There is more than one good reason why people need to take screenshots on a Mac, but only a small number of them know how to do this. We’ll use this article to explain a few ways of taking screenshots on Macs.
- Full-screen screenshot
Press Command and Shift and 3 at the same time. In case your Mac’s sound is turned on you should hear a noise that resembles a camera shutter. Once you do this, you will get a saved image on the desktop. The file will be saved as Screenshot and contain the time and date.
- Screenshot of one portion of the screen
When you press Command and Shift and 4 at once, you will transform the cursor into a relatively small cross-hair reticle. Move this reticle freely to the area that you want to capture. You should notice a grayed area over that portion of the screen. Release the mouse and you will notice a shutter noise in case the sound is on. Just like before, the screenshot will be saved on the desktop. This is a PNG file labeled as Screenshot and a time and date on it.
- Open Window Screenshot
Start by pressing Command and Shift and 4 at once. Right after that, press the Spacebar. You will notice a tiny camera on the screen. Move that camera over the open window and release the mouse. The screenshot will be saved on the desktop.