If you want to take a screenshot on Mac, then you should be searching for a “print screen” button on your keyboard. But taking a print screen MAC is little different from taking that on a Windows machine.
On a Windows machine, you have to press the “print screen” or “PrtScr” button on your keyboard. After you press the button, the system will take the screenshot, and it will save that in the clipboard.
If you want to save or export the screenshot, then you need a picture editor software like Photoshop or Microsoft Paint. You can pass the primary data from the clipboard to the Paint application and save that as a new image file.
But now we will discuss the three methods of capturing a screenshot on a Mac.
How to Print Screen on A Mac? – Three different ways of taking screenshots on Mac
- Mac’s Print Screen option
There are multiple and advanced print screen option on a Mac OS X. You can follow these three methods of capturing a screenshot. Which are-
- Capturing a screenshot of the full screen
- Capturing a screenshot of a selected portion of the display
- Capturing a screenshot of an application
You can use these three different methods to capture a screenshot and save it on the desktop without the help of a photo editor.
If you want to capture a screenshot, each principal stroke is very important, it works on which key combination you are using.
#1. Capturing a screenshot of the full screen
If you want to take a screenshot of the full screen, then you must enter the buttons
When you press these three buttons, your system will take a screenshot, and it will save that on your Mac.
If you have more than one display, then the system will take a large screenshot combining all three screens.
#2. Capturing a screenshot of a portion of your screen
If you want to capture this type of screenshot, then you should the keystrokes which is-
When you are using these three buttons, then a selection box will appear on your screen which will ask for the area you want to capture. After you select the portion, it will catch it and save that in your desktop storage.
So, the simple steps of the print screen on MAC are-
- If you press Command+shift+4. Your mouse pointer will change into a crosshair pointer.
- Move that pointer to select the portion, and you want to capture.
- After dragging, release the mouse button to obtain the screenshot.
While dragging, you can press the space or shift button to change the way of capturing the screenshot.
If you want to change the area of capturing a screenshot, then you have to press ESC to cancel the previous selection.
#3. Capturing a screenshot of a specific window
If you want to capture a screenshot of a particular window, then you should follow the underneath steps.
- Press Command+shift+4 at the same time.
- After you press these keys, the cursor of the mouse will change into a “+” button.
- The next step is to press the spacebar to convert the pointer into a camera icon.
- You can choose the application with that camera icon, which you want to capture.
Searching a Screenshot File
If you follow all these above methods, the image will be saved on the desktop storage of your MAC. It will be saved as a PNG file. The format will be like “Screen Shot xx-xx-xx”. The x is symbolized as the date and time of the creation of screenshot.
You can change the storage location of the screenshot through the Mac Command terminal.
If you are using an updated operating system like Mojave, then you will encounter a more advanced system. But the keystrokes are the same.