How to Take a Screenshot On Mac

How to Take a Screenshot On Mac – Tutorial

Whilst browsing the web have you ever stumbled across a site exhibiting an image that appears as though someone took a snap shot of their Mac screen. Did you feel the pang of the envious green eye monster and wished that you could capture a screenshot on Mac?…

Well get to know these two simple Apple keyboard commands and you will be snapping away at your screen like paparazzi!

‘Screenshot Mac’ (snazzy tech term for taking a picture of your computer screen) is incredibly easy to do – no need to have an math degree here! It doesn’t require you to track down and install any confusing pricey softwares or Apps to do it. Like a lot of Apple shortcuts, all it takes is an easy to remember keyboard minoover.

How To Take A Screenshot On Mac?

Difficulty: Very Easy peasy!

There are a couple of ways on how to take a screenshot on Mac OS X, you will find below a variety,of techniques to get the perfect screenshot you’re looking for.

How to take picture of your ‘entire’ screen

This is the option you would pick if you wish to capture an impression of your whole glorious screen – icon dock, tool bar an all…

To take a screenshot of the whole computer screen press the ‘Command’ and ‘Shift’ down and once, then reach up and tap your number ‘3’ key.

Cmd + Shift + 3

How to Take a Screenshot On Mac

How Do You Know The Screenshot Mac Has Worked?

If you have your volume on full blast you will hear a ‘click’ just like when you take a pic with a camera. This noise indicates that you have successfully snapped a picture. This image will automatically save onto your desktop, usually under the title ‘screenshot Mac,’ ‘screen capture’ or sometimes plain old ‘picture’ (leaving you to give it a more exciting and inventive name.)

The screenshot will be saved as a safe PNG image which you can open with any Mac imaging software, simply print it off, or upload it to an email with ease.

How to take a snapshot of a ‘section’ of your screen.

Follow these simple instructions if you would rather home-in on a particular section of your screen…

To capture a selected part of your screen go head and hold down the ‘Command’ and ‘Shift’ keys together. But this time reach up and pick the number ‘4’ key.

Cmd + Shift + 4

Screenshot Mac

This time, instead of an on-the-spot screenshot Mac being seized, your cursor will transform into a miniature cross. Now click and drag this icon over the area you would like to capture and let go! The familiar camera shutter with sound and the new image will pop up and appear onto your desktop once again.

The techniques work for all Mac computers whether you are using old dusty versions such as Tiger and Leopard or shiny new ones like Snow Leopard and Lio. These steps above will also be the same for the new Apple system Mac OS X ‘Mountain Lion’ (I know another one!…)

So there you have it – hopefully now you know how to take a screenshot on Mac with your eyes closed!

Instead of limiting yourself to just taking a screenshot Mac, there are some really great softwares you can get to video capture all or part of your screen and even allow you to do a professionl vocie over. This is particularly helpful if you are making video’s for YouTube, Photoshop tutorials, or recording an internet help video for one of your friends or family to follow.

Fancy learning more cool Mac tips and tricks? Feel free to browser our ‘How To’ Mac tutorials!


Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Chef Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)