To take a screenshot on a mac, you can take a screenshot of the full screen, a screenshot of a selected part of the screen and a screenshot of a chosen application.
A screen shot is a digital image of what should be visible on a monitor, television, or other visual output device, that can be saved as a graphics file. Various programs are available for creating screen shots, but it is easy to do without any special program. Once a screenshot is captured, it can be saved as a GIF or JPEG where it can be opened to manipulate, printed, or saved.
Why take a screenshot?
There are a lot of reasons why you would want to take a screenshot of something. For example:
- To save a picture as wallpaper on your phone.
- To remember something.
- To save good ideas.
- To Snapchat.
- To easily access a portion of an email, like an address.
- To get proof of something.
- To save coupon bar codes.
- To share a tweet with someone not on Twitter.
- To displaying student work.
- To import screenshots back into any app that imports photos.
- To combine otherwise incompatible formats.
Screenshot of the full screen
Command + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously.
That will save a copy of your screen to your clipboard.
You can alternatively press the same combination without the Command key in order to save the image as a PNG file to your desktop.
Screenshot of a selected part
Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously.
Drag to select the area of the screen to capture. To move the entire selection, press and hold Space bar while dragging.
Your selection will then be copied to the clipboard.
Alternatively, don’t press the Command key and your screenshot will be saved to the desktop as a PNG file.
Screenshot of a chosen application
Command + Shift + 5 keys simultaneously. It calls up a small panel at the bottom of your display with your screen capture options.
There are three screenshot buttons that let you capture the entire screen, a window or a selection of your screen.
On the left is an X button to close the screenshot panel, but you can also just hit the Escape key to exit out.
On the right side is an Options button. It lets you choose where to save your screenshot (Desktop, Documents, Clipboard, Mail, Messages or Preview) and set a 5 or 10 second delay so you can line up items that might otherwise disappear when you engage your screenshot tool.
Where is your screenshot?
Mac OS X's screenshot utility is a system that automatically saves your screenshots upon pressing certain keyboard shortcuts. By default they're saved to your desktop, and short of using Terminal this can't be changed.
How do you take a screenshot on a Mac without a keyboard?
- Save screenshot of single window without shadow: Command + Shift + 4 , press the Space key, then hold the Alt key and click on the window you want to capture.
Save screenshot of selection: Command + Shift + 4 , then select the area you want to capture with your mouse cursor.
How to enable screenshot?
- Click Apple Menu > System Preferences.
Click Keyboard in the System Preferences window.
Click the Shortcuts tab in the Keyboard window.Click Screen Shots in the list on the left of the Shortcuts tab.
Check the boxes for all shortcuts you wish to re-enable.
Close the window.
How to take a screenshot on mac Mojave?
- Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to bring up the screenshot toolbar.
- Click on one of the following: Capture Entire Screen, Capture Selected Windows, or Capture Selected Portion to capture exactly what you want. Selecting Capture Entire Screen will take a screenshot immediately unless you set a timer.
Click on your window or select your screen portion if you chose to capture something other than your whole screen. Your screenshot will be taken as soon as the selection is made.
Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on the screenshot appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
Use the contextual menu to choose where to save the screenshot, send it, show it in the Finder, delete it, or mark it up.
How to edit a screenshot in mac Mojave?
- Control-click, right-click, or two-finger-click on the screenshot that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen after taking a screenshot or screen recording.
Use the toolbar to draw or write, highlight, add shapes, insert text or a signature, rotate, or select text styles using the toolbar at the top of the Quick Look window.
Click Done when you're finished.