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How To Screen shot On Mac Computer | 4 Simple Ways to Do It

For most of the people who used Windows before and now owns a Mac computer, there is a question that needs to be answered. How to screen shot on Mac computer?

Do you know how to screenshot on Mac computer?

There are different Mac computers including Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, Mac Mini, and all other Mac computers but there are some basic ways for taking a screenshot on Mac computer.

What is a Screenshot?

Though most Windows users who migrated to Mac computers do not know how to screenshot on Mac computer, but there are some people that do not know what is a screenshot.

So what is a screenshot?

In simple words, we can define screenshot as a photo of what is on your computer’s screen. Now. there is a question, how to screen shot on Mac or how to screenshot on Mac computer.

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How To Screenshot On Mac Computer

To answer how to screen shot on Mac computer, we can say that Mac owners including MacBook laptops, iMac all-in-ones or Mac Mini and Mac Studio desktops can take a screenshot on mac with keyboard shortcuts in three basic ways.

However, the Macbook Pro owners with Touch Bar can take a screenshot using Touch Bar for a forth method. Remember that, MacOS software also gives you a few options to easily save, delete and open the screenshot.

 Method 1: Cmd-Shift-3

Taking a Screenshot on Mac using Cmd+Shift+3 is the best and the simplest method. Use Cmd+Shift+3 to capture a screenshot of your entire screen.

Method 2: Cmd-Shift-4 

This keyboard combo is the best method to capture a screenshot if you want to capture just a part of your screen.

By using this keyboard combo your cursor turns into a crosshair which then you can drag to select a portion of your screen. And release the mouse button or trackpad to take the shot.

Note: This method gives you a number of other options after hitting Cmd-Shift-4:

Press and release the spacebar: If you press and release the spacebar the crosshair turns into a little camera icon, which you can move over any open window. Then you can click on your desired window to take a screenshot of it. However, a screenshot captured by this method features a white border around the window with a bit of a drop shadow.

Press and hold the spacebar: Pressing and holding the spacebar locks in the shape and size of the selection area but lets you reposition it on the screen. (after dragging to highlight an area but before releasing the mouse button or trackpad). This method is very handy if your initial selection area is off by a few pixels. Remember that just hold down the spacebar to reposition it before releasing the mouse button to capture a screenshot.

Hold down the Shift key: What happens if you hold down the shift key?

Taking a screenshot on Mac using this method locks in each side of the selection area made with the crosshairs save the bottom edge, letting you move your mouse up or down to position the bottom edge. (after dragging to highlight an area but before releasing the mouse button or trackpad).

Remember that without releasing the mouse button, release the Shift key and hit it again to reposition the right edge of your selection area. And you can toggle between moving the bottom edge and right edge by keeping the mouse button or touchpad engaged and pressing the Shift key.

Method 3: Cmd-Shift-5

How To Screen shot On Mac Computer using CMD-Shift-5

Back in 2018 Apple introduced a shortcut command Cmd-Shift-5 in MacOS Mojave which calls up a small panel at the bottom of your display. This small panel gives you 3 options to capture screenshots. The best thing about taking a screenshot on Mac using this method is that you can capture the entire screen, a window or a part of your screen.

Similarly, the two video-recording buttons give you the option to record your entire screen or a part of it.

The option button gives you the option to save your screenshot wherever you want: Desktop, Documents, Clipboard, Mail, Messages, Preview or Other Location.

Method 4: Taking a screenshot on Mac for Touch Bar | Cmd-Shift-6

There is a bonus for older Macbook Pro owners with Touch Bar. You can take a screenshot of what’s showing on your Touch Bar using Cmd-Shift-6. Use Cmd-Shift-6 to take a very wide and skinny screenshot of your Touch Bar if you want.

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