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How to take a screenshot on your Mac

Screenshots are useful things, especially in case you need to get all the content from your screen or the only one window, but don’t want to share the source (or just think it’s better to be delivered in image format). No matter why you may need a screenshot (no, I won’t be listing all the reasons why you may need it) it’s easy to take it on your Mac.

How to take the screenshot of all screen on Mac

The first case is when you need to screenshot the full screen on Mac, not the specific window. In this case, you should just press Shift, Command, and the number 3 together. After you’ve pressed this button, the thumbnail will appear in the bottom right corner of your screen and you can press on it to make some changes. If you don’t need to make any edits – just wait until it would be saved on your Mac’s desktop.

How to take a screenshot of a specific window or the part of the screen

The second case is when you need to screenshot the part of the screen (actually, you can also use this method to screenshot the entire screen). You should just press Shift, Command, and the number 4 together. The icon in the cross in the middle will appear and you can drag it to highlight the area you want to screenshot, just hold the mouse and choose the desired area and release the mouse once you’ve chosen the needed one. In case you want to cancel the action, just press Esc.

How to take screenshot the area that’s disapearing on Mac

The third (and the last) case is when you want to take a screenshot of the area that’s disappearing, for example, the menu.

In this case, you should open the menu and press the Shift, Command, the number 4, and the Space bar together. To choose the right window just hold the Option key and click.

If you’ve made a wrong screenshot just press Esc.

You can press on a thumbnail on the bottom right corner of your corner in order to edit the screenshot or just wait until it would be saved to your desktop.

Where screenshots are saved on Mac by default

By default, screenshots are saved on your Mac’s desktop, but if you have Mojave or a later version of the OS, you can change the default destination using the Options menu of the Screenshots app.

Jane Weisenthal
Jane Weisenthal
Jane is currently a freelance author for Splaitor, focusing on tech guides and how-to's.

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