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Mac (How To) Take a Screenshot on a Mac

This is an article captured from the Apple support site. You can capture your entire screen or just a selected portion. The screenshot is automatically saved to your desktop in any of the below instances. (Full article is located at

How to Capture the Entire Screen 

Press Command+Shift+3. The screenshot is added to your desktop. This is similar to using Print Screen on a PC.

full screen capture

How to Capture a Portion of the Screen

Press Command+Shift+4, and then drag the crosshair pointer to select the area. Hold Shift, Option, or the Space bar while you drag to resize the selection area. To cancel, press Escape (esc) before you release the mouse button.

partial screen capture

How to Capture a Specific Window within the Screen

Press Command+Shift+4, press the Space bar, move the camera pointer over the window to highlight it, and then click.

This works with open Finder windows and most application windows.

To cancel, press Escape (esc) before you click.

How to Capture a Menu

Click the menu to reveal its contents, then press Command-Shift-4 and drag the crosshair pointer over the area.

To take a screenshot of the menu without the title, hover over the menu, press Command+Shift+4 and the Space bar.

To cancel, press Escape (esc) before you click.

How to Take a Screenshot of the Touch Bar

If you have a Mac with a Touch Bar and macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later

Press Command+Shift+4

You can also customize the Control Strip region of your Touch Bar to include a Screenshot button. Then tap the Screenshot button to see options for the type of screenshot and where to save it.

For more information or help, refer to Apple's support page: Take a Screenshot on Your Mac

Learn more

  • In Mac OS X v10.6 and later, the screenshots are saved as PNG files on the desktop. They're automatically named "Screen shot (date and time).png." You can open these screenshots with Preview or other image editing apps.
  • You can also take screenshots using the Grab app.
  • Some apps, such as DVD Player, may not let you take screenshots of their windows.
  • To capture a partial screen or a window selection to the Clipboard instead of a desktop file, use Command+Shift+Control+4.


Keywordshow to, mac, screen shot, apple, screen, display   Doc ID46229
OwnerHelp Desk K.GroupUW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created2015-01-15 11:29:41Updated2023-06-05 13:44:55
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