How many times have you been on the computer and wanted to take a screenshot of your internet browser or within another application you might be using? While Windows users have a screen capture tool on most keyboards that is easy to use, it’s not so easy to figure out how to screen capture when using a Mac. The good news is that this is simply a matter of knowing what keys you need to click. To master the art of screen capturing on Mac, simply watch the quick video tutorial below.
How-to: Screen Capture on a Mac (Print Screen / Screenshot) Basic Keystroke + Advanced Commands
So you want to capture your screen on a Mac. Apple Computers don’t have a Print Screen key like PCs but I’ll show you the simple keyboard command for taking a screenshot. I’ll share some advanced features too. When you’re on the screen you want to capture an image of there are three keys to hold down at the same time.
Command shift and three an image of your screen will be saved as a file on your desktop. Again that’s command shift 3. But what if you don’t want a file on your desktop you just want to copy the image to paste into another application just add the control key to that same keystroke. So now it’s a command control ship 3. Now you’ve copied the screen to your clipboard and you can paste it into Photoshop for example. Again that’s command control shift 3 and taking control of my image so I can paste it wherever I want. Those last two commands capture your entire screen. But what if you just want a section. Saved modifier keys command and shift but four instead of three. Command shift 4 brings up a handy selection tool. Click and drag to select the area you want to capture and when you let go. It’s saved on your desktop. Likewise, you can add controls so command control shift for copies that selection to your clipboard so you can paste it somewhere else. If we have command shift 3 and command shift 4 what’s the story with one into that you want.
Is he who keystroke your command shift.
Nothing. None of these numbers do anything.
You can also screen capture just one window by hitting command shift 4. Let go then hit the spacebar. This camera cursor lets you click on a window to capture it. Also when using command shift for a while dragging the cursor hold down space to drag the area somewhere else. Hold down shift to only drag one edge at a time or hold down option to lock the center of the area. So let’s review the command ship 3 for the whole screen save to your desktop. Command shift 4 to select an area and command shift 4 then space to capture a window. Add a control to any of these to copy your image. Take control of it and paste it somewhere else.
That’s it for today’s lesson. Wait. BONUS TIP. iPhone. The lock button and the home button at the same time. Foom screenshot. You’re welcome.
Special thanks to Griffin Hammond for the video tutorial and walk through.