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{Stepwise methods} How to take a screenshot on your Mac

{Stepwise methods} How to take a screenshot on your Mac
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Are you using Mac for the first time and don’t have idea how to take a screenshot on your Mac? or may be using Mac for a long time but never felt need of taking screen before ? if this is so, you aren’t alone.

There are many people including me who buy certain products just to perform the basic tasks, I’m sometimes too lazy to explore all the features that a particular product may perform.


If you have landed on this website, you must be searching for ways to take a screenshot on your Mac.

If this is so, you have come to a right place…

As I said above, you probably been using Mac for a very long time but always used it to perform the tasks such as checking mails, making slides in keynote, using Number for calculations etc. You might haven’t had need of taking screenshot on your mac. So you haven’t explored this topic before.

Well, don’t worry if you haven’t explored it before….

…because today in this article, I’ll guide you to take screenshot on mac through different ways.

There are several ways and I’ll list them all in this article, you can chose one based on your preference.

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Whether you want to capture a moment from a video that you have shot while you were on a fun tour with your family or need to take screenshot of an important document that you want to keep for your record, below shortcuts will make this task super easy.

Its my habit whenever I do any transaction online through my credit card or through online banking, after the transaction is completed, I always prefer to take screenshot of this page so that I’ve the reference number and other details of this particular transaction for my records.

I had to argue with customer executive of this insurance company for several hours before they finally sorted out the issued I had raised.

I had to renew my car insurance online. After filling all the information and making payment, as a bad habit (being sarcastic) I took the screenshot of completed transaction that have the reference number of the transaction. You can trace the transaction (payment made) with this transaction number.

I was sure the payment has been made and my car insurance has been renewed but in few hours, I received a call from insurance company that I haven’t completed the transaction (payment). I argued with this lady over phone and given her transaction ID.

In some time, they traced the payment and finally got to know I’ve made the payment and my insurance got renewed. Phew !! It was too much for a dead simple task.

I am sure if I had no detail of this transaction, this matter wouldn’t get resolved easily.

So make sure such things don’t happen with you, always take screenshot. Anways let’s get to the topic without wasting more time.

Take screenshot of entire screen

So the requirement of taking screenshot could vary. Sometimes you want to take screenshot of entire screen and some other time you want to capture just a small portion from the screen. In this method, I’ll show how to take screenshot of entire screen.

It will capture everything you have on your screen and save the file on your desktop with a format that I’ll discuss below. You can click that saved file to open and further edit. Check out.

How to screenshot on Mac

Step: 1 – Open the documents or video or a photograph or everything & anything else you want to include in this screenshot. Whatever is seen on your desktop screen will get captured in screenshot in this method. Make sure the speakers are not muted.

Step: 2 – Press Shift + Command + Number key 3 together.

screen capture

Step: 3 – Since your speaker is not muted, you will hear some clicking sound that confirms the screenshot has been taken. By default, the screenshot is saved on the desktop and the format will be similar to Screen shot 2017-06-27 at 02.45.00 PM.png. The screenshot is saved in .png format.

Step: 4 – Now you can double click the file which just saved on your desktop if you want to view or edit it further.

Wasn’t it easy?

How to screenshot partially

This method is good, if you want to capture screen partially or even completely. You will have the flexibility to increase or decrease area you want to take screenshot of.

Once you press the keys that I’m going to disclose below, you have the option to select area you want to capture. Take a look.

Keyboard to screenshot on mac

Step: 1– Again open the app or documents you want to take screenshot of.

Step: 2– Press Shift + Number key 4 + Command together.

screenshotStep: 3– Once you press above keys, the cursor will turn into crosshair. Now you can take crosshair to anywhere (for example on left top corner) on the screen you want to start screenshot from. Now click and hold and move the crosshair to other end and release mousepad’s click.

Step: 4– Just like in above method, you will hear a clicking sound and the screenshot will be saved on the desktop on your mac. It will be saved in .png format and the naming of the file would be like Screen shot 2017-06-27 at 02.45.00 PM.png  (same as in above case).

Step:5 – Double click the saved file to further edit it.

How to take Screenshot in clipboard

In above two methods, the screenshot you have taken is automatically saved on the desktop in .png format and with a pre-defined naming format for easily recognition.

In case you don’t want to save screenshot taken automatically on you mac’s desktop, you can follow this method. This method will take screenshot in clipboard and you can paste it your favorite image editor.

Step:1 – Set your desktop just as you want to see in the screenshot.

Step:2 – Press Shift + CommandNumeric key 3 (or 4 if you want to select area) + Control altogether.

Step:3 – You will hear clicking sound which assures you the screenshot is taken and copied to clipboard.

Step:4 – Open your favorite image editor and press Command + V. The screenshot taken will appears on your image editor. Now you can edit this image.

Weren’t all these methods easy? You can chose the one that you find suitable.

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