How to Print Screen on A Mac? Here Are Three Ways To Do It

On a typical Windows machine, you’ll find that there’s a keyboard key dedicated to capturing the screen. 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, the print screen method on Mac is much smarter.

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How to Print Screen on A Mac

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 ‘Picture_’ followed by a number (the number of screen capture)

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2. Capturing a particular portion

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

Press Command+Shift+4

The cursor changes to a+and you can then click and drag to select a particular section of the screen.

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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

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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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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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