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How to take a screenshot on a Mac?

These are the options on how to take screenshots on a Mac. Follow the guide.

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Screenshots have become essential, maybe for work or to be shared on social media. Taking a screenshot is an easy process and a way to show others what you are viewing on your screen. On a Mac as well, the steps to capture a screenshot are fairly simple if you know the correct command keys. Follow the guide below to take screenshots on a Mac

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Using Shift+Command+3: 

On MacTo take the screenshot of the entire screen press Shift+Command+3 on your Mac. After pressing the command key a thumbnail will appear on your screen at the corner. You can also use the edit option to edit the screenshot. Once you have clicked the screenshot it will be saved on your Mac.

Read more: How to take a screenshot on Windows 10 using a laptop or a PC?

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Using Shift+Command+4:

Using Shift+Command+3: This function is to capture a customise selection of the screenshots. This means you can take screenshots of a portion of your screens. Press Shift+Command+4 and wait for the cursor to change into Apple crosshair. There are many options now that you can make use of. Follow the steps:

  • Press and release spacebar: By pressing the spacebar the crosshair will change into a camera icon that can now be dragged into an open window and screenshot it.  The screenshot will be a white border around the window with a bit of a drop shadow
  • Press and hold the spacebar: After you drag the camera icon to choose the portion of the screenshot if you press and hold the spacebar it locks the shape and size of the selection area 
  • Hold down the shift key: Pressing the shift key locks each side of the selection portion and lets you move your mouse up or down to position the bottom edge.


Shift+Command+5:If you want to take screenshots of a particular window or menu you can press the keys Shift+Command+5. After pressing the command keys, click on the Capture selected window option in the toolbar. Now the pointer will turn into a camera icon and you can drag the icon to a window to capture the screenshot. You can also take a custom screenshot by using the spacebar. There are some advanced features with this command: you can also capture video by pressing Shift+Command+5. 

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Read also: Top 5 things you didn’t know your Apple Watch could do


If you have a 16-inch MacBook Pro or a Mac with a touch bar, you can take the screenshots of the touch bar by using Shift+Command+6. 

The images that you have taken screenshots of are by default saved on your Mac desktop. But in case you are not able to find it, go to Launchpad> Other >Screenshot. 

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