How To Screenshot On MAC- Top 6 Methods With Steps!

Screenshots are a great way to freeze and capture the onscreen activities. If there is a moment in a movie you wish to take the picture of, you can take the screenshot on Mac. An error popped up on your screen with a lot of text you cannot possibly type, you can quickly take the screen grab. You can capture your messaging application chats, game scores, and just about everything that appears on the screen.  Check out complete post to know how to take a screenshot on a MAC.

Mac has several built-in commands that let you take the screenshots quickly. Whether you want to capture the entire screen, a portion of it, or a specific window, you can grab it all. In the following text, we list the various methods to screenshot your Mac. It is as easy as it can get. You just need to use keys and mouse!

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METHOD 1: TAKE THE SCREENSHOT OF THE ENTIRE SCREEN

You can use this method to capture the entire screen as it is. It will capture the image of the entire screen with visible applications. If you want the screen to appear a certain way when you screenshot it, just arrange it accordingly.  If you want to capture a file folder and browser each vertically covering half of the screen, resize the windows to match the desired layout. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Press the following keys together (in the same order): command + shift + 3
  2. You should be able to hear the sound resembling the camera shutter opening and closing (also called camera click)
  3. The screenshot will be saved on your computer in the .PNG format. Every screenshot starts with the file name ‘Screen Shot’ with the Date + Time prefix
  4. You can double click the screenshot image to open with the default image Preview application of Mac (or the one you have set). You can open the image in other apps as well by choosing ‘Open with’ in the right click menu

METHOD 2: TAKE THE SCREENSHOT OF A PART OF THE SCREEN

You may need to take the screenshot of only a part and not the entire screen. Thankfully, Mac OS lets you screenshot a specific area of the screen too. This makes post-processing easier as you don’t need to crop or trim the image. Also, file size of this screenshot is smaller. But, taking this kind of zone specific screenshot is not as straightforward as capturing the entire screen. Make sure that you follow each step very carefully:

  1. Arrange the windows, apps, browsers, or anything you want to include the way you want them to screenshot
  2. Press the following keys together on the keyboard and in the same order: command + shift + 4
  3. The mouse pointer will change to a crosshair (you can release the keys now)
  4. Put the crosshair pointer at one of the corners of the part of the screen you wish to capture. For instance, you could place it on the top right
  5. Now click once and hold
  6. Drag the pointer/crosshair to the diagonally opposite corner (bottom left in our case since we clicked top right)
  7. While dragging, you can also see the pixel count. This comes handy when you are looking for a screenshot of precise pixel size (choosing the right size will eliminate the need to resize or crop the photo in post processing and you can use it straightaway)
  8. While dragging, you can press and hold one of the following keys to achieve the desired lock:
    1. Option: Centre of the area will serve as the lock point. This ensures that the centre always remains the part the screenshot. The size of the area around the centre will change depending upon how much you drag the crosshair
    2. Shift: Holding down Shift will lock the sides of the area except the one which in the direction of your movement
  9. Once you have covered the desired area you wish to screenshot, you can release the mouse button (or the trackpad). The selected area will be the part of the screenshot
  10. You will also hear sound of camera click upon the release of mouse button
  11. The screenshot will be saved on your computer in the .PNG format. Every screenshot starts with the file name ‘Screen Shot’ with the Date + Time prefix
  12. You can double click the screenshot image to open with the default image Preview application of Mac (or the one you have set). You can open the image in other apps as well by choosing ‘Open with’ in the right click menu
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METHOD 3: TAKING THE SCREENSHOT OF A SPECIFIC APP WINDOW

Mac also lets you take the screenshot of the specific app window. This comes handy when you need to share the app screen with others. Alternatively, you can take the screenshot of the entire screen and then crop the image in an image editing tool. But, this will take time and is not always convenient. What if you wish to share the screen quickly? Here are the steps to screenshot an app window:

  1. Launch the app and navigate to the window you wish to capture
  2. Press the following keys together on the keyboard and in the same order: command + shift + 4
  3. The mouse pointer will change to a crosshair (you can release the keys now)
  4. Press Spacebar; the crosshair will change to a camera
  5. Use the mouse or trackpad to position the camera over the app window you need to screenshot
  6. Click once to capture the screenshot
  7. You will also hear click of the camera
  8. The screenshot will be saved on your computer in the .PNG format. Every screenshot starts with the file name ‘Screen Shot’ with the Date + Time prefix

In case you want to capture a dropdown menu instead of the entire screen, launch the app and open the dropdown. Place the camera (step 5) over the dropdown. This will capture only the dropdown and nothing else.

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METHOD 4: COPY THE SCREENSHOT DIRECTLY TO CLIPBOARD

If you need to paste the screenshot directly without having to open the file saved on your computer, you can have the image copied to the clipboard of Mac OS. This could be handy in various situations. For example, you are chatting with someone and quickly want to share the screen (or a part of it). In this case, ‘Control’ key comes into the picture. Here are the easy steps to use the copy/paste with screenshots:

  1. Arrange the screen of your Mac computer the way you want it captured by the screenshot
  2. If you need to copy the entire screen to the clipboard, press Command + Shift + Control + 3 together
    • Open the app, image editor, or document in which you wish to paste the screenshot and press Control + V
  3. Press the keys Command + Shift + Control +  4 together
    • Depending upon whether you wish to capture a part of the screen or a specific app window follow the steps in Method 2 or 3 respectively to choose the desired area
    • Open the app, image editor, or document in which you wish to paste the screenshot and press Control + V

METHOD 5: CAPTURE THE TOUCH BAR

If your Mac computer features a Touch Bar and you wish to take its screenshot, follow these steps:

  1. Press the keys Command + Shift + 6 together
  2. The Touch Bar screen shot will be saved on your desktop in the .PNG format.
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METHOD 6: USE THE GRAB UTILITY

Mac OS has a built-in Grab application that also lets you take the screenshot. It is a simple app with easy to use functions. You can capture the screen only with the mouse. You don’t need to use any keys. Using multiple keys could be a bit difficult, especially when you intend to copy the shot to the clipboard as you need to use 4 keys together.

This is how you can use the grab application:

  1. Go to Applications and select Utilities
  2. Double click Grab application to launch it
  3. You will see a menu bar on the top right and there is no other application window
  4. Click ‘Capture’ in the menu
  5. A drop-down will appear. You will select one of the following options to take the screenshot:
    1. Select Screen’ in order to capture the screenshot of the entire screen. A small window will open and will let you know where you can click. It will also tell you that Grab window will not appear in your screenshot
    2. Select Selection’ if you wish to take the screenshot of a specific area on the screen. A small window will again appear asking you to use your mouse or trackpad to select the area you wish to capture.
    3. Click Window’ if you wish to screenshot any specific window of an app. Click the app window to take the screenshot
    4. Select ‘Print’ if you wish to directly print the screenshot
  6. Once you have taken the screenshot, a window will appear where you can click Save to save the screenshot

Conclusion

Mac OS comes with various built-in commands to take the screenshots without having to use any external application. You simply need to press a combination of a few keys and the screenshot will either be saved on your desktop or copied to the clipboard, depending upon your choice. You can also use the Grab utility by Mac to grab the screen only with the mouse without using any keys.

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