How to Take a Screenshot on Macbook

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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.

 Best Ways to take Mac screenshots

Do you want to take a screenshot of an entire screen, part of the screen, or a window? Let us check how you can do it.

Take a screenshot of the entire screen

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

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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 the ‘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

Click and drag to take a screenshot of a region. 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 screenshot. 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.

3. 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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