How to take a Screenshot on a Mac: The Easiest way

So you want to take a screenshot on a Mac But you don’t know how to do it??

Many of the users who just shift to Mac after using windows for a long time usually come across this problem as In windows, you have a PrtScn button on the keyboard by which you take a screenshot of the whole screen on windows.

But when it comes to do that thing on Mac, it becomes quite difficult as there is not any PrtScn button in Mac by which you can take screenshot on a mac.

In this post, I am going to tell you how you can take screenshot of full screen or screenshot of a selective area on a Mac Laptop/PC.I will tell you some easy shortcuts by which you will be able to take screenshot on a mac full screen or of a selective are very easily. I will also show you some advance methods to do that. So, Let’s dive in!

How To Take a Screenshot On a Mac:

The Most easiest way to take screen shot on a Mac is to Hold Down 3 Keys- COMMAND, SHIFT & 3 [Number]  at the same time. Doing this will result in the capture of the whole screen of your Mac.

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This Screenshot file is save on your Desktop  screen with a .PNG extension and looks like “Screen shot 2018-01-11 at 09.47.00 AM.png

How to Screenshot on Mac : Copy and Paste in another app:

If you want to just copy the entire screen and paste it into another application, then all you have to do is just press Ctrl with the above key combination. Now, the above key combination looks like-

COMMAND+SHIFT+Ctrl+3

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What the above function does is- It does not save the screenshot file on your desktop screen either it copies it into the clipboard and  you can paste it anywhere in any application for example, Photoshop.

How to Take a screenshot on Mac: Selected area

But what if you want to capture only a selective area on your Mac screen????

To do this , You just need to press COMMAND+SHIFT+4 which brings up a handy screenshot selection tool on your Mac screen. You can click and drag this selection tool to select the area of the screen you want to capture. Just leave  it and your selected area gets save on your desktop.

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Likewise, COMMAND+CTRL+SHIFT+4 copies the selected are of the screen to the clipboard and it is ready to paste in any of the computer application.

How to Take a Screenshot on a mac Laptop:Full window

You can also capture the screenshot of a full window on Mac by using the combination COMMAND+SHIFT+4 and the pressing SPACE.

how to take a full screenshot on a mac

Also when using COMMAND+SHIFT+4 , you can use the Modifier key SPACE  to drag  the selected area anywhere on the screen. You can use these commands with the above key combination:

SHIFT- It enables you to drag only one edge of the selection tool at a time.

OPTION- It enables you to lock the Center of the area of the selection tool.

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If you are still not getting the shortcuts that  I mentioned, you can take help from this video:

Summing it all up:

Screenshot Key CombinationAction PerformedStorage Location
COMMAND+SHIFT+3Captures Entire ScreenSaved to desktop
COMMAND+SHIFT+3+CTRLCopies the entire screenCopied to Clipboard
COMMAND+SHIFT+4Captures Selected Area of the ScreenSaved to Desktop
COMMAND+SHIFT+4+CTRLCopies the Selected Area of the ScreenSaved to Clipboard
COMMAND+SHIFT+4,SPACECaptures Entire WindowSaved to Desktop
COMMAND+SHIFT+4+CTRL,SPACECaptures Entire windowCopied to Clipboard

ProTip:

Moreover, If you cannot remember all these keyboard shortcuts, you can use an Application called GRAB that provides various options to Take screenshot on a Mac.

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