How to Take Screenshot on MAC?

Take Screenshot on MAC

Taking a screenshot on MAC is as easy as any other smartphone or PC. Printscreen followed by screen-capture, and save. But, as there is no button for ‘Print Screen’ on the MAC keyboard, it is often tricky to take a screenshot. There are a few keyboard combinations and shortcuts to capture screenshot on MAC. You can also find plenty of options using MacOS Sierra, which includes features to capture a particular window to produce images to flaunt and edit.

Taking Screenshot on MAC of the Entire Screen

  • Make sure the screen displays what you exactly want to capture as screenshot image. Check all the relevant windows for visibility.
  • Press Command button + Shift + 3.
  • Find the screenshot image on the desktop. It is saved as “screenshot” with date and time. Previous versions of OS X saved screenshot images as “Picture #” where # represents a number.

Taking a Screenshot on MAC of a Part of the Screen

  • Press buttons Command + Shift + 4. Notice that the cursor turns into a cross-hair reticle.
  • Click and gently drag the cursor and highlight the area you want to take a screenshot You would notice a gray colored rectangle on the screen. You can adjust the window by pressing Escape. If you are satisfied, simply tap the mouse button. If you hear a shutter sound on your computer, your screenshot is taken.
  • You can find the screenshot on the desktop, saved as “screenshot” in .png format labeled with date and time.

How to Take a Screenshot of an Open MAC Window?

  • Steps to take a screenshot of an Open Window are the same as taking a screenshot of a part of the screen. Only one additional step is to press the Spacebar. So, tap Command + Shift + 4 and then tap the Spacebar.
  • Move the cursor over the window you want to take a screenshot of. The camera highlights different windows in blue when you move the cursor over it. You can also use keyboard commands like Command + Tab to shift through the windows.
  • Click on the window to save the picture to your desktop just like other screenshots.

Tips to Save Screenshot to the MAC Clipboard

  • Tap Command + Control + Shift + 3. The screenshot does not create a file immediately. Rather, the image is saved to the clipboard and the temporary storage area.
  • Use Command + Edit or V and Paste the image. You can paste the screenshot image directly into a compatible application like Word document, email service, and/or any image-editing program.

Taking Screenshot on MAC Using the Grab Utility Tool

  • Select Applications > Utilities > Grab. This opens MAC Grab application. You can see the menu in the upper left corner of the screen, but windows do not open.
  • Tap the Capture menu and select from the 4 options:
  1. To capture a picture of the full screen, click on the Screen option. A window pops up asking you to click and confirming that the window would not appear in your shot
  2. To take picture of a certain part of the screen, choose option Selection. A window pops up asking you to drag the mouse over the part of the screen you want to capture
  • To capture a particular window, select option Window and click on the window you want to shoot
  • In the fourth step, choose Save or Save As and store the file.

Few Important Pointers

  • All the aforementioned methods work with OS X EI Capitan, OS Sierra, OS X Yosemite and older versions of the latest MAC OS.
  • Some of these apps, especially the ones designed for playing copy-protected audio-visuals, may not allow enable have screenshot feature enabled – meaning, you may not be able to take a screenshot of such videos.

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