How to Printscreen on a Mac

How to take a screenshot on a Mac

The Printscreen key takes care of this on Windows computers but how do you do it on a Mac?

If you want to printscreen to a file you can do the following:

  • Command+Shift+3: This will take a screenshot of the full screen and save it as a file on your desktop.
  • Command+Shift+4: This will bring up a selection box so you can choose an area of the screen to screenshot then it will save as a file to the desktop.
  • Command+Shift+4 then Spacebar, then click a window: This will take a screenshot of the window you just selected and save it as a file to the desktop.

If you want to save it to the Clipboard so you can Paste it into another application then use the following shortcuts:

  • Command+Control+Shift+3: This will take a screenshot of the full screen, you can Paste the image into any suitable application.
  • Command+Control+Shift+4: This will bring up a selection box so you can choose the area of the screen to screenshot, you can then Paste the image into any suitable application.
  • Command+Control+Shift+4 then spacebar, then click a window: This will take a screenshot of the window you just selected, you can then Paste the image into any suitable application.

The Command key is located either side of the spacebar and has cmd on it, some older Mac keyboards had an Apple logo on the command key instead.

Business IT Support Ltd. provide IT Support in Wiltshire for Windows and Mac's, if you need help get in touch.

You can easily contact us by email, via our enquiry form or simply call us on 01373 888 333. Posted by Lee Edge on 29/06/2012


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