How to Take Screenshot on a Mac

For longtime Mac users to take screen capture is an easy task. then what happens if this happens to new users or users that move the operating system such as windows? of course, this is not easy. Taking a screenshot in Windows takes a few steps by pressing the “Print Screenshot” button, followed by opening Paint, then press Control + V.

What about the Mac? There are several ways to take screenshots on a Mac?

How to Screenshot on a Mac

Command + Shift + 3: Take Screenshot One Screen

The resulting image will be stored on desktop in PNG format. The screenshot taking is commonly used by users.

Command + Shift + 4: Take Screenshot of Selected Area

Mac offers the option to the user in taking a screenshot. When using this method, you should select the region to be used as a screenshot. Once selected, eat a screenshot will be stored on the desktop.

Command + Shift + 4 → Space: Take a Selected Window Screenshot


If you want to take a screenshot for a particular window, for example screenshots for Safari window only, then this way will be very useful. After pressing Command + Shift + 4, press space and a small camera will appear. Select the window you want to screenshot and the results will appear on the desktop.

Take a Screenshot Using a Timer

In addition to using the shortcut above, you can also take advantage of Grab application which is the default application OS X. Grab can be found in the Utilities folder. In addition to offering screenshot capture capabilities already mentioned above, Grab can also take screenshots after a few seconds. This function will be useful if you can not take screenshots when an application shortcut overwrites the screenshot shortcut. Run Grab and hit Command + Shift + Z to take a timed screenshot.

Changing the Location Format and Screenshot


Not everyone likes the PNG format and saves screenshots on the desktop. To change both things is very easy. Having used the Tinker Tool to turn off the Resume feature can change it in the General section.

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