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How to Take a Screenshot on Mac

    Apple has the same tagline as “There’s an application for that”; however, macOS is also packed with native features. After all, Apple’s ecosystem is known for its “just-works” nature.

    Apple may have gotten it right on the first try, but there have yet to be any significant updates to Mac’s capability to take screenshots. Mac users can take screenshots and even edit them natively, with ease.

    Learn how to capture a screenshot with your Mac in this tutorial. Next, we’ll look at many other solutions that complement macOS’ native functionality for screenshotting. The screenshot tool can be customized.

    Let’s begin!

    What Is a Screenshot?

    Screenshots can also be called screen captures, snapshots, or prints. The picture shows what is on your computer screen. Simply put, you can take screenshots of anything you see on the device’s screen. A screenshot can be taken and saved in an image format that can later be edited.

    All electronic devices like smartphones, laptops, and tablets must have this feature. It can come in handy for many things, like showing a screenshot to others or providing software reviews.

    Screen Capture: The Complete Screen

    First, capture the whole screen. The method can be used to capture the entire screen. These are the steps you need to take:

    1. Press Command, Shift, and three keys all at the same time.

    2. A sound will indicate the screenshot has been taken.

    3. You will save the screenshot as a file with extension.png.

    The Command + Control+ Shift+3 keys can screenshot the whole screen. Press these three buttons simultaneously if you don’t wish to save the file as an image. The screenshot is copied into the clipboard. This can be pasted into another program.

    Screen capture of a portion

    This may be a window or a specific area of your computer screen. The area you want to capture could be just one window on the screen or even a tiny portion. These are the steps you need to take:

    1. Press the Command+Shift+4 keys simultaneously.

    2. Your cursor becomes a crossed hair.

    3. Drag the crosshairs to select the screen area you wish to capture.

    4. Release the mouse button and take a screenshot.

    5. You will save the screenshot as a file with extension.png.

    You can cancel a screenshot by pressing the Escape key while the selected portion is still on the screen.

    How to make a Mac screenshot

    Photographing a Mac is straightforward.

    You can screenshot the entire display by pressing “Shift+ Command+ 3”.

    You can capture part of the screen by pressing “Shift+Command+4”. Then, drag and click the cursor to select the region you’d like to screen capture.

    2. Your cursor becomes a crossed hair.

    3. Press the Spacebar.

    4. It will now be a small camera.

    5. You can capture a window by moving the camera icon.

    6. Click the window you want to capture a screenshot.

    7. You will save the screenshot as a file with extension.png.

    Screenshots are quickly taken with keyboard shortcuts.

    There are many keyboard shortcuts you can use for customizing your screenshots. Some of the most helpful shortcuts are listed below:

    1. Command + Shift+3: Capture entire screen.

    2. Command + shift + 4: Select a part of your screen.

    3. Grab a specific Window with Command + Shift plus 4 + Spacebar.

    Control: Press the Control key as you capture a screenshot. It will then be copied to your clipboard rather than saved to a file.

    5. Option: Press the Options button to switch the crosshair from a square to a round while taking screenshots. This is useful for capturing objects with circular shapes.

    Print screen a specific area

    Recall that you and I discussed shortcuts before, back to the basics. This is how you can take a snapshot of a particular area.

    The three keys, Shift (Command), 4 (4th), and Command, must be held together.

    Drag the crosshair to choose the part of the display you wish to save. Drag the crosshair while pressing and holding the Spacebar. If you want to stop the screen capture, press Esc.

    Take a screenshot by releasing the mouse or trackpad buttons

    You can change the image by clicking the thumbnail on your display’s right corner. Wait for the screenshot to be saved.

    Lightshot: Mac How-to Take Screenshots

    Start by opening the window on your Mac that you’d like to capture.

    Next, select the Lightshot Screenshots icon (which looks like a bird feather) that is displayed on the top right side of the Menu Bar.

    Take a Screenshot

    To select the screen, use your Mac’s computer mouse.

    The tool is on the lower and right-hand side of the window.

    You can, for example, draw lines or circles on your shot using the provided toolbar.

    If you follow

    select Save on Cloud, Share on Social Media, Copy to Clipboard, Email, etc.


    Take a screenshot on your Mac. This is a simple and handy function. Take a screenshot to record an image or store a website for future use. This article will show you how to create a Mac screenshot and customize it easily.

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