Taking a screenshot of your Macbook can be a useful way to quickly capture information, log error messages, or create images to share with friends & colleagues. macOS allows you to take a picture of the entire screen and smaller sections or individual windows. What if you own a Macbook or iMac and can’t figure out how to take a screenshot?
We’ve put together a quick guide to all the types of Macbook screenshots you can take, and most importantly, you won’t need the help of any third-party software.
How To Take Screenshots On Macbook
If you want to take a quick snapshot of everything you can see on your Mac’s screen, there’s a combination of keys you can use. Hold down the Shift key, add the Command key (cmd) and the number key 3 (Shift + Command + 3). When they’re pressed together, you’ll hear a small sound and a screenshot of your Mac’s full screen will appear on the home screen view.
How Do You Take Screenshots On A Macbook
If you don’t need to capture everything displayed on the screen, you can still capture part of an image, block of text, or whatever you want to capture. With this method, you can save time by capturing only the necessary information instead of re-editing them after taking a picture of the entire screen.
Follow the steps below to take a partial screenshot of your Macbook:
Step 1: Hold Shift + Command + number 4, you will see a cross appear replacing the normal mouse pointer.
Step 2: Hold and drag the mouse pointer to the location to capture the screen.
Step 3: Then let go and the Macbook screenshot command will be activated and the screenshot will be saved on the Macbook Desktop.
How To Take Pictures On Macbook
Another option allows MacOS users to freely capture the interface of a working window on their Macbook. To do this, make sure that the workspace panel is selected (you need to click on it), then press and hold the Shift + Command + 4 + Space keys.
You’ll notice that the mouse pointer will be changed to a camera icon, a sign that it’s ready to take a screenshot. If you have selected the wrong window to capture, press the Esc (Escape) key to cancel this operation. If everything is still as planned, then click again and the screenshot will be sent to the Macbook’s Desktop.
How Do You Take Screenshots On A Mac
The latest versions of MacOS allow you to take screenshots manually with an app called built-in, screenshot. Added to macOS Mojave, Screenshot gives you different screenshot capture options, including Full Screen, Part of the Screen, and Manual Click and Drag Selection.
You can even record your Mac’s screen from this app and choose where to save the files so you can easily find them later.
Here’s how to use the Screenshot app to take pictures of objects in macOS:
Step 1: Press Shift + Command + 5 to open the Screenshot application. A tool will appear at the bottom of your screen.
Step 2: Click on the tool you want to use. You can capture the whole screen, capture a Window window, capture part of the screen, record the whole screen or a part of the screen.
For the Full Screen or Part of the Screen selection, you choose Capture. For the window screen capture option, move the mouse pointer to the window and then click on it. To record a video, select Record. And to stop recording the screen, select the Stop Recording button in the Menu bar.
In Options, you can specify where you want to save the file so you can find it any time you want.