’t see them on it, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and find them in the Screen Shots there. Now you are ready to use them as intended.

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