How to take a screenshot on your Mac (complete guide)

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If you now own a Mac, then at some point you may have wanted to take a screenshot on your machine for different purposes, like sharing, editing, or printing. Taking a screenshot on a Mac is pretty simple, but it may be a little bit confusing to many newcomers. With that in mind, we believe that we can help you out.

In this step-by-step guide, we will go through the steps to take a screenshot on your Mac. Before we begin, make sure that you now have a modern version of macOS on your computer (macO Sierra or newer). If not, update your device before moving ahead.

How to take a screenshot on your Mac

  1. How to screenshot the entire screen on your Mac

If you want to take a screenshot of what you are doing on your Mac, you will be happy to know that the process is pretty simple. If you need help, check out the steps below.

Step one: First off, open any app and head to a section you want to take a screenshot of

Step two: Once you are in, you simply need to hold down Cmd and Shift on your Mac’s keyboard and then press 3. By default, your screenshot will be saved to your desktop as a .png file.

If you want to change where your screenshots are saved on your Mac, check out our guide below.

Step one: First off, head to the Applications folder on your Mac, navigate to Utilities and open the Terminal app

Step two: Next up, now simply type “defaults write com.apple.screencapture location” and add where you want to save the screenshots to the end of the command (Make sure that you know the file path)

Step three: Once you are done, you need to restart the UI on your Mac to apply the change. To do this, simply type “killall SystemUIServer”

  1. How to screenshot a section of the screen

If you want to take a screenshot of a selected area within your Mac’s screen, make sure that you check out our steps below.

Step one: First off, you need to hold down two keys Cmd and Shift, then press 4 on your Mac’s keyboard

Step two: Once you are done, simply drag the cross-hairs across the area you want to take a screenshot of. Your screenshot will then be saved to your desired location on your Mac.

  1. How to screenshot a window on your Mac

There are times when you want to take a screenshot of a window on your Mac for sharing purposes. macOS allows you to easily screenshot a window without the need for a third-party program or app.

Step one: Hold down Cmd + Shift keyboard combination and then press 4 to proceed

Step two: Next up, press Space on your Mac’s keyboard when you see the crosshairs

Step three: Now just simply hover the cursor over the window you want to take a screenshot of and perform a left click (If you want to take a screenshot of a pull-down menu, repeat the process).

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