How to Take Screenshot on Mac

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How to take a screenshot on Mac?

To take a screenshot on Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Press Shift-Command-5 keys on your keyboard.
  2. Select Capture Entire Screen, Capture Selected Window, or Capture Selected Portion depending on the type of screenshot you want.
  3. Click on the window or part of the screen if you want to capture something other than the entire screen.

Taking screenshots is self-explanatory and easy. However, this is not always the case, especially if you are moving from Windows PC to Mac. If you are lost without the Print Screen Key, you need not worry: learning how to take a screenshot on Mac is a cinch.

In this article, we’ll show you how to take all types of screenshots on Mac. Whether you are using macOS Mojave or High Sierra and want to capture a window, entire screen, or just a selected area of the screen, relax. We’ll help you take a variety of high-quality screenshots,

Besides, you’ll learn how to edit and save screenshots on Mac. Even better, after reading this guide, it will be a breeze to find screenshots stored in Mac. As a result, you’ll have all the skills you need to take, locate, and edit screenshots on Mac without resorting to those graphic design software.

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If you are using macOS Mojave, Shift-Command-5 is the magic keyboard shortcut. With this shortcut, you can take all types and screengrabs. Besides, you can use the shortcut to record videos of your screen. However, if you are using other versions of macOS like High Siera, you will use Shift-Command-3 and Shift-Command-4.

How to screenshot an entire screen on Mac

Do you want to explain a long process using a single screen? If yes, then this how you capture the whole screen on Mac. Luckily, macOS provides detailed procedures for both Mojave and other macOS versions.

Firstly, to take a screenshot in Mojave:

1. Press Shift-Command-5 keys on your keyboard. The onscreen capture controls will pop up.

onscreen capture control

2. Select the first option, Capture Entire Screen. The cursor should change to a camera.

capture entire screen

3. Click anywhere on your device’s screen to capture the entire display. Even more, select Capture in the on onscreen control tab to take a screenshot of the entire screen.

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4. A thumbnail of the just captured screenshot will appear for a few seconds in the right corner.  You can click on the thumbnail to view the screenshot.

Secondly, to take a screenshot in other macOS versions:

  1. Press Shift-Command-3 keys on your keyboard.
  2. That’s it. Your screenshot will be saved on your desktop.

How to screenshot a window on Mac

Additionally, capturing a window on Mac is fairly easy.

In Mojave:

1. Fress Shift-Command-5 to get the onscreen capture controls. (image1)

onscreen capture control

2. Select the second option, Capture Selected Window. Your cursor should change to a camera. (image4)

capture selected window

3. Hover the pointer over the window you want to capture. Check to see if the correct window is highlighted in blue. Now, click on that window. The screenshot will be saved on your desktop.

4. As you may notice, the window shadow appears on the screenshot. To take a screenshot without the window’s shadow, press and hold the Option key while you click.

In other macOS versions:

  1. Press Shift-Command-4 on your keyboard. Your cursor will become a crosshair. To change it to a camera icon, press the Space bar.
  2. Hover over the window you want to screenshot. Press and hold the Option key to remove the window’s shadow and then click the window.
  3. That’s it. The window’s screenshot will be saved on your desktop.

How to capture a selected area on Mac

In Mojave:

  1. First, press Shift-Command-5 keys on your keyboard to view the onscreen capture controls tab.

view the onscreen capture controls tab

2. Second, select the third capture option; Capture Selected Portion. The cursor will change to a crosshair. Click and drag to cover the area you want to screenshot.

Capture Selected Portion

3. To move the whole area, drag from within the selected area.

4. Finally, click Capture to save the screenshot on your desktop.

In other macOS versions:

  1. First, press Shift-Command-4. Your pointer should change to a crosshair. Click and drag to cover the area you want to screenshot.
  2. To move the whole area, press and hold the Space bar as you drag.
  3. Finally, release your mouse. The screenshot will be saved on your desktop.

In Mojave:

  1. First, click the menu you want to capture to reveal its content.
  2. Next, depending on the type of menu you want to capture, follow the steps to capture a window, an entire screen, or capture a selected portion.

In other macOS versions:

  1. Just like in Mojave, click the menu you want to screenshot to reveal its content.
  2. Next, press Shift-Command-4. Here you have two options:
    1. One, drag to cover the whole area of your menu and release your mouse to save the screenshot.
    2. Second, press the Space bar to change the cursor to a camera icon. Hover the camera icon over your menu to capture it.
  3. The menu’s screenshot will be saved on your desktop.

How to capture Touch Bar on Mac

Now macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later or any other Mac device with a Touch Bar gives you an option to take a screenshot of the Touch Bar.

  1. Press Shift-Command-6. This will capture the content displayed on your Touch Bar. As usual, the screenshot will be saved on your desktop.
  2. Additionally, you can customize the Control Strip of the Touch Bar to add a screenshot button.

How to take timed screenshots on Mac

Moreover, macOS Mojave gives you an option to set a timer for your screenshots. To take timed screenshots on Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Press Shift-Command-5 to view the onscreen screenshot toolbar.
  2. Next, click Options.
  3. Finally, under the Timer, select either None, 5 seconds, or 10 seconds to set the timer.

How to Show the Pointer in Screenshot on Mac

Sometimes, you may want to show the cursor or mouse pointer in your screenshots. Fortunately, if you are using macOS Mojave, you can do it with ease.

  1. Press Shift-Command-5 to reveal the onscreen capture controls panel.
  2. Next, click Options.
  3. You should be able to see Show Mouse Pointer as one of the options. Finally, click this option to show the mouse pointer in your screenshot.

Where are screenshots saved on Mac?

Learning how to take a screenshot on Mac is one thing—finding them is another. So, where do screenshots go on Mac once you capture them? Is it easy to find Mac screenshots?

By default, all screenshots captured on Mac are stored on your desktop. As a result, it should be pretty easy to find the screenshots you take on mac. Also, all screenshots are automatically timestamped with the day and time they were taken before being saved as PNG files. As a result, you easily find a Mac screenshot from the crowd using their timestamp.

However, sometimes you want to take a screenshot and immediately paste it into a message or document. In that case, you need to save the Mac screenshot to clipboard. Fortunately, Mac allows you to do this with ease. To save a screenshot in the clipboard, press and hold the Control Key while taking it.

Even better, Apple provides a Universal Clipboard for Mac devices. The Universal Clipboard is a unique cloud cache for your screenshot.  Once you copy a screenshot to the Universal Clipboard, it’s a breeze to paste it on another Mac device.

Moreover, if you want to declutter your desktop, you can change the location where screenshots are stored. If you are using macOS Mojave, follow these steps.

  1. Press Shift-Command-5.
  2. Click Options to view the Save to section.
  3. From here, you can easily change the screenshot default folder. You can pick a location from the list or navigate to find your preferred folder.

Even more, you can Control-click the thumbnail which appears in the bottom-right corner. You’ll get an option to change the default save location. Also, you can drag the thumbnail and drop it to your preferred save location.

How to edit and troubleshoot screenshots on Mac

By now, you know how to take screenshot on Mac. Next, you should learn how to edit screenshots to suit your requirements. Fortunately, with Mac, you don’t have to purchase expensive graphic design software. This is because Apple provides multiple options to edit the Mac screenshot.

  1. Click the screenshot’s thumbnail in the bottom right corner to open it.
  2. Once the screenshot opens, click Markup to access the editing options.
  3. Annotate, rotate, crop, and make other meaningful editing using the markup tools.
  4. Click Done to save the screenshot.
  5. Next, you can click the Share button to send the screenshot via Message, email, or add to photos.

However, if you need to edit a screenshot like a pro, try professional editing tools like Adobe Photoshop CC.

Taking Mac screenshots need not be difficult

That’s it. You now know how to take a screenshot on Mac. Whether you want to screenshot an entire screen, part of the screen, a window, or a menu, the process of taking the screenshot should be pretty easy.

In summary, there are three vital screenshot Mac shortcuts, namely: Shift-Command-5, Shift-Command-4, and Shift-Command-3. If you are using macOS Mojave, the Shift-Command-5 keyboard shortcut will work perfectly. On the other hand, if you are using macOS Sierra, you’ll find it easy to use Shift-Command-4 or Shift-Command-3. 

On the other hand, if you find the screenshot Mac command to be tiring, you can prioritize learning how to screenshot on Mac without keyboard. This ideally perfect is you are using version like macOS Sierra which support Grab app.

Finally, you should know that screenshot capture controls in macOS Mojave are offered by the Screenshot app. This is a new application that has taken over from the Grab app.

Interestingly, the Screenshot app gives you greater control over your screenshot than Grab app. As a result, you can capture, save, and edit screenshots with unprecedented ease.  However, if you need to edit screenshots and add intricate details, you can look at these Adobe Photoshop alternatives for a solution.  

Save time with screenshots but be wary of infringements

Your mastery of producing screenshots can mean the difference between met deadlines and a visit to your immediate boss.

In the age of social media, sharing screenshots can either help or jeopardize your social media marketing campaign. Generally, visual content intrigues readers or consumers and gives them a whole new perspective on your product. In fact, 32% of marketers claim visual images are a vital form of content marketing

Speaking of which, you can read this marketing statistics compilation to learn more about the power of visual content in marketing.

The Most Important Content for Marketers in 2017

Visual Images



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Source: Social Media Explainer

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As it is, adding images on your websites can be a daunting task, especially with the number of images available online. What you should know is that the online landscape is filled with a slew of hidden copyright infringement snares, especially when it comes to images. As a result, if you are not careful enough you’ll be entangled in copyright lawsuits. Then, a picture, which is meant to be worth a thousand words, will be worth a thousand dollars to the person suing you. 

To ensure that nothing goes awry, you should understand the copyright basics. Also, before screenshotting any image, get permission from the image creator. The best thing is that today’s internet users are knowledgeable and will gladly let you use their images, provided you credit them for the work. Besides, if you decide to use stock images, make sure you choose the right license. 

Lastly, understand when the famous “fair use” does and doesn’t apply. Generally, when it comes to copyright the fair use doctrine applies to criticism, comment, or parody. The doctrine permits for some specific use of images provided that that use doesn’t impede the creator’s rights. Basically, fair use is all about how you use an image. As such, you can’t claim fair use by only giving attribution to the image creator.

By Louie Andre

B2B & SaaS market analyst and senior writer for FinancesOnline. He is most interested in project management solutions, believing all businesses are a work in progress. No stranger to small business hiccups and drama, having been involved in a few internet startups. Prior to his for-profit ventures, he has had managed corporate communications for a Kansas City-based Children International unit.

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