So you’re wondering how to take a screenshot on a Mac? Believe it or not, this feature is super easy to use, and can also be customized to take a screen shot of only part of the screen.
The Simple Way
The first way to take a screenshot is the most simple. This can be explained in one sentence. You simply press Command+Shift+3. This will take a screenshot of the entire screen. If you don’t want literally everything on your screen to show up in the image file, then you can use this method, then crop the image afterward. The image will be saved to your desktop, where you can open it in Preview. Simply select what you want to save in the picture, then press Command+K. This will crop the image to your selection.
The Highlighting Way
This method involves dragging your cursor to highlight a specific area. This is a quick way to take a snapshot of just a specific area on your screen. Say you found a cool recipe online and you want to save a screenshot of just the recipe, and not all the clutter surrounding it. This method will do just that. The first step you will take to accomplish this screen shot method is to press Command+Shift+4, then simply click, and move your cursor to highlight the area you would like to highlight. You could click in the top left corner of your selected area, and drag to the bottom right of your selected area for example. A grayed rectangle should appear in the box you just dragged. If you made a mistake, simply hit Escape to return to a regular picture and start over.
Next you should let go of the mouse. If you have done everything correctly up until this point, you should hear a camera shutter noise. Note that you will not hear this noise if your computer’s sound is turned off. If you hear the noise, this is simply a signal that your screenshot has been taken.
Find The Screenshot
Your next mission is to hunt down the screenshot. The good news is that the screenshot will be located right on your desktop. It will be labeled as “Screen shot” with the date and time following it. Earlier versions of OS X might save the picture as a different name such as “Picture” followed by a number.
Use Your Screenshot
If you have taken all the screenshots you need, you can now use them as needed. You might choose to attach them to an email, upload them on to the Internet, or drag them into a document. This is easily done. In an email, simply drag the file into the body of the email, and it should appear. You can do the same thing when pasting the screenshot into a word processor. You should even be able to resize the screenshot to your desired size in Microsoft Word, if you have this word processor for your Mac computer.