You can capture the entire screen, a window, or just a selected portion of the screen.
- Command + Shift + 4
- Command + Shift + 3
- Command + Shift + 5 (macOS Mojave)
Here’s a guide for how to screenshot on a Mac – in other words, print screen or screengrab. It´s easy to forget the key combination and sometimes I need to google it for myself.
Taking a screenshot is actually easier on Mac than on PC with more options available as well.
How to screenshot the whole screen
If you want to save an image of what’s on your screen, it’s really simple on a Mac:
- Hold down Command + Shift + 3.
- You may hear a sound like the shutter on a camera.
- By default the screenshot will appear on your desktop.
How to screenshot part of the screen
If you want, you can choose to take a screenshot of a selected area within the screen, rather than the whole thing. This is our default method.
- Hold down Command + Shift + 4.
- You’ll see a cross appear on your screen with some numbers. Drag these crosshairs across the area of screen you want to screenshot, so that they form a rectangle around what you want to ‘grab’. To do so, click the mouse button, or press the trackpad, and drag diagonally from the top left to the bottom right.
- When you have the area covered by your rectangle release the mouse button, or the trackpad, and your screenshot will be taken.
- As we mentioned above, the screenshot will appear on your desktop as either a .jpeg or as a .png file, labelled as ‘Screen Shot’ [year]-[month]-[day] at [time]’. If you are using Mojave you will see a thumbnail appear in the bottom right of your screen that you can click on and edit straight away.
Use Shift-Command-5 in macOS Mojave
With macOS Mojave, press Shift-Command (⌘)-5 on your keyboard to see all the controls you need to capture still images and record video of your screen. Use these onscreen controls to select whether to capture the entire screen, capture a window, capture a selected portion, or record a video of the screen. (To capture the Touch Bar, continue to use Shift-Command-6.)