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How To Take A Screenshot On The Mac

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The screenshot is the new buzzword in the mobile app industry. Many a time, there are instances when you wish to capture a picture from a video, or it’s just the app image that you want to share with your family. So, to solve this issue, screenshot comes to your rescue.

Basically, taking a screenshot is an act of capturing the content displayed on the screen of a desktop, mobile or a tablet. Once captured, you will get a static image file. Be it an Android device or iOS, taking a screenshot is not that tricky.

If we specifically talk about Mac, the newest version of MacOS offers a couple of option by which one can take a screenshot. Following are the ways that will help you to save your every favorite moment on your Mac.

1. Taking The Screenshot of Your Entire Screen on Mac

It will help you to capture the whole screen as it is. Steps are as under:

  • Press Shift+Command+3

  • Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop

take screenshot from mac

2. Taking The Screenshot of a Selected Portion of Your Screen

There are times when you wish to take the screenshot of a selected area, for that, steps are as  under:

  • Press Shift+Command+4. The pointer on your screen will change to a crosshair

  • Move the crosshair to where you want to start the screenshot, then 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 area you want, release your mouse or trackpad button.

  • In case you wish to cancel the selected area, press the Esc (Escape) key before you release the button

  • Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop

3. Taking the screenshot of a window

Mac also offers to take the screenshot of the window. Take a look at the guide:

  • Press Shift+Command+4. The pointer changes to a crosshair

  • Press the Spacebar. The pointer changes to a camera

  • Move the camera over a window to highlight it

  • Click your mouse or trackpad

  • If you wish to undo, press the Esc (Escape) key before you click

  • Find the screenshot as a .png file on your Mac

Taking screenshot

4. Taking the screenshot of a menu

If you wish to take the screenshot of a menu, here is the guide:

  • Click the menu to reveal its contents

  • Press Shift+Command+4. The pointer will change into a crosshair

  • Drag to select the menu

  • Release your mouse or trackpad button

  • To undo, press the Esc (Escape) key before you release the button

  • Find the screenshot as a .png file on your Mac

These steps capture the contents of a menu, but not its title:

In case, you don’t want to include the title part in the screenshot, follow this:

  • Click the menu to reveal its contents

  • Press Shift+Command+4. The pointer changes to a crosshair

  • Press the Spacebar. The pointer changes to a camera

  • Move the camera over the menu to highlight it

  • Click your Mac mouse or trackpad

  • To undo, press the Esc (Escape) key before you click

  • Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop

5. Taking the screenshot of the Touch Bar

If you have a Mac with a Touch Bar and macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later, follow these steps:

  • Press Shift-Command-6

  • Find the screenshot as a .png file on your Mac

take screenshot from touch bar

You can also alter the Control Strip region of your Touch Bar to include a Screenshot button. Then tap the Screenshot button to see options for the type of screenshot and location to save it on your Mac.

Vikram Khajuria
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A typical boy and tech enthusiast, Vikram is totally fascinated by the journey of his day from miseries to joys. Covering the journalism field, he writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better, breath it!!

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