How to Take a Screenshot on an Apple Mac

If you need to take a screenshot of your screen on a Mac, there are a few different ways to do it. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to take a screenshot on a Mac using a few different methods.

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Introduction

In order to take a screenshot on an Apple Mac, you will need to press a few keys on your keyboard. The key combination to take a screenshot is Command + Shift + 3. Once you have pressed those keys, your screen will flash and you will hear camera shutter sound This means that a screenshot has been taken and it will be saved to your desktop.

What is a screenshot?

A screenshot is an image that shows the contents of your computer screen. This can be useful if you want to show someone what you are seeing on your screen, or if you want to save a picture of something for later.

To take a screenshot on an Apple Mac, follow the steps below.

Why take a screenshot on a Mac?

A screenshot is an image that shows what’s on your Mac’s screen. You can take a screenshot of the entire screen or just a portion of it. The images are automatically saved as .png files on your desktop.

There are many reasons might want to take a screenshot on your Mac. Maybe you want to share what you’re seeing on your screen with someone else, or perhaps you want to capture a specific image to use in a project. Screenshots can also be helpful when troubleshooting technical issues. Regardless of the reason, taking screenshots on a Mac is easy to do.

How to take a screenshot on a Mac

Knowing how to take a screenshot is a vital skill for any Mac user. Screenshots are a great way to share what’s on your screen with others, and can be a helpful troubleshooting tool. There are a few different ways to take a screenshot on a Mac, and in this article we’ll cover all the different methods.

The entire screen

To take a screenshot of the entire screen, press and hold three keys together Shift, Command, and 3. If you see a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. Or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop.

A selected portion of the screen

To take a screenshot of a portion of the screen, first make sure that the area you want to screenshot is visible on the screen. Then, press and hold these three keys together: Shift, Command, and 4.

You’ll see your pointer change to a crosshair. Drag the crosshair to select the area of the screen you want to capture. When you’re finished selecting, release your mouse or trackpad button. To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key.

A file called “Screenshot [date]” will appear on your desktop.

A window or menu

Here’s how to take a screenshot of an open window:

1. Click the window or menu to capture.
2. Press Shift-Command-5 on your keyboard.
3. Click the Capture button that appears in the onscreen controls, or press the Space bar. To cancel, press the Esc (Escape) key.
4. To choose where to save your screenshot, do any of the following:
• Drag the thumbnail to move it offscreen slightly, then release your mouse or trackpad button. The thumbnail will animate into a full-size screenshot in the right corner of your screen. To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key before clicking to beginanimation offscreen.
• To take a screenshot without using any other keys on your keyboard, click Options in the onscreen controls and select one of these options: Show Floating Thumbnail to have the thumbnail temporarily appear in the corner of your screen when you take a screenshot; Save To Desktop; or Copy To Clipboard

How to edit a screenshot

To get started, open the image in the Photos app. Click the “Edit” button in the upper-right corner of the window. In the editing interface, click the “Filters” button (it looks like three circles) in the lower-left corner of the window. A menu of filter options appears.

Crop

To crop in on your screenshot after you take it, press and hold the Control key while you click the screenshot in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click the screenshot, then click Crop. To move the cropping area, drag it. To resize the cropping area, drag one of the handles. To finish cropping your screenshot, press the Space bar or choose Edit > Trim.

Highlight

Open the screenshot in the app you want to use. For example, open the screenshot in Preview if you want to mark up the screenshot with text or shapes. If you want to edit the screenshot in another image editor, such as Photoshop, open the screenshot in that app.

Click the Tools button , then choose Annotate.

Click Highlight, then drag across the part of the screenshot that you want to highlight. To change how your highlight looks, click the Highlight button , then click a different highlight style.

Annotate

You can do this in the Markup tool, which is built in to Photos. This is handy if you want to quickly annotate a screenshot before sending it to someone. To do this:
-Take the screenshot as normal, then click the thumbnail of the screenshot to open it in Preview.
-Click the Toolbox icon, then choose Markup from the menu that appears.
-Click and drag to select the area of the screenshot you want to annotate, then release the mouse button.
-Click the annotation tool you want to use from the toolbar that appears, then click and drag on the screenshot to add your annotation.
-When you’re finished, click Done.

Conclusion

Taking a screenshot on an Apple Mac is pretty simple. In most cases, all you need to do is press Shift-Command (⌘)-3. This will take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it as a file on your desktop.

If you only want to take a screenshot of a portion of your screen, use Shift-Command-4 instead. This will turn your cursor into a crosshair, which you can then click and drag to select the area you want to capture. When you let go of the mouse button, your selection will be saved as a file on your desktop.

To take a screenshot of a specific window, press Shift-Command-5 instead. This will bring up a menu that allows you to either take a screenshot of your entire screen or just the selected window.

And that’s all there is to it! Taking screenshots on an Apple Mac is quick and easy, so there’s no excuse not to capture those perfect moments.

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