Mac

How to take a screenshot on a Mac

hold down
command
and shift and press #
3
= Your Mac captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on the desktop. The file name will look like “Screen shot 2022-05-21 at 08.45.00 AM.png”.

How do I take a partial screenshot?

hold down
command
and shift and press $
4
= Use your mouse to draw a rectangle in order to specify what to capture – or press the spacebar and then click on something (e.g. a window) to capture it. Your Mac then saves it as a file on the desktop. The file name will look like “Screen shot 2022-05-21 at 08.45.00 AM.png”.

Where is my Screenshot?

You will find the file on the desktop. Also the Finder might be helpful.

Can you show me in a video?

I don’t need a file. How can I have a screenshot in the clipboard instead?

hold down control together with any of the combinations above = Your Mac takes a screenshot and copies it to the clipboard (instead of saving it as a file).

I guess it’s in the clipboard now. How can I paste it into a document or something?

hold down
command
and press V = Your Mac pastes the screenshot (that is in the clipboard) into a document or image you are currently editing.

Is there a dedicated program for taking screenshots?

hold down
command
and and press %
5
= Your Mac starts the Screenshot program. This offers many options.

How can I have my screenshots in other file formats than PNG?

With the Screenshot program (see previous question) you can open screenshots directly in the Preview program. There you can save your screenshots in JPG, TIFF, PDF, and other file formats.

How can I take a screen recording?

With the Screenshot program (see above) you can also take screen recordings.

How can I have my screenshots in other file formats than PNG?

With Preview (see previous question) you can save your screenshots in JPG, TIFF, PDF, and other file formats.

How do I take a screenshot of the Touch Bar (MacBook Pro)?

hold down
command
and shift and press ^
6
= Your Mac captures the entire Touch Bar and saves it as a file on the desktop.

How can I take screenshots using the command line (“Terminal”)?

  • Try help: man screencapture
  • Example with delay: screencapture -T 10 ~/Desktop/screenshot.png