Sometimes it’s useful to capture an image or some text on your computer screen. But what if it’s something that’s not downloadable or copyable?
In that case, you will want to take a screenshot of all or part of your screen. Taking a screenshot is like taking a picture of something on your screen. It reserves whatever you are looking for and sends it to your download so that you can access it whenever you want.
In this tutorial, we will see how you can take a screenshot on your Mac with just a few keystrokes.
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 part of the screen or screenshot the entire screen.
If you want to capture only part of your screen (which you choose), just follow the instructions below (steps 1-4). If you want to do a full screen capture, you will get instructions to do so later.
Step 1: Press Command + Shift + 4
If you just press Command + Shift + 4, your cursor will turn into a little crosshair-looking icon.
Note that you want to press each key until you keying in the shortcut, so hold down the command key (and hold it down), then press the Shift key (while holding down the Command key, and hold down Shift key simultaneously), and then press 4 keys (while holding those other keys). You can then issue all three keys.
Step 2: Click and drag the cursor
To take a screenshot, simply click on the location where you want to start your screenshot (do not continue clicking) and drag the cursor to the location where you want to end the screenshot.
Step 3: Release your cursor click
When you find the area you want to capture, release your click press and you will hear a slight capture sound (if your voice is on). A small form of the image will appear in the lower right corner of your screen:
Step 4: Edit and save your screenshot
You can click on that mini image, and it will be opened in an editor. There you can mark it, add text and arrows (like I did above), and send it anywhere on your computer that you like. Just click on the icon in the top right that looks like a pen tip and the editor menu will open:
Once you have marked your screenshot to your heart’s desire, just save it (Command + s does the trick). You will then be able to find it on your desktop, in your “recent” or in your download.
How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac – Full Screen
If you want to capture the entire screen, you will start in the same way – by pressing Command + Shift + 4.
Then, drag the cursor to occupy just the part of the screen you want, press the space bar. (You will do this immediately after funneling into the shortcut.) This changes the screen capture field to the entire screen.
The cursor will turn into a camera icon and your entire screen will be highlighted in light pink-red. To capture a screenshot, simply click on the camera icon, and voila – you have a full screen screenshot.
How to Take Screen Recording on Mac
What if a static image is not enough to show what you want to show? What if you want to showcase yourself a new product or write instructions to a tutorial?
Mac makes that very easy. Just Shift + Command + 5 Keys. You will see a menu pop up that looks like this:
Choose whether you want to record the entire screen or only part of it (the icons appearing on the screen on that menu) and then, when you’re ready, hit record. If you want sound, make sure you enable your machine’s microphone in the “Options” drop-down menu.
To stop recording, either press the stop button or key in Command + Control + Esc.
And there you have it – now you know how to take screenshots on a Mac with just a pair of keystrokes.