How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Introduction

Screenshots allow you to capture content on your screen which is saved as a picture on your computer. There are some built in tools with macOS that allows you to capture parts of, or the entire screen to your computer. This guide will show you how to take a screenshot on your Apple Mac.

This guide only specifically goes over built-in options that your Apple Mac comes equipped with out of the box. It will also touch upon 3rd party options that are very popular among users. All 3rd party options are a matter of preference and opinion and must first be installed.

1 Take a screenshot

Screenshots are saved on the desktop of your Mac.

Screenshot file on desktop highlighted

Capture the entire screen

  1. Press the Command + Shift + 3 keys at the same time.
    Keyboard with Command, Shift, and number 3 highlighted

Capture a portion of your screen

  1. Press the Command + Shift + 4 keys at the same time.
    Keyboard with Command, Shift, and the number 4 highlighted
  2. Drag your cursor around the area you want to capture.
    Capture Area

Capture a window

  1. Press the Command + Shift + 4 keys at the same time.
    Keyboard with the Command, Shift, and number 4 keys highlighted.
  2. Press the space bar to change the icon to a camera.
    Keyboard with the space bar highlighted
  3. Click the window you want to capture.
    Capture Window

2 3rd Party Apps

There are 3rd party apps that allow you to take control of your screenshots and add additional functionality. These apps may take over the default keys or compliment them in other ways.

Some example programs are listed below.

Dropbox Allows you to save screenshots directly to your Dropbox cloud storage.
Greenshot Allows you to assign keys to capture your screen and edit the picture.
PicPick Allows you to add annotations to pictures

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Screenshots allow you to capture content on your screen which is saved as a picture on your computer. There are some built in tools with macOS that allows you to capture parts of, or the entire screen to your computer. This guide will show you how to take a screenshot on your Apple Mac.

This guide only specifically goes over built-in options that your Apple Mac comes equipped with out of the box. It will also touch upon 3rd party options that are very popular among users. All 3rd party options are a matter of preference and opinion and must first be installed.

Screenshots are saved on the desktop of your Mac.

Screenshot file on desktop highlighted

Capture the entire screen

  1. Press the Command + Shift + 3 keys at the same time.
    Keyboard with Command, Shift, and number 3 highlighted

Capture a portion of your screen

  1. Press the Command + Shift + 4 keys at the same time.
    Keyboard with Command, Shift, and the number 4 highlighted
  2. Drag your cursor around the area you want to capture.
    Capture Area

Capture a window

  1. Press the Command + Shift + 4 keys at the same time.
    Keyboard with the Command, Shift, and number 4 keys highlighted.
  2. Press the space bar to change the icon to a camera.
    Keyboard with the space bar highlighted
  3. Click the window you want to capture.
    Capture Window

There are 3rd party apps that allow you to take control of your screenshots and add additional functionality. These apps may take over the default keys or compliment them in other ways.

Some example programs are listed below.

Dropbox Allows you to save screenshots directly to your Dropbox cloud storage.
Greenshot Allows you to assign keys to capture your screen and edit the picture.
PicPick Allows you to add annotations to pictures
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