How to Take a ScreenShot on A Mac and Macbook Pro in 2018

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HOW TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT ON A MAC & MacBook PRO IN 2018

mac screenshot imageHow to Take A Screenshot on a Mac using Built-in Keyboard Functions

A lot of people come to this page wanting to know how to take a screenshot on a mac so we want to make sure to give you the answer to that question as soon as possible.  So without further a due, here is how you take a screenshot on a mac for various results.

How to take a Screenshot of your Entire Screen and Save as a file on your desktop?

(note the screenshot file name will look like this: Screen shot 2018-01-12 at 11.45.00 AM.png”.)

hold down
command
and shift and press #
3

How to take a partial screenshot on a mac of a specific item or window?

(note the screenshot file name will look like this: Screenshot 2018-01-12 at 11.45.00 AM.png”.)

STEP 1:

hold down
command
and shift and press $
4

 Then

Step 2:

PRESS SPACEBAR and CLICK ON SOMETHING (like a window to capture the image)

 How to take a partial Screenshot on a mac by drawing a square around your desired capture?

(note the screenshot file name will look like this: Screenshot 2018-01-12 at 11.45.00 AM.png”.)

Step 1:

hold down
command
and shift and press $
4

Step 2:

Use your mouse to draw a rectangle in order to specify what to capture

Here is a great video showing you how to take a screenshot on your mac.

What if you don’t want to create a screenshot and turn it into a file?

So sometimes you may just need a quick screen capture to copy and paste one time and you have no need to create a file from of your screenshot.  We have you covered there too.

How do I create a screenshot that goes to the clipboard?

It’s really easy to create a screenshot that gets copied to the clipboard on the mac. You basically just need to hold CONTROL with any of the screenshot capture techniques above.  So here is what the clipboard screen capture commands look like.

How to take a Screenshot of your Entire Screen and Save and copy to the clipboard?

(note the screenshot file name will look like this: Screen shot 2018-01-12 at 11.45.00 AM.png”.)

HOLD CONTROL

Plus

hold down
command
and shift and press #
3

How to take a partial screenshot on a mac of a specific item or window that goes into your clipboard?

(note the screenshot file name will look like this: Screenshot 2018-01-12 at 11.45.00 AM.png”.)

STEP 1:

HOLD CONTROL

Plus

hold down
command
and shift and press $
4

 Then

Step 2:

PRESS SPACEBAR and CLICK ON SOMETHING (like a window to capture the image)

 How to take a partial Screenshot on a mac by drawing a square around your desired capture and copy it to the clipboard?

(note the screenshot file name will look like this: Screen shot 2018-01-12 at 11.45.00 AM.png”.)

Step 1:

HOLD CONTROL

Plus

hold down
command
and shift and press $
4

Step 2:

Use your mouse to draw a rectangle in order to specify what to capture

How do I Paste the Screenshot I just took and copied to the Clipboard?

Now that you’ve captured your screenshot and copied into your Mac’s clipboard you probably want to paste it somewhere, well here is how you do that:

hold down
command
and press V

What other ways are there to take a screenshot on my mac besides keyboard shortcuts?

A lot of people hate keyboard shortcuts, I happen to be one of them, not because they aren’t useful, it just takes me a minute to remember which shortcut does what, and by the time I figure it out, it’s not much of shortcut anymore.  So, I tend to do things other ways and not by utilizing keyboard shortcuts. So, I wanted to make sure we took care of other people out there that are in the same boat. So in this section, you will see how to create a screenshot or capture without using your keyboard.

How to take a screenshot on a Mac or MacBook Pro using Preview.

Below you will a screenshot of how to take a screenshot using preview. Ironically, I actually used the keyboard shortcuts above to do it since it was easier, huh, go figure. lol

There is an added benefit to taking your screenshots using this method as you can pick what time of file your screenshot is saved as. So if having a specific file type of your screenshot is important then this could be a great option. You can save your capture as JPG, TIFF, PDF, and other file formats.

Capture using preview on mac Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 2.46.32

What if I want to take a Screenshot and be able to Write on it or highlight something?

A lot of times a quick screenshot is great, but if you want to point out something specific or add some text, you may look at some other great free screen capture options for the mac. One I use all the time is SNIP.

Snip tool for screen Capture images For instance this a Snip I took and added text to for our Shutter speed article in our photography section.  You can see we took the screenshot using snip and then easily added an arrow and text to make our image more impactful to the lesson.

It’s a free tool and works great with some additional editing features.  (The files will be named something like snip2011801_1.png )

Windflower in motion example of different shutter speeds and how they affect photo

The conclusion of our How to take a screenshot on your Mac and MacBook Pro in 2018 article.

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