How To Take A Screenshot On A Mac

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Ever wondered why a Mac has no Print Screen key?  So, how do you take a screenshot on a Mac? There are other ways to do it. Although initially it may look difficult, it is not. Here is how to take a screenshot on a Mac. Just carefully follow the steps.

Case 1 – Screenshot Of Your Whole Screen

Step 1 – Press Command, Shift and 3 at the same time.

Step 2 – Find the screenshot on your desktop. It will be saved as a .png file.

Case 2 – Screenshot Of Part Of Your Whole Screen

Step 1 – Press Command, Shift and 4 at the same time. You will see that your pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.

Step 2 – Move the crosshair pointer to the initial point of your screenshot.

Step 3 – Select an area by dragging the crosshair pointer. While you are dragging, you can hold the Shift key, Option key or the Spacebar to change the way the selection moves.

Step 4 – Once you have selected the area, release your mouse or trackpad button. If you want to cancel the OS X screenshot, just press the Escape (esc) key before you release the button.

Step 5 – Find the screenshot on your desktop. It will be saved as a .png file.

Case 3 – Screenshot Of A Window

Step 1 – Press Command, Shift and 4 at the same time. You will see that your pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.

Step 2 – Press the Spacebar. You will now see that the pointer changes from a crosshair pointer to a camera pointer.

Step 3 – Move your camera pointer to the window you want to screenshot on Mac.

Step 4 – Once you have selected the window, click your mouse or trackpad. If you want to cancel the OS X screenshot, simply press the Escape (esc) key before you click.

Step 5 – Find the screenshot on your desktop. It will be saved as a .png file.

Note: this procedure works with Finder windows, and most windows applications.

Case 4 – Screenshot Of A Menu

Step 1 – Click the menu to show its contents.

Step 2 – Press Command, Shift and 4 at the same time. You will see that your pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.

Step 3 – Drag the crosshair pointer to select the menu.

Step 4 – Once you have selected the window, click your mouse or trackpad. If you want to cancel the OS X screenshot, simply press the Escape (esc) key before you click.

Step 5 – Find the screenshot on your desktop. It will be saved as a .png file.

Case 5 – Screenshot Of A Menu Without The Title

Step 1 – Click the menu to show its contents.

Step 2 – Press Command, Shift and 4 at the same time. You will see that your pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.

Step 3 – Press the Spacebar. You will now see that the pointer changes from a crosshair pointer to a camera pointer.

Step 4 – Drag the camera pointer over the menu to highlight it.

Step 5 – Once you have selected the window, click your mouse or trackpad. If you want to cancel the OS X screenshot, simply press the Escape (esc) key before you click.

Step 6 – Find the screenshot on your desktop. It will be saved as a .png file.

Some Extra Points On How To Do A Screenshot On A Mac

1 – These processes are valid for all of Apple operating system versions namely, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan.

2 – Some applications may not let you take screenshots of their windows.

3 – You can open your screenshots with Preview or any image-viewing application.

4 – If you want to save your screenshot to the clipboard, instead of a file on your desktop, simply use the Command – Shift – Control 4 combination.

5 – On versions 10.6 and later, screenshots will be saved as “Screenshot name date at time.png”.

Recovering Lost Screenshots

If, how to screenshot on a Mac wasn’t easy, then don’t worry if any of your screenshots have been lost. Disk Drill by Cleverfiles is a data recovery app that is even easier to use, and is available for free download.

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Steps on how to take a screenshot on Mac updated: September 4, 2017 author: corvettus

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