Guide on How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac OS – When you first move from a Windows OS to an Mac OS like High Sierra and want to take a screen shot you tend to look for the Print Screen button. Then you ask yourself the question – How to take a screenshot on a Mac? Does Mac have a screenshot tool? Well the answer is Mac dose not have one a Print Screen button like Windows. Instead a screenshot on a Mac OS it has Keyboard shortcuts and the grab tool . So we decided to put together a guide on how to take screen shots with them. There are a few ways but we will show you the easiest.
Keyboard shortcuts to take a screenshot on Mac
The Mac OS provides us with hotkeys that all us to carry out any action and system task. Some people are so good with these hotkeys that they don’t need a mouse or track pad to get around the Mac OS.
The first set key combinations will suit most people as they may not need anything more.
To take a shot of a full Desktop screen –
Shift + Command + 3
Take a screenshot of a certain area of your Desktop –
Shift + Command + 4
You will see a mouse pointer change to the one shown in the image below.
If you want to take a screenshot of a certain window –
Shift + Command + 4 + Space
These will create a file on the desktop, from there you can open the file and view it. If you need to take screenshot but copy it to the clipboard then you can use the below hotkeys combinations:
If you want to save a screenshot of a full Desktop to the Clipboard.
Shift + Command +3 + Control
Or save a screenshot of a certain area to the Clipboard.
Shift + Command + 4 + Control
May be you want to save a screenshot of a certain Window to the Clipboard.
Shift + Command + 4 + Space + Control
Once done, all you have to do is press Command + V to paste the picture. You can also do this via the Menu → Edit → Paste, if you prefer. This is handy if you want to edit the capture in a more advance photo editor like adobe or any graphics or text editor. Now if you don’t like the hotkeys and you want a more point and click way, then the Mac OS has you covered. Mac has a application call Grab, this also lets you take a screenshot on a Mac, you can open it by :
- searching via Spotlight – search for Grab
- then Once Grab is open go to Capture and select the method you want to capture the screen or window by.