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How to screenshot on Mac

In today’s tutorial, you will find out how to take screenshots on your Mac computer.

I use screenshots all the time. Even when writing this article I had to take one screenshot (picture below). Luckily, this task is very easy and you will do it in no time. Let me explain…

How to take screenshots on Mac

There are actually 4 different possibilities when creating screenshots on Mac. First of all, you can take a screenshot of all your screen or a screenshot of only a selection of the screen. And then, you can either save your screenshot to the clipboard or to a file. So, as you can see the combinations are: the whole screen to the clipboard[1], the whole screen to file[2], selection to the clipboard[3] and selection to file[4].

I think that it is a good idea to learn keyboards shortcuts to perform any of these tasks quickly. By doing so, you will be able to make them very quickly. Here are some bullet points with keyboard combination for each action:

  • Shift+Command+3 – saves picture of whole screen to a file
  • Shift+Command+4 – saves picture of selected area to a file
  • Control+Shift+Command+3 – copies picture of whole screen to clipboard
  • Control+Shift+Command+4 – copies picture of selected area to clipboard

Try to use key combinations for a few days and you will see that you can remember them. If you want to edit your pictures, use the first two options. If you want just want to paste a picture from the clipboard (by using Command+V), use two second options. I personally like to save the screenshots in a file so I tend to use the first two options more often.

If for any reason you are not happy with the keys combination, you can change it. Just go to System Preferences/Keyboard/Shortcuts and choose Screenshots from the menu to the left.

To change key combination, double click the shortcut you want to change (as indicated below) and use your keyboard to register new combination.

Screenshot keystroke combinations on Mac

As you can see there is actually one more useful key combination. Use Shift+Command+5 to change some of the screenshot settings. You can, for instance, change the location where the file is saved when making a screenshot.

Also, you can create a screenshot of an active window. This option was not available before, you could have the whole window or window selection. It is quite useful because it creates a nice, rounded picture of active windows and can save time.

Last but not least, by using this combination you can record a screencast. This can be useful for instance if you make tutorials and want to show people how to do something on Mac.

That is all for today. I hope you liked and that now you will be able to easily make screenshots. If you have any question regarding this topic, please write a comment below and I will try to help. Have a good day!

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