Take a Screenshot on macOS

Take a Screenshot on macOS

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Taking screenshots on your Mac are great for sharing photos, conversations on social media, and so much more. We're going to show you just how to accomplish this simple task. :)

How to Screenshot Your Entire Screen

  1. Open all the apps and windows you want to include in your screenshot, and arrange them just exactly the way you want to see them saved.
  2. Press Command + Shift + 3 all at the same time.
  3. You'll hear a camera click sound, and your screenshot will appear on your desktop in .PNG format, with the title Screen Shot [Date + Time].
  4. Double click on the screenshot to open and share it with Preview. Right click and choose Open With, or drag and drop it, to open and share it with another app.



How to Screenshot Part of Your Screen
  1. Set up all the apps and windows you want to screenshot, and arrange them exactly the way you want to see them saved.
  2. Press Command + Shift + 4 all at the same time.



3. Place the new crosshair cursor at one corner of the area you want to capture (for example, top left), and click and hold.
4. Drag the crosshairs to the opposite corner (for example, bottom right).
5. The crosshairs give you a precise pixel count if you want a specific size (or even to measure). Hold down Option to change the lock point to the center of the area. Hold down Shift to lock all sides but the one in the direction you're currently moving.
6. When you're happy with the area, *let go** of the mouse button or trackpad. Whatever is contained in the outline is what you'll screenshot.
7. You'll hear a camera click sound, and your screenshot will appear on your desktop in .PNG format, with the title Screen Shot [Date + Time].
8. Double click on the screenshot to open and share it with Preview. Right click and choose Open With, or drag and drop it, to open and share it with another app.

How to Screenshot a Certain App Window

  1. Open the app and window you want to screenshot.
  2. Press Command + Shift + 4 all at the same time. Your cursor will turn into crosshairs.



3. Press the Spacebar. Your cursor will turn into a camera.
4. Place the camera cursor on top of the window you want to screenshot. The window will tint blue so you can make sure it's the right one.
5. Click to take the screenshot.
6. You'll hear a camera click sound, and your screenshot will appear on your desktop in .PNG format, with the title Screen Shot [Date + Time].
7. Double click on the screenshot to open and share it with Preview. Right click and choose Open With, or drag and drop it, to open and share it with another app.
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