Are you constantly taking screenshots on your Macbook, or maybe you’re looking to take a screenshot of part of the screen and share it with someone else? You’re in luck, because we have gathered a list of the easiest ways to take screenshots on your Mac. With a little bit of practice, you’ll have no problem capturing what life throws at you!
Screenshots are invaluable when sharing information with others. It can be used as evidence for anything from customer satisfaction to plagiarism cases. However, not all operating systems allow users to capture content on the go. This is where MacOS excels: it allows users to take quick and easy screenshots without any hassle at all.
How To Take A Screenshot On Macbook
Here is a list of the most popular methods to take screenshots.
Method 1 – Use the keyboard:
Taking screenshots with your Macbook is extremely easy. The software runs on top of Hypervisor and uses the native keyboard shortcuts. This feature works by pressing down the ‘Command’ key and three other keys on your standard keyboard. The four keys that you will be using with this method are as follows:
Command + Shift + 3: Capture whole screen and save it as a .png file on the desktop
Command + Shift + 4: Capture a chosen area on your screen and save it as a .png file on the desktop
Command + Shift + Control + 3: Copy the image to the clipboard
Take note of where each key is placed. These keys are usually next to each other or surrounding another important symbol. If you’re ever confused about which keys you should be pressing, refer back to this article for assistance. Keep in mind that some keyboards might be different from what I have described above.
The following information will help you get the best results when taking screenshots with your Macbook.
Capture whole screen
Press Command + Shift + 3. This will make your Mac take a screenshot of everything on the screen and save it as a .png file on the desktop. Once you are finished, press ‘Command + Shift + 3’ again to stop capturing screens. You can also press ‘Command + Shift + Control’ to copy the image in the clipboard and paste it wherever you would like.
Capture a part of the screen
To capture part of the screen, press Command + Shift + 4. This will take you to a window that has two arrows in it. Choose which part of the screen you’d like to capture and press ‘Command + Shift + 4’ again to return back to the main menu.
Save Screenshot as an Image File
If you’d like to save your screenshot as an image file, then it is recommended that you pop open iPhotos or Preview. Choose Screen Shot (or just ‘Command + Shift+4’). It will then ask if you would prefer to use your Mac’s camera, or when you would like it saved on your computer. Choose your option and press ‘Command + Shift + 4’ again (again). If you’d like to save it to iCloud, click ‘Save to Camera Roll’.
Method 2 – The Third Party Software
Third-party software that is available from the App Store can be used to take screenshots. These programs are designed to help users capture content and share it with others.
Generally, most of these programs are easy to use and allows users to get exactly what they want when editing their images.
The easiest way to take screenshots on your Macbook is by using iPhoto. The software runs on top of the Hypervisor and allows users to take screenshots quickly and easily.
The steps below will show you how to take a screenshot from within iPhoto.
To take one screenshot:
Click on the green camera icon in the top-left corner or hit Command + Shift + 4 (or Command + Control + 4 on MacOSX).
Now that you have taken your screenshot, go back to iPhotos and choose “Print” from the menu bar at the top.
Screenshot (Mac App Store)
Another popular software used to capture screenshots of Mac computers is ‘Screenshot’. The software works by creating a floating palette that shows with a camera icon whenever you pull down your trackpad. Plus, it also allows users to take screenshots of specific sections of the screen and save them as images on your desktop. Click here to learn more about the app.
Quick Tip: Try hitting ‘Command + Shift + 3’ after pulling down the trackpad twice if you’re having troubles with this program. You will find the “Capture” option underneath the camera icon in the menu bar on top of your screen.
Taking a screenshot on a Macbook Pro
To take a screenshot on your Macbook Pro, simply press ‘Command + Shift + 4’. This will take you to the same menu as the one above, but this time it will be coloured caramel. This is because it’s Mac Pro and you probably already know that. Choose your option and press ‘Command + Shift + 4’ again (again).
Taking a screenshot on a MacBook Air
On your MacBook Air, pressing ‘Command + Shift+4’ will take you to the same menu. Choose the option that says “Save to Camera Roll”. Once again, refer back to the above article for assistance regarding these key locations.
There are a variety of quick and easy methods to take screenshots on your Macbook. Here, we have listed the two most popular methods: The keyboard shortcuts and the software. These two methods will allow you to capture everything from documents, webpages, emails and more! Try one of these out today to take full advantage of this amazing gadget!