Print Screen on Mac

On a typical Windows machine, you’ll find that there’s a keyboard key dedicated to capturing the screen. But that’s not liberty you have on a Mac. But on Mac, you get way more options to take a screenshot compared to a Windows machine.

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. There are five ways you can take a screenshot on a Mac, and we have detailed all of them below.

Before you proceed, please read some key things that you need to know:

  • Screenshots are saved in .PNG format from Mac OS X 10.6 and above.
  • They are saved to Desktop by default along with date and time.
  • Certain apps like DVD player may not allow taking screenshots.
  • You can open saved screenshots with Preview, Safari, and other apps.

How to Print Screen on a Mac

Method #1. Capturing the full screen

For most purposes, you may need to capture the whole screen. Doing that is pretty simple, press three combinations of keys on your Mac as described below:

Press the Command + Shift + 3 key together

Capturing the Full Print Screen on Mac

Your screen capture will be saved on the desktop as “Screen Shot” followed by date and time.

Method #2. Capturing a particular portion

If you wish to screenshot a particular part of the screen, the process of three key combination remains the same; it’s just that the combination of keys is slightly changed.

Press the Command + Shift + 4 key together

Capture Particular Portion Print Screen on Mac

The cursor changes to a Print Screen icon 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.

Method #3. Capturing a window

In most of the cases, we need to capture just one particular window. Just make sure that the window you wish to capture is active and open and then do the following:

Press the Command + Shift + 4 key together

Capture Particular Portion Print Screen on Mac

When the cursor changes to a cross-hair Print Screen icon, press the spacebar Spacebar Key on Mac.

The cursor now changes to a camera icon 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.

Method #4. Taking a Screenshot of a Menu on Mac

Step #1. Open the menu that you wish to capture.

Step #2. Now press Command + Shift + 4 key and mouse cursor will turn to cross-hair iconPrint Screen icon.

Step #3. Press the spacebar key Spacebar Key on Mac after the cursor has turned to cross-hair icon and the icon will now change to camera iconCamera icon.

Step #4. Navigate the Camera icon to the menu you wish to capture.

Step #5. You’ll notice that the menu is highlighted, it is now time to capture it. Just click the mouse button to capture the menu.

Taking a Screenshot of a Menu on Mac

Method #5. Capturing the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

Before you jump to the tutorial, make sure your MacBook Pro is running macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later.

You need to press shift + command + 6 key to capture the screen.

Capturing the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro Using Keyboard Shortcut

You are at liberty to customize the Control Strip region of your Touch Bar and include a Screenshot option. This will make it easier at it gives you an easy way to take the screenshot, change screenshot type, and also change the location to save it.

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