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4 Useful Ways to Take a Screenshot on Mac

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Are you struggling to take a screenshot on Mac? It could be one of the two reasons. Either you’ve never felt the need to take a screenshot on mac before, or you’re one of the newbies to the Apple Macintosh. Whatever the case maybe, take this as a quick guide to learn a few useful shortcuts to help you with what you came here for.

 

Taking a screenshot on a mac is actually quite straightforward and easy. If you are a complete noob, it may appear to you at first that you might need to install a third party application. But that’s not true. In fact mac’s built in screenshot taking feature is quite impressive. I must admit that learning the shortcut to taking screenshots on mac has turned out to be really productive for me in making presentations and doing some graphical changes here and there.

 

There are several ways to take a screenshot with mac, but I find the following more relevant and useful for day to day use.

 

A. Screenshot of the entire display on Mac

 

1. How to take a screenshot of the entire display on mac and save it as a PNG file on the desktop?

Press [Command – Shift – 3] as shown in the image below. Your screenshot of the entire display will be saved on the desktop as a PNG file. In the case of multiple monitors, a different file for each display will be saved.Take-a-Screenshot-on-Mac

 

2. How to take a screenshot of the entire display on mac and copy it on the clipboard?

If you don’t prefer saving a PNG file of your display screenshot on the desktop, you can copy it on the clipboard instead. This method comes in very handy specially when you’re working on a Powerpoint document or Photoshop, because you can just copy the screenshot directly on your mac’s memory and paste it in the document.

Press [Command – Control – Shift – 3] as shown in the image below to copy the entire display on the mac’s clipboard.

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B. Screenshot of an area / selection

 

3. How to take a screenshot of a selected area on mac and save it as a PNG file on the desktop?

Press [Command – Shift – 4] as shown in the image below. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair that will allow you to make a selection on the screen:

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Once you’re done making your selection, the screenshot of the selected area on the screen will be saved on the desktop as a PNG file.

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4. How to take a screenshot of a selected area on mac and copy it on the clipboard?

Press [Command – Control – Shift – 4] as shown in the image below to copy the entire display on the mac’s clipboard.

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Taking a screenshot on mac is a very important feature that I learnt the hard way. It really makes the screenshot taking process quite easier. There are more native mac ways to take screenshots and tons of third party software available, however, the shortcuts displayed above are quite enough and useful for day to day screenshot taking requirements.

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