How to take a screenshot on a Mac?

Capturing screenshots is an exemplary way of sharing your screen with other people and for this, Mac has got your back! With modern screen capturing services, you could not only share a still screen, but also the screen recordings for unnumbered reasons. Mac operating system renders seamless services when it comes to taking a screenshot. You could take a screenshot of the full-screen or just a part of it and share with your friends with just a few clicks. In fact, it provides much convenience in contrast to the Windows.

While there are numerous ways of capturing a screenshot on Mac, you can choose one method that you find convenient and get accustomed to it. It could be using keyboard shortcuts, one of the most popular ways, or using a built-in screenshot app of the Mac. Moreover, you can also edit the screenshots through an image editing platform and even add annotations to the image. Let’s take a glance at the easiest ways in which you can capture a screenshot on Mac operating system and introduce some edits on it.

3 Ways to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Keyboard shortcuts:

Using keyboard shortcuts is an ideal way of taking screenshots, be it Mac or Windows. While the combinations of the two operating system vary, the basic drill remains the same. You have a few combinations of keys that clicks the screenshot as soon as they are pressed simultaneously. Furthermore, through these shortcuts, you can either capture the screenshot of an entire screen or just a part of it, as per your requirements. Let’s take a look at a few of these shortcuts to get the ball rolling.

  • Command + Shift + 3: This keyboard shortcut works on virtually all Mac devices. Simply press the command key (located at the bottom section of the keyboard) shift key (located on the left-hand side of the keyboard) and 3-key (at the top section of the keyboard), simultaneously. The system will capture a screenshot as soon as this keyboard shortcut is triggered.
  • Command + Shift + 3 + Control: If the former method did not work for you, try performing the same drill, but this time, also press the control key. This will automatically copy the screenshot on the clipboard. From here, you can paste the screenshot on an image editing platform, whether online or offline, and add annotations or edits of your choice.

Screenshot App:

Mac offers the services of a built-in application for capturing the screenshots. The prime advantage of using a screenshot app is that you can edit the image as much as you want, from size, colour, font to the annotations on the screenshot. Moreover, sharing the screen grab via an app is also very convenient. Mac OS Mojave and the later releases come with a built-in screenshot app. To use it, you can either launch the app by clicking on the icon, or summon the toolbar of the app via a keyboard shortcut. To launch the app, locate the icon from the launchpad and click on it.

You can also summon the toolbar of the app by trigging a keyboard shortcut, which is a much easier option than launching the app. For this, press Shift, command and 5key simultaneously. The toolbar will summon on the screen with multiple screen-capturing options. You can choose from capturing the screenshot of the whole screen or just a portion of it. You can select the portion you want to capture manually. After you have captured it, the image will be saved in the default save location.

Mac allows you to change the default save location. If no changes are made, it will by default be saved on the home screen. To change the save location, launch the app and click on options. Go to the tab that says “save to” and choose a new default save location for the screenshots. Once the changes are made, whatever screenshots you take henceforth will be saved in the location that you chose.

Third-party applications:

Apart from using the keyboard shortcuts and the built-in screenshot app, you can also use third-party mediums to capture screenshots. For this, Snagit is your best bet. In fact, it offers more scope to editing and adding annotations to the screenshot than either of the two methods mentioned above.

The downside is, the Snagit app is not free, owing to the vast expanse of its services. However, before paying the big dollars for Snagit, you can get a free trial and see if the app works for you. After the expiry of the free-trial, you will have the option to buy it for $49.95. The application can also video record your screen with audible aid.

Snagit was originally created for the Windows operating system. Subsequently, although it works well on MacOS, only some of the features are available to it. Nonetheless, you will find this app to be highly utilitarian when it comes to capturing screenshots. 


Mac indeed offers a myriad of methods to capture a screenshot. One of these 3 ways is bound to work on your Mac device regardless of its release date. Moreover, you can also make some edits to enhance the screenshot or to highlight some of its parts. Once saved in the system, you can share the screenshot just as you share any of the other images on the Mac. Happy snapping!


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