Screenshot on a Mac

Since childhood, I worked on a Windows PC and when I joined my new company, they gave me a MacBook Air to work. Trust me, getting hands-on a Mac was a little exciting but difficult to handle a few tasks. I started taking notes and here is one of the best strategies on how to take a screenshot on a Mac.

There are several ways to take a screenshot on MacBook Pro however here in this article, I’m listing the most basic and inbuilt steps along with the third-party tools to capture full-screen or a rectangular region with multiple options. There are tasks that demand to take a lot of screenshots.

Here in this article, you will also learn how to find duplicate files on Mac or edit screenshots. You can take a screenshot of the entire screen, a window/popup, or just a selected portion of the screen. At times, when there is a lot of clutter on our system, we have also used the Best Duplicate File Finder for Mac to remove duplicate files from Mac. Let’s take you through the step-by-step process and the Mac screenshot shortcuts.

How to Take a screenshot on a Mac



To take a screenshot on MacBook Pro just like we do print screen on Windows, we can also print screen on Mac.
  • Step 1. Open the page or screen that you wish to capture.
  • Step 2. Press the key combination of (Shift + Command + 3) until the screen flicker for a second and you see a small thumbnail at the right bottom corner of the screen.


Capture a Portion of The Screen

Generally, if we take a full screenshot, we may need to edit it to select the required portion. If you just need to capture a portion of the screen, you can do that as well without using any third-party tool.


  • Step 1. Keep the portion open or the page on the screen that you wish to capture.
  • Step 2. Press the key combination of (Shift + Command + 4) until you see the cursor turning into a crosshair.
  • Step 3. Drag the crosshair to select the desired portion of the screen to capture. If you have made a mistake, you can press the space bar and drag to move the selection. If it is entirely messed up, you can simply press the Esc (Escape) key to cancel the process and start all over again.
  • Step 4. To ensure the capture of the selected portion, release the mouse button. You will again see a thumbnail at the right bottom corner of the screen.


Capture a Window, Screen or Menu

If you wish to take a screenshot of a particular window, page, menu or a screen, you may follow these steps to cover the edge-to-edge screenshot.

  • Step 1. Bring the particular window, page, menu or screen on the top of all other open windows. It should be selected as we keep the window highlighted in the Windows operating system.
  • Step 2. Press the key combination of (Shift + Command + 4 + Space Bar) until you see the cursor changing into a camera icon.
  • Step 3. Click on the particular window, page, menu or screen to take a screenshot on MacBook Pro or other Mac systems. To cancel taking a screenshot, you may simply press the Esc (Escape) key. If you wish to exclude the shadow from the screenshot of the window, you can press and hold the Option key while clicking on the window.


Where Are Your Screenshots Saved

By default, the screenshots are saved on your desktop with ‘Screen Shot [date] at [time].png’ format. You can also change the location in macOS Mojave or later. For that, you need to open the options menu of the Screenshot app by pressing the (Shift + Command + 5) key combination. Alternatively, you can also drag and drop the thumbnail to any preferred file, folder or document.

If you have taken a lot of screenshots and cluttered a lot of junk files or duplicates, you may take help of one of the Best Duplicate File Finder for Mac to find duplicate files on Mac and once you have selected the unwanted junk, you may remove duplicate files from Mac.