How To Screenshot On Mac

How To Screenshot On Mac

Taking a screenshot is a useful trick to know on your computer. Thankfully, taking a screenshot (or screen grab) on OS X is incredibly simple. These are the commands to take different kinds of screenshots on your Macbook or other Mac computer.

Method One of Five:

Take a Screenshot of the Whole Screen
1
Hold down the keys:Command + Shift + 3 You should hear a brief camera sound. This is the most basic screenshot: it will take a picture of your whole screen at that moment.
2
Find the screenshot as a png file on the desktop with the nameScreenshot time/date.

Method Two of Five:

Take a Screenshot of a Selection
1
Hold down the keys:Command + Shift + 4 Your cursor will turn into a small reticule with pixel coordinate numbers to the lower left.
2
Click and hold your mouse or trackpad and drag the cursor to select a rectangular area you wish to screenshot.You can press the Esc key to start over without taking the photo.
3
Release the click to take the picture.Again, your file will be saved on your desktop.
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Method Three of Five:

Take a Screenshot of a Window
1
Hold down Command + Shift + 4 + Space.This will turn your cursor into a small camera icon and whatever window you are hovering hover will be highlighted blue.
2
Highlight the window you want to screenshot.To find the right window, you can cycle through your open applications with Command + Tab or use F3 to array all your open windows. Press Esc to cancel without taking a photo.
3
Click the highlighted window.Find your file on the desktop.
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Method Four of Five:

Save a Screenshot to the Clipboard
1
Hold down the Ctrl key and perform any of the above commands.This will save your screenshot to the clipboard instead of as a file on the desktop.
2
Paste the screenshot into a word processing document, an email or an image editor by holding down keys Command + V or selectingPastefrom theEditmenu.
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Method Five of Five:

Take a Screenshot in Preview
1
Launch Preview.Find it in the the applications folder of the Finder, and double click on its icon.
2
Open the File menu and move your cursor over Take Screen Shot.
3
SelectFrom Selection,From Window, orFrom Entire Screen
*.From Selectionwill turn your cursor into a reticle. Click and drag across the rectangular area you which to capture.
*.From Windowwill turn your cursor into a camera icon. Highlight the window you want to capture and click.
*.Entire Screenwill start a countdown. Arrange your screen how you want it captured and wait for the timer to run down.
4
Save your new image.The screenshot will immediately open up as an untitled Preview image window. Open the file menu and selectSave. Type a name, select a location and file type, and clickSave

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