How to take a screenshot on a Mac

Apple keyboards don't have a "PrtSc" key or :-) a "Windows" key, so the keyboard shortcuts are completely different.

Hold down "command" and "shift" press "3"   Your macOS captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on the desktop.

Hold down "command" and "shift" press "4"   Use your mouse to draw a rectangle to indicate what you want to capture, or press the spacebar and then click something (such as a window) to capture it. Your Mac will then save it as a file on your desktop.

The file name will look like "Screen shot 2024-12-07 at 09.50.12 PM.png".  

How can I save the screenshot to the clipboard instead?

Hold down "control" together with any of the combinations above and your macOS takes a screenshot and copies it to the clipboard instead of saving it as a file.   

How can I insert a screenshot into a document or something like that?

Hold down "command" and press "V" and your macOS pastes the screenshot that is in the clipboard into a document or image you are currently editing.

Is there a special program for taking screenshots?

Hold down "Shift"  and "command" and press "5" and your macOS starts the Screenshot program. This offers many options. With Screenshot app, you can open screenshots directly in Preview. There you can save your screenshots in PDF, JPG, TIFF and other file formats.

"Command" + "Shift" + "6" can also capture screenshots through the Touch Bar and saves it as a file on the desktop.

Screen Capture with Terminal 

Simply invoke it on the command line: % screencapture

To capture the entire screen, type screencapture ~/Desktop/screenshot.pdf, where ~/Desktop/screenshot.pdf is the path and filename to which you wish it saved. To capture the screen interactively in regional or window mode, use screencapture -i screenshot.pdf  

You can edit your screenshot in our online image editor and save it in any format you need.



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