Many of us prefer to capture screenshots of whatever we see and like on-screen while scrolling or doing work as they are more convenient to take. One can use them to describe the steps to another person, saving images and any other thing you like on screen. Now the question is how to take the screenshots?

PCs that have windows taking screenshots are just in time action, but if we talk about Mac, though Apple, has not provided a specific key for taking screenshots. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take screenshots on it.

If you are new to using a Mac or one of them who is not aware of how to take screenshots on a Mac let me explain it to you. We agree that having no specific key to taking a screenshot on Mac feels like a bust, but that doesn’t make a Macintosh any less of a Hi-Tech Gadget. The screen on Mac can be captured by using the keyboard combination and tools which are built-in for the same.

Want to learn how you can capture a screen on Mac whether the whole screen, a part of it, or a specific open window, take a keep reading this article for the solution.

Points to remember

  • The format in which screenshot is saved – Screen Shot + year + month + date at time AM or PM’.
  • The quality of the screenshot depends on the display monitor, the original monitor will be suitable for screenshots. Retina display is best.
  • To avoid the shadow in the screenshot, press, and hold, option key or Alt, to save.
  • To cancel the screenshot press ECS.
  • In Addition by putting ctrl to every keystroke, screenshots and can be saved to the clipboard in no time.

Screenshot on Mac

Taking Screenshot On Mac

 Keystrokes you need to know for capturing screenshots. 

1. Screenshot for the Entire Screen

  •  Firstly, the screen needed to be captured has to be opened.
  • Press Command  (⌘) + Shift + 3 simultaneously .
  • After this screenshot has been captured and saved as a .PNG file on the desktop.

2. Screenshot for Partial Screenshot

  • Press Command (⌘)  + Shift + 4  simultaneously
  • After this cursor will be turned into a crosshair, click and drag it to select the section you want to capture. 
  • It will be saved to the desktop (by default).

 3. A Specific Window On a Mac

  • First, you need to open the window 
  • Then press Command (⌘) + Shift + 5 simultaneously. 
  • Also, hold the spacebar while dragging.
  • The camera pointer appears on the screen.
  • Now you only need to select the portion to take a screenshot, the window will turn blue.

Note: In the Macbook Pro with a touch bar you will see these options on the OLED strip. For a screenshot of the Touch Bar display there, press  Shift+Command+6.

While keystrokes/keyboard board shortcut keys enable you with the limited option for screenshots, you can use the built-in Grab Utility for better access. As compared to keystrokes it provides you more options for the same.

Grab Utility for Screenshots

  • Find the utility folder by clicking on the finder or launchpad.
  • After clicking on finder from there, select the application at the left-hand corner.
  • Now you will see the utility folder at the right in the bottom.
  • In utilities, you will see grab and then double click to open it.

This will allow you to take four types of screenshots.

  • Selection 

The area you want to capture is highlighted by this option. You can click on selection or press Shift+Command+A. The highlighted box is dragged to select the region to capture it.

  • Window 

It enables you to choose a particular window to capture it. Click on the window or press Shift+Command+W.

  • Screen 

To capture the whole screen the  Screen selection option is exercised. Click on Screen or press Command+Z. Click anywhere on the screen.

  • Timed Screen 

This will capture the screen with a delay of 10 seconds. Select Timed Screen or press Shift+Command+Z. But to start the timer you need to click on the screen.


MacBook allows you to take screenshots with different methods, which all include simple steps to take screenshots. As the Mojave released, there are built-in screenshot tools in macOS for exercising control over screenshot, explained above. You can choose from the above method for capturing according to your preference.

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