Do you know, how to take a screenshot on your Mac? If you’re previously using Windows PC, you might be wondering how to take a screenshot on a Mac without “Print Screen” key on your keyboard. On Mac system, the shortcuts keys are different to capture a screenshot. You can capture your entire screen or selected portion of it and saved to different file formats like PNG, JPG, TIFF, PDF etc.
How To Take A Screenshot Of Your Entire Screen
Press Command ⌘ + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously.
Your Mac captures the entire screen and saves it as a PNG file on the desktop.
The file name will look like “Screen shot 2018-07-25 at 10.30.00 PM. png”.
How To Take A Screenshot Of Selected Portion Of Screen
Press Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously.
Now the pointer changes to a crosshair and use your mouse to draw a rectangle in order to specify the portion to capture. You can also drag to select an area, while dragging, you can hold Shift, Option, or Spacebar to change the way the selection moves.
When you’ve selected the portion to capture, release your mouse or trackpad button. The screenshot will be saved as .png file on your desktop with default name Screen shot 2018-07-24 at 08.45.00 AM.
How To Take A Screenshot Of A Window
Press Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously. The pointer changes to a crosshair.
Now press the Space bar, the pointer changes to a camera.
To highlight the window, move the camera over it and click your mouse or trackpad.
Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.
How To Take A Screenshot Of The Touch Bar (MacBook Pro)
This method works on Mac with a Touch Bar and macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later.
Press Command ⌘ + Shift + 6 keys simultaneously.
Your Mac captures the entire Touch Bar and saves it as .png file on the desktop.
How To Take A Timed Screenshot
Grab is a utility inbuilt with macOS, just press cmd+space and type Grab to open it.
You can use Grab to take a timed screenshot, Launch Grab > Capture > Timed Screen and click on “Start Timer“.
The Timed screen option gives you a 10 second delay before the screenshot is captured.
How To Save Screenshot To Clipboard
To save your screenshot to the Clipboard instead of your Mac desktop, add Control to the key combinations.
Control + Command ⌘ + Shift + 3
Control + Command ⌘ + Shift + 4
Control + Command ⌘ + Shift + 6
Your Mac takes a screenshot and copies it to the clipboard instead of saving it as .png file.
How To Take A Screenshot Using Preview
Preview is the image viewer and PDF viewer of the macOS operating system; it enables users to view and print digital images and Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
Open Preview and head to File > Take Screenshot to capture screenshot from selection, window, entire screen.
You can also save your screenshots in JPG, TIFF, PDF and other file formats using Preview.
How To Take A Screenshot Using Terminal
Open the “Terminal” and enter the following command.
screencapture -T 10 ~/Desktop/screenshot.png