How to take screenshots with a Mac

In the following simple solution, I will show you how to take screenshots in a Mac OS X operating environment. Although the process is relatively simple and elementary, when your first being introduced to a Mac and do not know where to start, even the rudimentary tasks can quickly become daunting. If your a beginning Mac user, you should find the following introduction to taking screenshots with a Mac or screenshot capturing with a Mac, useful.

Taking Screenshots with a Mac

The following Mac Screenshot capturing commands are accomplished by pressing and holding the Command key followed by two or more keys in progression.

  • Command + Shift + 3: Takes a screenshot of the entire screen, and saves the image to your desktop.
  • Command + Shift + 4, and click an area. Takes a screenshot of an area and saves the image to your desktop.
  • Command + Shift + 4, then press space, and click a window: Takes a screenshot of a window and saves the image to your desktop.

To capture a screenshot and save it to the clipboard, use the following keys.

  • Command + Control + Shift + 3: Takes a screenshot of the entire screen, and saves it to your clipboard.
  • Command + Control + Shift + 4, and click an area: Takes a screenshot of an area and saves it to your clipboard.
  • Command + Control + Shift + 4, then press space, and click a window: Takes a screenshot of a window and saves it to your clipboard.

With OS X 10.5 Leopard, the following keys can be pressed while selecting an area using Command + Shift + 4 or Command + Control + Shift + 4:

  • Space: to lock the size of the selected region and instead move it when the mouse moves
  • Shift: to resize only one edge of the selected region
  • Option: to resize the selected region with its center as the anchor point