Are you preparing for your big presentation, reporting on a new process, or writing an article describing how to do something? There is a big chance that you’ll need to capture screenshots on Mac. Screenshots are the best visuals for such a use-case. Taking a screenshot of your Mac produces a picture of content that you are currently working on.
You may even want to take a screenshot to add to your Presentation, monthly report, email or to instruct someone.
In this article, I will explain to you how to take a screenshot on Mac, and tell you about different keyword shortcuts or commands. How you can take the entire window, or a part of the window as a screenshot. Additionally, we also explain some common tips and tricks related to capturing a screenshot on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac.
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Here is the outline of whole post.
- How to Capture Screenshots on Mac using keyboard shortcuts?
- How to copy screenshots to clipboard on Mac?
- How to access or open the screenshots captured on Mac?
- How to take a screenshot of the DVD Player app on the mac?
- Using Screenshot App in macOS Mojave
- Annotate Screenshot, Share or More in Mojave Screenshot Tool
- Capture Screenshot on Mac using Grab (before MacOS Mojave)
- How to capture Touch Bar on MacBook Pro?
- How to capture screenshots on Mac using Preview?
- Annotate the screenshot using the Preview
- Where to find screenshots on Mac?
- How to change screenshot location in Mac?
- Why screenshots might not get saved? How to fix it?
- How to record the screen on your Mac using QuickTime Player on Mac?
How to Capture Screenshots on Mac using keyboard shortcuts?
Capturing screenshot using the keyboard is the quickest and easiest way. You can capture the entire screen or just a portion of it.
1. Capture screenshot of the entire screen
Press Command ⌘ + Shift + 3 keys and your screenshot will be captured.
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By default, the screenshot will be captured in PNG format in your Desktop folder of your Mac.
If your MacOS is updated to the latest release version, Mojave. Preview of the screenshot will appear in the corner of the screen and you can access to editing tools and the new “Stacks” feature will group together similar files on your desktop.
2. Capture Screenshots of a selected area on Mac
Step 1: Press Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 keys.
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Step 2: Mouse pointer will turn into a crosshair. Use that to select the region you wish to capture.
Step 3 : Release your mouse. If your system volume is up, you’ll hear the sound of a camera snap to tell you the screenshot was taken.
If you were not ready yet, then press “esc” key to cancel.
Step 4: Go to desktop and you will see a file named something like, “Screen Shot 2019–05-04 at 3.19.19 AM”.
3. Capture Screenshot of a Window
Step1: Hold on Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 keys.
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Step2: Click on the Space bar and the mouse pointer will change into a camera.
Step3: Click a window that you want to capture. (You can press “Esc” key to cancel.)
Step4: Screenshot will be saved on your desktop as a .png file
How to copy screenshots to clipboard on Mac?
There can be times when you may like to copy the captured screenshot into your clipboard rather then saving screenshot as an image file.
In other words, you may like to copy the screenshot directly and paste it into some other Application or a Website like Gmail, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint or Photoshop, etc. Then you need to use these keyboards to capture screenshots to clipboard on Mac.
1. Copy screenshot of the entire screen to clipboard on Mac
Step 1: Press Ctrl + Command ⌘+ Shift + 3 keys together.
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Step 2: Open the application or website where you want to use this screenshot (Gmail, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop etc).
Step 3: Press Command ⌘ +V keys.
Thank me later 🙂
2. Copy screenshot of the selected portion of the screen to clipboard on Mac
Step 1: Press Ctrl + Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 keys together.
Step 2: Switch to the application or website which supports image input through clipboard.
Step 3: Press Command ⌘ + V to paste the screenshot.
3. Copy screenshot of a window to clipboard on Mac
Step 1: Switch to window which you want to capture.
Step 2: Press Ctrl + Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 keys together.
Step 3: Press Space bar. Pointer will now turn into Camera.
Step 4: Click on the window which you want to capture. (Now screenshot is in your clipboard.)
Step 5: Open the App which supports image processing like Gmail, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop etc.
Step 6: Use Command ⌘ + V key combination to use the screenshot.
How to access or open the screenshots captured on Mac?
You can open and access the screenshots with Safari, Preview, and other apps that can let you edit or view images. Preview also gives you the privilege to export to a different format, such as JPEG, TIFF, or PDF.
There might be cases when above methods don’t work. For example, above methods might not work on DVD Player Application in Mac. Then how to take screenshot of DVD Player app on mac? Next section explains just that. 🙂
How to take a screenshot of the DVD Player app on the mac?
Step 1: Open DVD Player app and play your movie from which you want to take screenshot.
Step 2: Pause the playback on exact frame which you want to capture.
Step 3: Open Terminal. Go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal
Step 4: Copy and paste the below mentioned command
screencapture -i ~/Desktop/DVD-Screenshot.png
Press Enter key.
Step 5: Switch to DVD Player
Step 6: Press Space bar. Whole DVD Player frame will get highlighted.
Step 7: Click on DVD Player Window.
New file will be saved on your Desktop with name DVD-Screenshot.png
Using Screenshot App in macOS Mojave
The new OS from Apple, Mojave, comes with more features. One of the new features is that Mojave has dedicated screen-capturing tool. You can capture screenshot of the whole screen, selected part of the screen, a screenshot of a particular part, capture screenshot of touch bar or even delay capture(screenshot after a delay of few seconds). You can also record a video of the screen. That’s pretty helpful.
How to use Mojave Screenshot Tool?
Press Shift + Command⌘ + 5 keys. You’ll be presented by a group of controls to help you effectively capture screenshot or record screen on MacOS Mojave. Here are the controls which you’ll see.
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1. Capture the entire screen in MacOS Mojave
Step 1: PressShift + Command⌘ + 5 key combination. Above controls will be displayed at the bottom of your screen.
Step 2: Select first button. It has title “Capture Entire Screen”.
Your cursor will turn into Camera.
Step 3: Click on screen (anywhere except this toolbar). Your screenshot will be captured and it will be saved on your desktop.
2. Capture the selected window in MacOS Mojave
Step 1: Press Shift + Command⌘ + 5 keys to open the toolbar.
Step 2: Select “Capture Selected Portion” option from toolbar. Refer to image below to find out that option.
Step 3: Select the portion of the screen which you want to capture. You’ll see controls to resize or move the selection as shown in the figure.
Step 4: Click on Capture button in the toolbar.
3. Capture the selected portion of the screen in MacOS Mojave
Step 1: Use Shift + Command⌘ + 5 keys to open the toolbar.
Step 2: Select second button with title “Capture Selected Window” as shown in figure below.
Step 3: Now you need to select window which you want to capture. Refer to the image below.
Annotate Screenshot, Share or More in Mojave Screenshot Tool
There may be times when you will like to annotate something or add some text over the captured screenshot. You may want to share it with someone using email etc. I’ll tell you how to do that in this section
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Whenever you capture a screenshot using MacOS Mojave, you’ll see the preview for that in the bottom right corner of the screen as highlighted in the image below.
Whenever it appears you can either ignore it or click on it to open up a window like this.
Here you can annotate, markup, add text, save, delete or share this screenshot to other apps. Most of the controls are just like Preview, so nothing new.
If you hold Command button and Click on the screenshot preview, you can have these options.
Capture Screenshot on Mac using Grab (before MacOS Mojave)
According to StatCounter, more than 50% of Mac users are not working on Mojave. So they cannot use the new screenshot tool in MacOS Mojave.
They can use a utility called Grab. Here is how to use it.
Step 1: Open the Grab Utility from Applications>Utilities>Grab.
Step 2: Choose type of screenshot which you want to Grab. Options are Selection, Window, Screen and Timed Screen.
After that just follow the instructions on the screen. Just like one in the image below.
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How to capture Touch Bar on MacBook Pro?
You can use Command + Shift + 6 key combination for capturing Touch Bar display on your MacBook Pro.
You will have options to capture Selected Portion of screen, Entire Screen or whole Window.
How to capture screenshots on Mac using Preview?
Preview is the default tool of Mac that allows you to open photos and PDF files. Preview can also help you capture screenshots.
Step 1: Open Preview from Applications on Mac.
Step 2: Click on File in the menu bar.
Step 3: Select Take Screenshot from the drop-down menu. Then capture screenshot either From Selection, From Entire Screen, or From Window based on your choice.
In Preview you can choose your save location and name of the file. On the other hand, other options end up saving at the desktop with a verbose filename. You can also make a few edits very easily. Preview is the best choice.
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Annotate the screenshot using the Preview
Preview works quite well to annotate screenshots with text and shapes. How to edit your screenshot using Preview:
Step 1: Take a screenshot saved directly to your desktop, by hitting either Command + Shift + 4 or Command + Shift + 3
Step 2: Open your screenshot in preview by double-clicking on the image file on your desktop.
Step 3: Or, right-click your image file and select “Open With.” Tap on Preview.
Step 4: You can expand the edit toolbar to add shapes, change the screenshot’s color composition, and more.
Step 5: Click on “Save” and save the image with the name and desired location.
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Where to find screenshots on Mac?
What happens to the screenshot? Your Mac will automatically save the screenshot as a PNG file in your Desktop Folder with the day and time it was taken. This is for immediate reference, if you’re taking many screenshots, then your desktop cluttered with odd named files.
The latest version of MacOS, Mojave, Stack the Screenshots in a group together and by clicking on those images you can enable quick-editing by the Markup app.
How to change screenshot location in Mac?
By default, screenshots are saved to the Desktop though many screenshots can clutter your space.
Step 1: Hit on Command+N keys to open a new Finder window.
Step 2: Press Command+Shift+N to create a new folder. This is where your screenshots will go now. So ideally go to the required directory and create this folder.
Step 3: Name it appropriately.
Step 4: Keep the window open, and Tap on Command+1 to switch to Grid mode
Step 5: Tap on Command+Space key combination it will open Spotlight.
Step 6: Write “terminal” and then select Terminal. This will Open Terminal.
Step 7: Type “defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ” in the terminal window.
Don’t forget to add space at the end of command.
Step 8: Drag the folder into the Terminal window. This will append the path of the folder to the terminal command.
Step 7: Press Return Key.
Done, from now onwards your screenshots will appear in this folder.
Caution:Don’t delete the folder unless you’ve changed the default location of screenshots again.
Why screenshots might not get saved? How to fix it?
Here I am going to discuss 4 effective tips to fix screenshot in Mac
If you found that “Command + Shift + 4” is not working on Mac. Don’t worry, below methods will fix it.
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Fix 1: Restart your Mac.
Not restarting your Mac for long-time may cause problems in some applications. Restart your Mac using one of the three ways below.
Method 1: Hold the Power button
Method 2: Hit “Control + Eject” key combination and, click the Restart button when a dialog box appears.
Method 3: Select the “Apple icon” on the top left of your screen and then Hit on “Restart”.
Method 4: Hold “Control + Command + Power”
Fix 2: Check Screenshot Shortcuts from System Preferences
Click on”System Preferences” > “Keyboard & Mouse” > “Keyboard Shortcuts” > verify whether the shortcuts are activated and also check they haven’t assigned to something else.
Fix 3: Take Screenshot using Preview
Preview allows you to open and edit images and also you can capture a screenshot by tapping on the toolbox icon.
Click on “Preview” > then “File” > from the drop-down menu select “Take Screenshot”.
Fix 4: Take Screenshot using Grab (before Mojave) or Screenshot tool( on Mojave)
If the above methods can’t fix Mac screenshot, and you need to do it urgently then you can use the pre-installed Grab on Mac to take a screenshot of the window, or the entire screen or of a particular section of the screen. This works on MacOS versions older then Mojave.
If you are on MacOS Mojave, then you can use default Screenshot Tool provided by Apple.
How to record the screen on your Mac using QuickTime Player on Mac?
QuickTime: This player is preinstalled in your Mac and you can do a lot of things with it, for instance, recording video.
Step 1: Open QuickTime Player
Step 2: Select File from the Menu Bar and then select New Screen Recording.
Step 3: To start the recording hit the arrow next to the red button. Select from None or Internal Microphone for your audio and you can also check or uncheck “Show Mouse Clicks” in Recording.
Step 4: Now click the red button, click to record your entire screen, or choose a specific part of it, and start recording. Your recording has started.
Step 5: When you finish recording, just click stop button in top navigation bar.
Step 6: Recording will pop right open for you to view.
Step 6: Select File > Save from the menu bar, Type name of the file, and choose its location to save. Click Save.
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This is all we have for taking screenshots on Mac using various techniques.