How to Take Screenshots on Mac OS X? Three Ways To Do It

On a normal Windows machine, you’ll find that there’s a keyboard key dedicated to taking a screenshot (the Print Screen key). But that’s not a liberty you have on a Mac.

This is because, on a Mac, you use a set of keys to capturing the screen in various ways. While having single key sounds just great, print screen method on Mac is much smarter. There are plenty of options within the screen capture on Mac, so we’ll cover them all here.

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How to Take Screenshots on Mac OS X

#1. Capturing the full screen

For most purposes, you need to capture the whole screen. Here’s how to do that:

  • Press the Command+Shift+3 key together.
  • Your screen capture will be saved on the desktop as ‘Screenshot_’ followed by a date-time value.

#2. Capturing a particular portion

When you want to capture just a small portion of your screen, you do this:

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  • Press Command + Shift + 4.
  • The cursor changes to a + and you can then click and drag to select a particular section of the screen.
  • Once you do that, the portion is automatically captured and you’re done.

#3. Capturing a Window

Now, this is what’s most often the case. We occasionally need to capture just one particular window and this is what you do in that case:

  • Press Command+Shift+4.
  • When the cursor changes to a cross-hair (+), press the spacebar.
  • The cursor now changes to a camera icon.
  • Point and click the camera icon on the window that needs to be captured.
  • The picture, as usual, will be saved on the desktop.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

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