How To Take A Screenshot On A Mac

Screenshots on a Mac

Knowing how to take a screenshot on your Macbook or iMac is certainly a useful skill. There are a variety of reasons you might need to take a screen shot. Perhaps you need to document a payment you made, a picture you've come across, or you need to demonstrate something on your desktop. Whatever the reason, taking screenshots on your Mac is very easy to do!

An entire screenshot of a Mac desktop.
An entire screenshot of a Mac desktop.

Take An Entire Screenshot

To capture the entirety of your screen in your screenshot, simply press COMMAND (the Apple key), SHIFT, and the number 3 at the same time. Voila! If your volume is turned up on your Mac, you will most likely hear a camera sound as well. The image will show up on your desktop titled "Screen Shot" with a time stamp to indicate when the screenshot was taken.

Use the screen selection feature to capture a specific section of your screen.
Use the screen selection feature to capture a specific section of your screen.

Take a Selective Screenshot on a Mac

In some instances you may just want to take a screenshot of a specific section of your screen. This feature is great for capturing images you may not be able to save to your machine directly or download. To take a screen selection shot, hold down COMMAND (the Apple key), SHIFT and the number 4 all at the same time. A cursor will appear in place of your mouse. Place the cursor over the content you wish to capture, drag to fit the area and release the mouse. There you have it! A file will show up on your desktop titled "Screen Shot" with a time stamp to indicate the time of capture.

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