How to Take a Screenshot on Mac

Taking a screenshot on a Mac is quite straightforward and can be done using built-in keyboard shortcuts. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, here are the primary methods for taking screenshots on a Mac:

  1. Capture the Entire Screen:

    To capture the entire screen, including all visible elements:

    Press: Command (⌘) + Shift + 3

    The screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop.

  2. Capture a Selected Portion of the Screen:

    To capture a specific portion of the screen:

    Press: Command (⌘) + Shift + 4

    Your cursor will turn into a crosshair. Click and drag to select the area you want to capture. Release the mouse button to take the screenshot.

  3. Capture a Specific Window:

    To capture a specific window or application:

    Press: Command (⌘) + Shift + 4 and then press the Spacebar

    Your cursor will turn into a camera icon. Move the camera icon over the window or application you want to capture and click. This will capture the entire window, including its shadow, and save it as a file.

  4. Capture the Touch Bar (for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar):

    If you have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can capture its contents:

    Press: Command (⌘) + Shift + 6

    The screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop.

After taking a screenshot, you’ll typically hear a camera shutter sound, and the screenshot file will be saved on your desktop with a name like “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png.”

If you’d like to copy the screenshot to the clipboard instead of saving it as a file, add the Control key to any of the above shortcuts. For example:

  • To copy the entire screen to the clipboard: Command (⌘) + Control + Shift + 3
  • To copy a selected portion to the clipboard: Command (⌘) + Control + Shift + 4
Written by Clara Lee