Screenshot On Mac Laptop

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  • There are four ways to take a screenshot on a Mac, and all of them can be done with easy keyboard shortcuts.
  • If you press Shift + Command + 5 on your Mac's keyboard, you'll open the screenshot menu, which lets you take screenshots and videos, as well as customize your settings.
  • Pressing Shift + Command + 4 will let you take a quick screenshot anywhere on your screen, while Shift + Command + 3 will capture the entire screen at once.
  • If you have a MacBook with a Touch Bar, you can use Shift + Command + 6 to take a screenshot of the Touch Bar.
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If you see something great online, it's only natural that you'll want to share it with others. Obviously you could send a link, but what if you only want to point out a specific section or image?

This is where screenshots come in. You can take high quality screenshots on any Mac computer, and then edit or share them however you like. They'll automatically be titled 'Screen Shot,' followed by the date and time you took them.

  • Aug 02, 2021 How to take a partial screenshot on a Mac If you don't need to capture everything on your screen, you can take a partial screenshot of a picture, block of text, or whatever it is you want to grab.
  • On the other side of the pond, learning how to take a screenshot on a Windows PC or laptop can be tricky coming from a Mac. There are still a number of keyboard shortcuts involving the PrintScreen.

If you've bought or updated your Mac since 2018, you even have access to the advanced screenshot menu, which will let you take videos of your screen too.

Best of all, taking screenshots on a Mac only takes a single keyboard shortcut. Which shortcut you use, though, depends on how you want to take the picture.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac – Part of the Screen The easiest way to take a screenshot, in my opinion, is to use a simple keyboard shortcut: Command+Shift+4. The shortcut gives you the option to select a portion of the screen or to screenshot the whole screen.

Here's four ways to take screenshots on a Mac.

How to screenshot on a Mac

Every method for screenshotting on a Mac uses the Shift, Command, and number keys. In short:

  • Shift + Command + 3 takes a screenshot of the entire screen.
  • Shift + Command + 4 lets you highlight a specific part of the screen to capture.
  • Shift + Command + 5 opens the screenshot menu, which lets you do both of the above, as well as record videos and edit your screenshot options.
  • Shift + Command + 6 takes a screenshot of the Touch Bar, if your Mac has one.
© Apple; skitching by William Antonelli/Business Insider Taking a screenshot only uses three fingers. Apple; skitching by William Antonelli/Business Insider

We'll go over all of them below, starting with the most widely applicable method: the screenshot menu.

Taking a screenshot with the screenshot menu

The screenshot menu was introduced in MacOS Mojave, the big 2018 update — if you've bought or updated your Mac since then, there's a very good chance you have it.

To open this menu, press Shift + Command + 5. A small bar will appear at the bottom of the screen.

The three icons on the left will let you take a screenshot of the entire screen, a specific window, or a highlighted section, respectively. The next two icons to the right will let you record a video of the entire screen, or just a highlighted section.

The 'Capture' button on the far right will take the screenshot, or begin recording the video.

© William Antonelli/Business Insider The screenshot menu will offer you a variety of options. William Antonelli/Business Insider

There's also a menu labeled 'Options.' This menu lets you choose where to save the screenshot or video, how much time you want between pressing 'Capture' and the screenshot or video being taken, and more.

© William Antonelli/Business Insider The options menu will let you customize how your screenshots are taken. William Antonelli/Business Insider

Of note in this menu is the 'Show Floating Thumbnail' option, which is turned on by default. When this is enabled, after you take a screenshot, a tiny thumbnail of it will appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen. The screenshot won't be saved to your computer until this thumbnail disappears after a few seconds.

However, you can click this thumbnail before it disappears to open the screenshot in a new window. In this window, you can draw or type on it, crop it, share it via your Apple ID account, or delete it.

© William Antonelli/Business Insider You can make the floating thumbnail disappear faster by clicking and dragging it off the screen. William Antonelli/Business Insider

Taking a screenshot of a highlighted section or window

If you want to take a quick screenshot without going through the screenshot menu, you can use this shortcut.

When you press Shift + Command + 4, your mouse cursor will turn into a crosshair. You can then click and drag this crosshair across the screen to create a highlighted box — as soon as you let go of the mouse, your Mac will screenshot everything in the box.

© William Antonelli/Business Insider Everything in the highlighted box will be screenshotted. William Antonelli/Business Insider

But this isn't all you can do with this shortcut.

If you press Shift + Command + 4, and then press the spacebar, your crosshair will turn into a camera icon. You can then click on any open window to take a screenshot of that window — when the screenshot is saved, it'll have a gray border around it.

If you drag the crosshair to create a highlighted box, and then press and hold the spacebar, it'll lock the box so it can't change size. You can then drag the box anywhere on the screen. Just release the spacebar to take your screenshot.

Similarly, if you drag to create a highlighted box and then press and hold the Shift key, you can adjust solely the height or width of the box. Move your mouse up or down to adjust the height, and left or right to adjust the width. Let go of the mouse to take the screenshot.

Taking a screenshot of the entire screen

Pressing Shift + Command + 3 will immediately take a screenshot of your entire screen. If you're using multiple monitors, it'll take and save screenshots of every monitor.

Note that unless you enable it in the screenshot menu, this won't capture your mouse cursor. And if you have the floating thumbnail option enabled, taking screenshots in quick succession will capture the floating thumbnail in the corner, too.

Taking a screenshot of the Touch Bar

Not all Mac computers have the Touch Bar, a long but thin touch screen built into the keyboard. But if your MacBook does have one, you likely know how useful it can be.

If there's something on your Touch Bar that you'd like to show others, you can screenshot it by pressing Shift + Command + 6. This will immediately capture everything on your Touch Bar.

© Apple The Touch Bar screenshot will be as long as the actual Bar. Apple

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If your Mac doesn't have a Touch Bar, pressing this won't do anything.

Maya Kachroo-Levine contributed to an earlier version of this article.

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The interest in screenshots has increased steadily since 2009.
And it’s no secret that we’re big fans of screen capture and screenshots here at TechSmith.

Screenshots (also known as a screen grab or screen capture) are great to grab images from web pages, capture desktop applications, and create program how-tos.

And believe it or not, one of the biggest questions we get is: How do I capture a screenshot?

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Well, there are a lot of built-in programs and free tools (Snipping Tool, Mac Grab, etc.) to capture your screen.

But, if you need to take a lot of screenshots and want more flexibility and robust tools, Snagit is a great option.

One of the best parts of capturing your screen with Snagit is that you can show people exactly what you see on your desktop.

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Today, I’ll show you how to take a screenshot on Windows without the snipping tool and on Mac without the Grab tool.

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The complete guide on how to capture screen images

Feel free to use the quick links to jump to the section that you are most interested in.

Here are all the types of screen capture we will cover in this guide:

How to take a screenshot of your entire screen (Windows Mac)
How to take a screenshot of a selected portion of your screen (Windows Mac)
How to take a screenshot of a window (Windows Mac)
How to take a screenshot of a menu (Windows Mac)

The first thing you’ll want to do is download and install your screen capture software.

Capture your screen today!

Download a free trial of Snagit to quickly and easily take screenshots of your computer screen, mark them up, and share them.

If you don’t already have Snagit, you can download it for free and try the software for 15 days. Snagit works on both Windows and Mac. So no matter what platform you use it will work on your system.

You can capture your entire screen or only a selected portion of it. The screenshot automatically opens in the Snagit Editor where you can preview, edit, and share the capture.

📚Recommended Reading:Snagit vs Snipping Tool: 5 Reasons You Need To Switch

How to take a screenshot on PC

These methods work with different versions of Microsoft Windows, including Windows 8 and Windows 10.

How to take a screenshot of your entire screen (on Windows 7, 8, and 10)

Step 1: Click the Capture button or Press PrtScn (Print Screen Button).
Step 2: Once the orange crosshairs appear, click the Fullscreen button to capture the full screen.

How to take a screenshot of a selected portion of your screen (on Windows 7, 8, and 10)

Step 1: Open the Capture window.

In the Notifications area, click the red TechSmith Snagit icon to open the Capture window on the screen. If you’re in the Snagit editor, click the Capture button in the toolbar to bring up the Capture window.


Step 2: Choose your screen capture settings.

The Capture window gives you a lot of flexibility depending on what type of screen capture you want to take. Grab your entire desktop, a region, or a window with Snagit’s All-in-One Capture®. Take a quick image screenshot, or even record a video.

Step 3: Click the Capture button.

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Click the Capture button on any tab in the Capture window to start your screen capture. You can also start a capture with the current settings by pressing the PrtScn button (Print Screen), which is the default global capture hotkey. You can also customize and change the global capture hotkey.

Step 4: Click and drag the crosshairs to take a screenshot of the active window.

How to take a screenshot of a window (on Windows on Windows 7, 8, and 10)

Step 1: Click the Capture button or Press PrtScn (Print Screen).

Step 2: Move the cursor over the window to capture. When an orange dashed border appears around the window, click to select the highlighted area.

How to take a screenshot of a menu (on Windows on Windows 7, 8, and 10)

Step 1: First, select the Image tab in the Capture window.

Step 2: Next, select Menu in the Selection dropdown.

Step 3: Select the Delay option and set the number of seconds for the delay. (Optional)

Step 4: Click the Capture button or press PrtScn (Print Screen).

Step 5: Finally, your countdown will begin. Open the desired menu, and move your cursor over the menu to capture.

TIP: Save a Preset
To save the capture settings for future use, select Add Preset dropdown > New preset from current settings.

How to take a screenshot on a Mac

These methods work with different versions of macOS–10.10 (Yosemite), or higher.

How to take a screenshot of your entire screen (on Mac)

Step 1: Click the Capture button or press Ctrl-Shift-C.

Step 2: Once the orange crosshairs appear, click the Fullscreen button to capture the entire screen.

How to take a screenshot of a selected portion of your screen (on Mac)

Step 1: Open the Capture window.

In the menu bar, click the TechSmith Snagit icon to open the Capture window on the screen. If you’re in the Snagit editor, click the Capture button in the toolbar to bring up the Capture window.

Step 2: Choose your screen capture settings.

The Capture window gives you a lot of flexibility depending on what type of screen capture you want to take. Grab your entire desktop, a region, or a window with Snagit’s All-in-One Capture®. Take quick image screenshots. Or even record videos.

Step 3: Click the capture button.

Click the Capture button on any tab in the Capture window to start your screen capture. You can also start a capture with the current settings by pressing using the keyboard shortcut Control-Shift-C, which is the default global capture hotkey. You can also customize and change the global capture hotkey.

Step 4: Click and drag the crosshairs to select part or all of your screen.

How to take a screenshot of a window (on Mac)

Step 1: Click the Capture button or press Control-Shift-C.

Step 2: Move the cursor over the window to capture. When an orange dashed border appears around the window, click to select the highlighted area.

How to take a screenshot of a menu (on Mac)

Step 1: First, select the Image tab in the Capture window.

Step 2: Next, select Menu in the Selection dropdown.

Step 3: Select the Delay option and set the number of seconds for the delay. (Optional)

Step 4: Click the Capture button or press Control-Shift-C.

Step 5: Finally, your countdown will begin. Open the desired menu, and move your cursor over the menu to capture.

After you’re done, you can save your screenshots or add polish with the image editing features in Snagit. This will you give you a faster and better workflow than just using the print screen key and Microsoft Paint.

Capture your screen today!

Download a free trial of Snagit to quickly and easily take screenshots of your computer screen, mark them up, and share them.

Frequently asked questions

How do I do a screen capture?

Snagit is the best screen capture tool you can find. It’s perfect if you need to take a lot of screenshots and want more power and flexibility than built-in options.

How do you take a screenshot on Windows?

Click the Capture button in Snagit or Press PrtScn (Print Screen). Then, click and drag the crosshairs to select part or all of your screen.

How do I do a screen capture on a Mac?

Click the Capture button or press Ctrl-Shift-C. Then, click and drag the crosshairs to select part or all of your screen.

Can I turn screen captures into a video?

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Snagit now lets you turn screenshots into videos with narration and annotation. Learn how to Create Video from Images.

How do you take a scrolling screenshot?

From Snagit’s All-in-one tab click the Capture button, move the crosshairs over the window to capture, and click one of the yellow arrows depending on the direction you want to scroll. Snagit captures everything visible in the window and creates a single image that you can edit.

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How do I take a screenshot of a menu?

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First, select the Image tab in the Capture window. Next, select Menu in the Selection dropdown. Select the Delay option and set the number of seconds for the delay. Click the Capture button or press PrtScn (Print Screen). Finally, your countdown will begin. Open the desired menu, and move your cursor over the menu to capture.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.