How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Taking a screenshot on a Mac is pretty easy…once you know the keyboard combinations.

Take a screenshot of your entire screen

  1. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-3
  2. You will find the .PNG file as a file on your desktop

Take a screenshot of a portion of your screen

  1. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-4
  2. Move the cross-hair pointer to where you would like to start the screenshot
  3. Click and drag to select the area of the screen you want to capture. You can hold the Shift key, Option key, or Space bar to alter how the selection moves while dragging.
  4. When you’re happy with the area you have selected simply release the mouse button or trackpad.
  5. You will once again find the image on your desktop

Take a screenshot of a window

  1. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-4
  2. Press the Space bar and the cross-hair turns into a camera pointer
  3. Move the camera pointer over the window you want to capture and click your mouse or trackpad to capture the highlighted window
  4. Again you will find the .PNG image file on your desktop

Take a screenshot of a menu

  1. Click the menu to show its contents
  2. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-4
  3. Drag to highlight the menu
  4. Release your mouse or trackpad to capture the highlighted menu
  5. Look for the image on your desktop

Take a screenshot of a menu without the title

  1. Click the menu to show its contents
  2. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-4
  3. Press the Space bar and the cross-hair turns into a camera pointer
  4. Move the camera pointer over the menu you want to capture and click your mouse or trackpad to capture the highlighted menu
  5. Look for the image on your desktop
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