If you have always worked on a Windows OS (operating system) previously, it becomes quite difficult to get used to the Mac OS rapidly. In windows, a “print screen” key is present on the keyboard and you can easily find it, but this is not in the case with Mac OS, especially if you are a new user. Unluckily, there is no such key related to the function of the print screen on Mac. However, you can still take screenshots by following some complicated steps that are hard to remember sometimes. But the outcome of the process is quite flexible and appropriate if you are especially considering capturing a perfect screenshot on your MacBook Pro, Air or iMac.


Print Screen on Mac

There are several ways and methods about which you must be aware of that how do you screenshot on Mac. Out of which, the best five ways are as follows:

1. Print Full Screen on Mac

In order to print full screen on Mac, it is the best method to opt for. It lets you capture all the things that are showing on your computer. You just have to give attention that you make the screen display accurately that you wish to show in the image of the screenshot. Then, you are required to press the Command as well as Shift keys at the similar time along with the tap on number 3 key – [Command + Shift + 3]. After this, the screenshot will get automatically saved on the desktop of your laptop. This is one of the easiest methods to take a screenshot on a Mac.

print screen mac
print screen mac

2. Save Mac Screenshot to Clipboard

This method also functions exactly similar to the above one, with the exception that in this, the screenshot does not instantaneously get saved as a file over the Mac OS. Actually, it is saved to the clipboard. Here, you have to press the Control + Command + Shift + 3 at one similar time and then paste Mac screen over an alternative program in order to edit it, if required.

Check Also: Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

3. Capture a Part of Mac Screen

With the help of this method, you can capture any part of the screen over your Mac. Firstly, you should be sure that screen of which you want to get screenshot must be above all the other screens. After checking this, you have to press the – Command + Shift + Key 4. After this, the cursor will change into a tiny Crosshair-Reticle. Then, you have to click and drag it to focus the part of which you want to have the screenshot. As soon as you free the mouse, the screenshot automatically will get saved on your computer’s desktop.

print screen mac

4. Capturing a Particular Application on Mac

This is the best method to capture a whole open window of a particular application. Here, you are required to press the Command + Shift Key + 4 Key at one single point of time. Then, you have to press the spacebar key. Now, the cursor on the screen will turn into a tiny camera and you have to move it to the area which you wish to capture. After this, again tap the space bar key, and it will print screen on Mac.

print screen mac

5. Apply Grab Utility in Mac OS X

For applying the Grab utility in Mac OS to capture the screenshots, you have to go to the Applications > Utilities > Grab. In order to capture the screenshot, just run the Grab, and then select the ways of capturing through the menu of Capture. There are basically four ways from which you can select the option i.e. Selection, Screen, Timed Screen and Window. After this, the image will get captured and you can save the print screen on Mac.

print screen on mac
print screen mac

So, the above methods will help you in getting familiar with the ways to print screen on Mac in the easiest manner. You can also take print out of the saved screenshot images whenever required as you have to just preview the image and then give the print out the command to your computer or laptop.


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