Do you want to know how to take a screenshot on a Mac?

Taking a screenshot is like taking a digital copy of exactly what is on your screen, which you can save for later reference or share with someone to show them what you are looking at. In an earlier Tech Help article, I covered how to take a screenshot with an iPhone, but now you may be wondering if you can do the same thing on your Mac. Well you can, and the easy how to instructions are below!

How to take a screenshot on a Mac…

Taking a screenshot with a Mac is very simple, and can be done quickly and easily using a keyboard shortcut. There are a few different shortcuts you can use depending upon what you want to take a screenshot of, and what you plan on doing with your screenshot, and so I will outline the possible combinations below:

To take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it as a file on the desktop:

Press Command + Shift + 3 to take a screenshot of your entire screen, and this will save the image as a file directly to your desktop.

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Press Command + Shift + 3

To take a screenshot of a specific area and save it as a file on the desktop:

Press Command + Shift + 4, and then select an area using your mouse.  This will take a screenshot of the area you selected and then will save the image as a file directly to your desktop.

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Press Command + Shift + 4

To take a screenshot of a specific window and save it as a file on the desktop:

Press Command + Shift + 4, then Space, and then click a window.  This will take a screenshot of a specific window and then save the image as a file directly to your desktop.

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Press Command + Shift + 4, then Space

 

To take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it to your clipboard:

Press Command + Control + Shift + 3 to take a screenshot of your entire screen, and this will save the image to your clipboard so that you can paste it wherever you need to.

 

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Press Command + Control + Shift + 3

To take a screenshot of a specific area and save it to your clipboard:

Press Command + Control + Shift + 4, and then select an area using your mouse.  This will take a screenshot of the area you selected and then will save the image to your clipboard so that you can paste it wherever you need to.

 

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Press Command + Control + Shift + 4

To take a screenshot of a specific window and save it to your clipboard:

Press Command + Control + Shift + 4, then Space, and then click a window.  This will take a screenshot of a specific window and then save the image to your clipboard so that you can paste it wherever you need to.

 

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Press Command + Control + Shift + 4, then Space

 

Alternatively, you can use the Grab utility if you have it installed on your Mac to take a screenshot.  The Grab utility can be found in the Utilities folders, which is typically inside the Applications folder.

 

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- By Jim Sabellico