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:
- 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
- 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.