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How to take a screenshot on Mac

There are a couple of shortcuts you can use to snap a quick screenshot on your Mac. We’ve compiled this step-by-step guide to show you what types of screenshots Apple offers and how to capture your screen.

There are plenty of reasons to save a screenshot. From sharing content with friends, to reporting technical issues or saving a shop page so you remember to revisit later, the screenshot function is something that comes in handy almost every day.

But, what if you’re new to Mac? Unlike many PCs, Apple’s Mac, iMac and MacBook ranges do not include ‘Print Screen’ buttons on their keyboards, making how to access the feature a little less obvious.

Read on to find out how to take a screenshot on your Mac.

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How to take a full screen screenshot on Mac: 

  • Press Shift, Command and 3 at the same time

  • Click on the thumbnail to edit or just wait for it to save to your desktop

How to screenshot a portion of the screen on Mac: 

  • Press Shift, Command and 4 at the same time to turn your mouse into a crosshair

  • Click and drag the crosshair across the area you want to capture and release to take a screenshot

  • Click on the thumbnail to edit or just wait for it to save to your desktop

You can also move your selection by holding the Space bar and dragging it, or cancel the screenshot by hitting the Escape key.

How to screenshot a window or menu: 

  • Press Shift, Command, 4 and the Space bar at the same time to turn your mouse into a camera icon

  • Click on the window or menu you want to capture to screenshot it

  • Click on the thumbnail to edit or just wait for it to save to your desktop

You can choose to exclude the window’s shadow by pressing and holding the option key while you click, or cancel the screenshot by hitting the escape key.

How to screenshot the Touch Bar on Mac:

  • Press Shift, Command and 6 at the same time to screenshot your Touch Bar

  • Click on the thumbnail to edit or just wait for it to save to your desktop

This feature is only available on MacBook Pro devices with the Touch Bar running macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later.

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Any screenshots that you snap will automatically be saved to your desktop under the name “Screen Shot [date] at [time].png”. This is particularly useful if you’re taking multiple screenshots in a row, as you’ll be able to see which is the most recent screenshot.

If you’re not a fan of a cluttered desktop, you can also change the default location of your screenshots using macOS Mojave or later. Simply open the Screenshot app and choose “Options”.

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