While you must be into the habit of taking screenshots on your smartphone (it’s quite common), capturing your screen on Mac is also not out of the trend. People just do it less because they use laptops less than their phones. Besides, mostly bloggers and social media influencers do it to add the screenshots on their tutorials. That said, Macs offer ways to grab screenshots and edit them as you like to share the screenshots with your friends.

In this tutorial, we have discussed how to take a screenshot on Mac. You can do this in two ways: use a tool specially designed to help your take screenshots on Mac or do it manually with Mac’s in-built services for the purpose.

Capturing screenshots using an app

  • Using a third-party tool to take a screenshot can be beneficial since it usually provides many options and features to take different types of screenshots from a single app. All you need to do is just download and install your desired tool. Make sure the tool is secure and reliable to use. Once it is installed, run it and go to Launchpad > Other > Screenshot. It will help you take the screenshot. You can also set timers on a tool which is a benefit you don’t get on an in-built tool. Besides, you can make custom selections also.
  • To change the location where your captured screenshot must be saved, go to Launchpad > Other > Screenshot > Options and select the location of your desire.

Capturing screenshots using an in-built tool

In case you don’t want to go for a third-party app, you can still take screenshots on your Mac using its in-built tools.

Take a screenshot of the whole screen

You need to press Shift+Command+3 to take the screenshot of the entire screen on your Mac. This picture will be saved in a .png format.

Capture a particular area on the screen

In case you only need to capture a specific part, you can do this easily with this trick. Simply change the mouse pointer to make a cross-hair icon by pressing the Shift+Command+4 shortcut. When done, hold the icon and drag it to select the area which you want to capture. Once done, release the mouse button to take the screenshot.
You can change the size of the selection or you can move the selection anywhere on the screen before releasing the button. In case you selected the wrong area, you can simply press the Esc key and cancel this selection. This picture will also be in a .png format.

Take the screenshot of a window or menu

You can do this easily by changing the mouse pointer to make it a camera icon. Simply press Shift+Command+5 to do this. Once done, release the mouse button to take the screenshot. If you want to move back and forth a menu and your selection, you can press the space bar to do this.

Take a screenshot of the touch bar

If you want to capture the touch bar of your Mac, this is possible through the Shift+Command+6 shortcut. This picture will also be saved in a .png format.

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