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How to Take a Screen Shot with a Mac

by Eddie V.

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How to Take a Screen Shot with a Mac

A lot of Windows' users are often confused by the new user interface on Mac computers when they make a transition from one interface to the other. Windows keyboards often have a simple print screen button on their keyboard that allows them to quickly capture a screenshot of their monitor. In Mac computers, there are a wide variety of methods for taking screenshots, and below you can find some of the common ways of taking screenshots on an Apple Mac.

  • Taking screenshots using Mojave- With the MacOS Mojave desktop app, the user can view the various screen capture options using keys shift-command-5. The user can choose to capture the entire screen, a window, record a video of the screen or take a snapshot of a selected portion. For capturing the entire screen, the user needs to select the first option from the left on the Mojave bar and click once to save the picture. The second option is used for capturing windows. Upon selecting the second option, the cursor turns into a camera and when it is hovered over the selected window and clicked, the camera takes a snapshot and saves it. The third option is used as a free-form tool to select any portion of the screen that the user chooses and save a snapshot of it.
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  • Using Keyboard shortcuts- The Mojave features work directly from the keyboard as well. For capturing the entire screen, the user needs to enter shift-command-3 and .png format of the image is saved on the desktop. Shift-command-4 followed by spacebar changes the pointer to a camera which is used for capturing windows as mentioned above. Finally, shift-command-5 followed by the spacebar changes the cursor to the free-form tool which can be used to select a portion of screen For moving the entire selection across the screen, the cursor can be moved around while holding down the spacebar. These direct shortcut commands save the pictures on the desktop in .png format.
  • Marking up, sharing and saving the images- After a screenshot has been successfully taken, it appears shortly for a while at the lower right-hand side of the screen. It is there for preview and for the user to take further action on the image. In order to save the image without any further action, the user simply needs to swipe the image right. For maximizing or opening up the image, one needs to click on the image and it becomes ready for editing. There are various markup tools that one can use to edit the image. The image can also be dragged and dropped on a suitable folder such as documents, email or the trash for storage or use. Control-clicking on the image opens up a detailed option panel for further manipulation such as changing the default save location, opening the screenshot via an app or deleting the snapshot without saving it at all.

Screen Shot on Mac
  • Settings for taking screenshots- Users can open up the screenshot controls section to change various options such as the default save location and the location of the floating thumbnail. They can also choose to use a timer that can take an image after a fixed time interval of 5 seconds or 10 seconds. Users can also choose to show or remove the mouse pointer on the screen while taking the snapshot.

As one can see, the MacOS provides an extensive range of customizability and features for taking and modifying snapshots of the screen. The MacOS is famous for it user-friendliness and its intuitive design. The yet powerful features of the Mojave and the keyboard shortcuts are just an example of the number of attractive features that the MacOS provides.  

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