How to Take Screenshot on Mac, The Ultimate Guide

Take Screenshot on Mac: There are times when you require to capture a shot of a page or even a video playing on your desktop/laptop. It’s called “print screen” in Windows and “screenshot” on Mac. Taking screenshots or screen grab (or whatever phrase you prefer using) on Mac, is very easy; easier than Windows platform. You can save a copy of what’s on your screen any moment by memorizing a couple of commands. In this tutorial, apart from telling you how to take screenshot on Mac, we’ll let on a couple of very useful tips too. Understandably it’ll take some time before you are able to remember what’s what, until then we urge you to bookmark this page so that you can return to it whenever you need to be.

Steps to Take Screenshots on Mac

How to Screenshot the Whole Screen on Mac

In order to take a shot of the entire screen of the Mac, there is only one step that you need to follow. Here’s what to do:

  1. You need to pull off three things at a time. Press and hold the ‘Apple Key’ (Cmd) and Shift, and then press 3.

How to Print Screen on mac

  1. After this, you’ll have a screen grab of the whole screen on your Mac. It will save with the name ‘Screenshot’, followed by the date and time. It’ll be in .png file format, but you can change all that by dragging the file into Preview and ‘Save As’ with a different file extension.

Note: When to screen grab the whole screen, it is likely that photo is so big that you cannot see the details and every time you’ll have to zoom in to make out the details. If that’s what you are into, then go right ahead.

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How to Screenshot Part of the Screen

For those who have no business to select the whole screen and want only parts of it, they can follow the steps mentioned below. It’s pretty much like the previous guide. Here’s how to screenshot on Mac (in parts):

1# Press and hold the ‘Apple Key’ or Cmd + Shift and then press 4.

Methods to Take Screenshot on Mac

2# Now, select the portion that you want to take the screen grab by dragging your cursor over the area.

It’s worth knowing that once you press the key, and after the cursor is replaced by cross-hairs, you can let go off the keys. Once you have selected the area you want to screenshot of, you can adjust the selected area by pressing down the Spacebar and dragging the area about the page. In case, you want to start over, just hit ‘Escape.’ Here too the screen grab will be saved in a .png file with the name ‘Screenshot’ followed by the date (year-month-day) and time.

How to Screenshot Single Window

For taking screens shot of a single window on your desktop, we have to more or less follow this guide. Here’s what needs to be done:

  • Press and hold Cmd + Shift + 4
  • When the cursor transforms into a crosshair, hit ‘Space.’ And then click on a Window (that’ll appear blue under the crosshair to indicate that it has been selected). And that’s how you screenshot on Mac but only the Window.

How to Print Screen on Mac

Print screen on Mac is different to print screen on Windows. In Windows, the term means screenshot, but in Mac, print screen means printing out the screen grab that you just took on your Mac. We already talked about the method, via which you can create a screenshot on Mac. In order to print screen on Mac, preview the picture by pressing Cmd + P or. Now all you would need to do is open it in Adobe InDesign document or Photoshop and hit print.

Capture Print Screen on Mac: Some Pro Tips

Apart from that, there are several other hacks knowing which will make your life much easier while capturing print screen on Mac. We guide you on how you measure and change screenshot size, how to enable timed screenshot, among other things.

Measure Screenshot Size

When you drag the crosshair to select the area you want, you should be able to see the pixel number in the bottom right corner. So when you are doing that just stay aware of the measure of the shot.

Timed Screenshot

Methods to Capture print Screen on Mac

You can make use of the handy option of timed screenshots, in case you need it. There is something called ‘Timed Screen Grab’ that comes with a timer of 10 seconds. To access it, you need to go to the ‘Application’ and to ‘Utilities.’ Here you should be able to see the ‘Grab’ application. Click on that, and it will ask you to start a timer or cancel. Go for ‘Start Timer.’

Change Default Location of Screenshots

The screenshot on Mac is stored in Desktop by default. If you want, and if you have the need to, you can change the storage location to your preferred folder, which is a clever thing to do, if you ask me. Now, to change location for your screen grabs, here’s what you can do:

  • Go to the Application folder, click on Utilities and then launch the Terminal application.
  • Next type in the following command: defaults write location ~/Documents/Screenshots

That will be followed by this command:

  • killall SystemUIServer

In case you want to revert back to the default saving location. You need to give these two commands:

  • defaults write location ~/Desktop
  • killall SystemUIServer

Screenshots Coming Up Black?

If this happens, do not panic. There is a good way to take care of this. Sometimes after taking screen grabbing on Mac, the screenshot may come out blank, which means that whatever is on your screen is case sensitive to Apple’s DVD player software, on the grounds of copyright. In this case, you can get the job done by installing a third-party DVD player.

Wrap Up

As you can see, the screenshot on Mac is no rocket science. Of course, although there aren’t too many commands to follow, we did list a handful of hack that might be a little troublesome to remember. Like we mentioned before, it’s recommended that you bookmark this page, so you can easily refer whenever you need it. Thanks for reading.

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