Print Screen on a Mac

Posted by Diya on February 20, 2011 in Mac

What is known as “Print Screen” on Windows OS is known as “Screen Capture” or “Screenshot” or “Screen Print” in Mac. Instead of having an extra key for “Print Screen”, Apple has done away with that key and a combination of keys will do the trick for you.

How to Print Screen to a file on the desktop in Mac

The basic functionality of taking a screen capture in Mac is to take an image and save it to a file on the Mac:
Command+Shift+3: Takes a screenshot of the full screen and save it as a file to the Desktop
Command+Shift+4: Brings up a selection box, so you can specify an area to take the screenshot and allows you to save it as a file to the desktop

How to Print Screen to the Clipboard on a Mac

This functions a lot more like “Print Screen”, but helps you save it to the clipboard so that you can paste it into another app:
Command+Control+Shift+3: Take a screenshot of the entire screen and saves it to the clipboard for pasting elsewhere
Command+Control+Shift+4, then select an area: Takes a screenshot of selection and saves it to the clipboard for pasting elsewhere

*** Remember that the Command key on some older Mac keyboards has an Apple logo on it like this , but newer Mac keyboards will say ‘command’ on them. The command key is located next to the spacebar.

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