How to Take a Screenshot on Macbook (Easy Methods)

Screenshot Mac

Screenshot Mac

As a regular MacBook user, you may need to take screenshots on various occasions. It may be for tutorials, video making, or classroom presentations. A grabbed image will help you to present things in a better way.

Taking a screenshot on MacBook is so simple as you would think. Today we’ll explain different ways to capture screenshots on your Mac computer.

 5 Ways to take Mac screenshots

Let us check how to take a screenshot on your MacBook. 

Take a screenshot of the entire screen

Press and hold these keyword combinations to take a screen shot of your entire screen on Mac.

screenshot macBook

1. Shift + Command

Press and hold Shift + Command (⌘) keys together on your keyboard to view on-screen controls. Click the ‘Capture entire screen’ (the Capture Entire Screen button) icon. Now your pointer will be converted to a camera icon. Click any screen to take a screenshot or tap Capture on the on-screen menu.

2. Shift + Command + 3

It is another keyboard shortcut to capture your entire screen. Press the keyboard combination of Shift + Command + 3 and you should hear a camera sound now. The entire screen will be recorded and you can see the output on Desktop as a .png file in ‘screenshot date at time’ name.

Take a screenshot of part of the screen

Want to take a screenshot of a selected area? Learn what to do.

1. Shift + Command

Use the keyboard shortcut combinations of Shift + Command (⌘) to get on-screen controls. Click ‘Capture a selected portion’ ( the Capture Selected Portion button) icon from the menu. Click and drag to select a portion of your screen to take a screenshot. When finished, tap Capture from the on-screen controls.

2. Shift + Command  + 4

Press and hold Shift + Command + 4 keys on your MacBook Air. Now your pointer will change into a reticle form.

Mac screenshots
Courtesy: Apple.com

Click and drag to take a screenshot of a region.

Done. Leave the mouse to save your screenshot on the desktop.

Here’re a few other ways to take a Mac screenshot via Shift + Command + 4, 

  • Press and hold the space bar until you see a camera icon. Drag it to the desired part of your screen to take a screenshot. Then, the selected area will appear in a light blue color. The screenshot will save to your desktop in .png format with the label ‘screenshot’ and date and time of recording the screen. 
  • Press and release the space bar to see a camera icon. Drag it over a particular area to take the screen shot. Click anywhere in the selected area to save your screenshot. 

Take a screenshot of a window

1. Shift + Command

Hold down Shift and Command (⌘) keys to see the on-screen menu. Click ‘Capture a Window’ (the Capture Selected Window button ) option. Your pointer will be converted to a camera icon. Click a window to take a screenshot. Tap Capture from on-screen controls to grab the image.

2. Shift + Command + 4 + Space

Press Shift + Command + 4 + Space shortcut keys on your MacBook. Now you will see the cursor in the form of a camera icon. Click a window to capture it.

Shift + Command + 5

If you are using macOS Mojave or later versions, a separate Screenshots app is also available to record your screen. Press Shift + Command + 5 to open the app.

It will contain a number of tools like this, 

MacOS Mojave screenshots

Mouse over a tool to know more about it. They allow you to take a screenshot of your entire screen, a window, a portion of the screen, record an entire screen, and record a portion of the screen respectively. 

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