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  • November 02, 2018
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How To Screenshot On A Mac

How To Screenshot On A Mac

At some stage you will want to take a screenshot of your entire screen or just a portion of your screen. Luckily this is very easy to do when you are working on a Mac. If you want to take a screenshot of your entire screen or just a portion your screen, you can use the following shortcuts. It is really quick and simple!

Capturing a Screenshot of Your Entire Screen

Step 1

Find the screen that you would like to take a screenshot of.

Step 2

Hold down the shift, command (⌘) and number 3 (#3) keys together. A screenshot of your entire screen will be captured automatically.

Step 3

Your screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop. It will be named after the date and time that you have captured it and will typically have a .png extension (e.g. “Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 14.40.04 pm.png). To open your screenshot, just find the icon on your desktop and double-click on it

Screen Capture  of a Portion of Your Screen

At times you will want to capture only a portion of your screen. Luckily there is an easy way to do that on your Mac.

Step 1

Find the screen that you would like to take a screenshot of.

Step 2

Hold down the shift, command (⌘) and number 4 (#4) keys together. There will now appear crosshairs (two lines crossing at right angles) on your screen.
Using your mouse, draw a rectangle around the portion of your screen that you would like to capture. A screenshot of the portion of your screen that you have selected will be captured once you let go of your mouse.

Alternatively, you can hold down the shift, command (⌘) and number 4 (#4) keys together while you press space bar. A small camera icon will appear. You can then click on an object such as a specific window and a screenshot of that window will be captured.

Step 3

Your screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop. It will be named after the date and time that you have captured it and will typically have a .png extension (e.g. “Screen Shot 2018-11-27 at 23.30.23 pm.png). To open your screenshot, just find the icon on your desktop and double-click on it.


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