How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Introduction: How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

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In this instructable I will show you how to take a screen shot on a Mac. There are a few ways to take a screen shot on your Mac and I will cover ways in which you can take a screen shot of the whole desktop and then also how you can take a screen shot of just a portion of the screen, so you can capture exactly what you want. Knowing how to do this is super handy and I do it all the time! Let's get started. :)

Follow the easy steps below or watch the short tutorial or do both! :)

Step 1: Screenshot of Whole Desktop

The first way is when you want to take a screenshot of the whole display. All you do is press COMMAND + SHIFT + 3. Then it will take a picture of the display. If you have more then one display, it will take a picture of both displays. The screenshot will show up on your desktop. If you right click and click on "Get Info" you will find out that the screen shot is the same resolution as your display. :)

Step 2: Custom Screenshot

The next way to take a screen shot is taking a portion of the desktop, like if you don't want to take a picture of the whole desktop, something more specific. To do that click on COMMAND + SHIFT + 4 and this will turn your cursor into a crosshair. Now hold the left button on your mouse down and drag it over the part of the image you want a screenshot of, then let go of the mouse, and it will take the picture. Simple as that! :) I hope you find that useful, I use it all the time!

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    Editor1979
    Editor1979

    4 months ago

    There's also a 3rd way to take a screen shot. After doing Cmd+Shift+4, instead of clicking and dragging, press the Space Bar and the mouse will turn into a camera. Now, hover the mouse over the window you want to screen shot, the window will shade blue, and all you have to do now is click and only the blue-shaded window will screen shot.
    In this video, I have three separate coding windows open in the same program. I screenshot the window on the left while it was still behind the middle window. When viewing the screen shot, only the left window was captured while everything else was ignored.

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    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 4 months ago

    That is awesome I didn't know about the spacebar it is definitely helpful if you have multiple screens and don't want the others included like it does with command shift 3.

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    sneazzy95
    sneazzy95

    1 year ago

    I didn't know about customed screenshots neither, you made my day I promise, thank you so much.

    VPNSai MannatAnyDesk

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    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!

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    attosa
    attosa

    1 year ago

    CUSTOM SCREENSHOT?! I've been doing screenshots for years and never knew about these sly crosshairs! You're the best!

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    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 1 year ago

    hehehe yep! :) :) Glad you liked it. :) I use the custom screenshot all the time! It's awesome.