How to Take a Screenshot in your MacOS
If you are new to Mac OS and wanted to take a screenshot of your screen and are struggling to take one, here are the different ways to take a screenshot in your macOS
First, make sure that your screen displays what you want to display in your screen. If you are trying to take a screenshot of a Google window then make sure your screen displays it.
For example here in my screen I have opened Google.
Now, Press Command + Shift + 3 keys in your keyboard. If your speakers are on, then you will hear a shutter sound when you pressed those keys. That means, a screenshot has been captured of your screen.
Once you have done the above steps, you can notice a new file on your desktop by the name starting with Screenshot followed by date and time. If your OS version is a bit older one, then the name of the file will be labelled as Picture #, where # represents the number.
If you want to crop and take a screenshot of your screen, then here is how to do that.
First of all, Press Command + Shift + 4 on your Mac keyboard.
Now, your cursor will turn into a reticle. With this reticle you can map the area which you want to take a screenshot of it. Just click and drag your cursor to map the area of which you wanted to take a screenshot. If you misplaced the area you are trying to take screenshot, then press Esc and try again the same steps to map the area.
Once you marked the area, just let go of the mouse and you will hear a shutter sound if your speakers are on. That sound indicates that the screenshot has been taken. That screenshot will be saved on your desktop with name Screenshot followed by date and time or Picture # (if you are using earlier versions of Mac). The default file format of the picture will png, but you can change the format if you wanted to. I will show you how to do that later in this article.
Taking a Screenshot of an Open Window
Press Command + Shift + 4 and then press a space bar. When you press command + shift + 4, your cursor will turn into a reticle, and once you press space bar after that, your reticle will turn into a small camera.
Now move your cursor over the window to take a screenshot of the window. Once you move over your cursor over the window, the window will turn into blue color which indicates that you have selected the window for taking the screenshot.
Now, click on it to take the screenshot of the window.
If you wanted to switch between different windows, then you can use the following command.
Command + Tab
After you click on the window, your screenshot will be saved on the screen. You can use this screenshot for sending as an attachment in emails or use it in your word documents.
Saving a screenshot to the clipboard in Mac
First of all, press Command + Control + Shift + 3
This method is very similar to the one mentioned in the above, except that it doesn’t immediately create a file in your desktop, but saves remembers it in the temporary memory.
You can also take a screenshot of a portion of your screen using Command + Control + Shift + 4 by dragging your reticle over the area you wanted to take a screenshot.
Now, use Command + V or click on Edit > Paste your image in appropriate application like word editor or image editor or email applications like Gmail or yahoo.
Taking a screenshot in your Mac OS using “Grab” utility tool in your Mac
First of all, go to Applications > Utilities > Grab in your Mac OS
Now, your Grab application will open up in your screen.
Click on Capture in your Grab application and you will be shown with four different options.
Selection – If you wanted to take a portion of your screen, then use the option “Selection” to the select the area of which you wanted to take a screenshot.
Window – If you wanted to take a screenshot of a specific window, then this option is for you.
Screen – If you wanted to take a screenshot of your entire screen, then this option is for you. Or you can simply use Apple Key + Z
Once you took the screenshot, click on File and click on Save to the save screenshot you just took.
When the new window opens up, you can also use Save As option to save under a different name. But you can only save the file in .tiff file format.
If you wanted to change the default file format which the screenshots are being saved then read below:
By default, Mac OS X saves all the screenshots in PNG file format automatically. And if you want a different format of your screenshots which are being saved in your computer, then here is how to do that.
This can be done by using the command prompt in your Mac OS X.
Open your Terminal in your Mac OS X
Now, type the following command in your terminal.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type [format]
Replace the [format] with your desired file format. If you are unsure about the file formats, here are some of the most commonly used file formats.
Here I wanted to change the default file format to JPEG, so I have used the following command.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg
I hope this article has helped you a little, please leave a comment if you have any questions regarding this.