How To Take A Screenshot On Your Mac (5 Ways To Easily Capture Anything You See On Your Mac Screen)

On a Mac, you can take a screenshot using keyboard shortcuts in four different ways, and if you have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can even do it a fifth way.

MacOS saves, deletes, and opens screenshots for editing in several simple ways. These pointers also apply to the most recent Macs, which have recently been upgraded with a new M2 chip for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and a much deeper physical redesign in MacBook Air.

Method 1: How To Take A Screenshot On Macbook

To capture the entire screen of your MacBook, press and hold the Shift+Command+3 Keys.

After taking the screenshot, you will see a thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. Or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop.

Method 2: How To Capture A Portion Of Your Macbook Air Screen

To screenshot a specific portion of your MacBook Air screen, press and hold the Shift + Command + 4 Keys.

Your mouse cursor will turn into a crosshair. Drag the crosshair to select the area of the screen to capture.

Release the mouse button or trackpad to capture the selected area, or press the Esc key to cancel.

After taking the screenshot, you will see a thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. Or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop.

Method 3: How to Screenshot A Specific Window Or Menu On Mac

You can do a lot with the “Capture Portion” method, to screenshot a specific window or menu on your Macbook, press and hold the Shift + Command + 4 + Space bar Keys.

The crosshair sign changes to a camera icon. Hover the camera cursor over the window you want to capture and click on it. This method captures screenshots with a white border and a drop shadow around the window.

To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key.

After taking the screenshot, you will see a thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. Or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop.

To lock in the shape and size: Once you’ve highlighted the area you want to screenshot, hold down the space bar to lock the box’s size. Then you can drag the box anywhere on the screen. Just let go of the space bar to take the screenshot.

To adjust the height and width: Create a highlighted area by dragging the crosshair before pressing and holding the Shift key. You can adjust the box’s height and width by pressing the Shift key. When you let go of the mouse button or trackpad, you take the screenshot.

Method 4: Using the Screenshot App on MacOs

You can access the current macOS version (Mojave, Big Sur, and Catalina) Screenshot App by pressing Shift + Command + 5 keys. A small menu will appear at the bottom of the screen.

You can use the three icons on the left to take a screenshot of the entire screen, a specific window, or a highlighted area. The next two buttons to the right will allow you to record a video of the entire screen or just a highlighted area.

The Capture button on the far right will take the screenshot. To exit taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key.

On the far right, there is a menu labeled Options. You can choose where to save your screenshot from this menu on the far right. This menu also provides options for setting the amount of time between pressing the “Capture” button and taking the screenshot, as well as other features.

In this same menu, when the Show Floating Thumbnail option turned on by default is enabled, a tiny thumbnail of the screenshot appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen after you take a picture. You cannot save the screenshot to your computer until the thumbnail disappears after a few seconds.

However, you may click the thumbnail before it disappears to open the image in a new window where you can edit or add to it. You can as well crop, share, or remove the image using your Apple ID account via this window.

To Screenshot On Touch Bar Macbook

Although not all Macs have a Touch Bar, you can capture a screenshot of what is currently displayed on the Touch Bar of your 13-inch MacBook Pro, or an older 15- or 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Press the Command + Shift + 6 Keys to capture a very wide screenshot of your Touch Bar.

Where To Find Your Mac screenshots

By default, screenshots save to your desktop with the title “Screen Shot, the date and the time you took it +.png.”

In macOS Mojave, you can change the default location of saved screenshots from the Options menu in the Screenshot app. You can also drag the thumbnail to a folder or document.

You can change the location that your screenshots get saved to by simply pressing the Shift + Command + 5 Keys to open the screenshot menu, then click Options. Use the menu that appears to select a new Save to location.

CONCLUSION

One of the more common tasks that we need to do on our Macbooks is to take screenshots. This is why we”ve listed the different ways you can screenshot on your Macbook and teach you how to take a screenshot with just one click.

Whether you are looking to capture important information while you are working or want to quickly share something interesting with a friend, this guide will help you get started. Thanks for reading!

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