How to Screenshot on Your Apple MacBook

A screenshot is an image taken of whatever is on your screen. Today we’re going to show you how to take a screenshot on your Apple MacBook.

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Taking a screenshot is one of the most useful skills you can have on your computer. Whether you want to save an image for later, share what’s on your screen with someone, or simply capture something before it disappears, a screenshot is often best way to do it.

On an Apple MacBook, there are several ways to take a screenshot. In this article, we’ll show you how to do it.


Capturing a screenshot is a handy way to save a picture of whatever is on your MacBook’s display. In this article, we’ll show you how to take a screenshot on your MacBook, including how to screenshot a selected portion of your screen and how to screenshot an active window.

The Keyboard Method

There are a couple different ways that you can take a screenshot on your Apple MacBook. You can use the keyboard method, or you can use the screengrabbing tool that is included in the operating system.

To take a screenshot using the keyboard method, you will need to press three keys at the same time: Shift + Command + 3. This will take a picture of your entire screen and save it as a file on your computer.

If you only want to take a picture of a portion of your screen, you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + 4. This will bring up a crosshair that you can use to select the area of your screen that you want to capture. Once you have selected the area, let go of all three keys and your screenshot will be saved as a file on your computer.

The Grab Tool

Open the window that you want to screenshot. Press Shift-Command (⌘)-5 on your keyboard to see the on-screen controls for taking screenshots:

To use any of these controls, click the control icon to begin recording the screenshot, then do one of the following:

Click Capture entire screen in the on-screen controls.
Click and drag to select an area of your screen. To move the entire selection, press and hold Space bar while you drag. To cancel taking a screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key before clicking to capture.
After you take a screenshot, a thumbnail temporarily appears in the lower-right corner of your screen. Take no action or swipe the thumbnail to the right and it disappears after a few moments. If you want to edit it immediately, tap

The Preview Tool

Open the snapshot you want to edit in the Preview tool.
Click on the “Tools” icon in the top toolbar, which looks like a couple of overlapping circles.
Hover your mouse over the “Snapshot” option that appears in the drop-down menu.
Click on the type of screenshot you want to take from the three options that appear.


In conclusion, there are many ways to take a screenshot on your Apple MacBook. Each method has its benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the one that’s right for you.

If you need to take a screenshot frequently, it’s worth learning how to use the built-in tools. If you only need to take a screenshot occasionally, the third-party tools may be more convenient.

Whichever method you choose, we hope this guide has helped you take great screenshots on your Apple MacBook!

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