How to print screen on mac

It’s easy to take a screenshot on a Mac. Print screen, screengrab or screen capture – whatever you want to call it, we show how to capture an image of whatever’s on your Mac’s display and save it as an editable file.

Taking a screenshot is far easier on Mac than on PC (no surprises there) with more options available, too; we explain the best methods in this article.

How to print screen on mac

How to screenshot the whole screen

  1. Hold down Commad (also known as the ‘Apple key’) and Shift, then press 3.
  2. You will hear a sound like the shutter on a camera…
  3. The screenshot will appear on your desktop as a .png file. (We explain how to change where the screenshot is saved later in this article.)

The basics of taking a Mac screenshot are very simple – hold Command and Shift, then press 3. It’s as simple as that.


How to screenshot part of the screen

If you want, you can choose to take a screenshot of a selected area within the screen, rather than the whole thing. This is our default method.

  1. Hold down Command + Shift, then press 4.
  2. Drag crosshairs across the area of screen you want to screenshot. Click the mouse button, or the trackpad and drag diagonally from the top left to the bottom right (or vice versa).
  3. The screenshot will appear on your desktop as a .png file, labelled as ‘Screen Shot’ [year]-[month]-[day] at [time]’.

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