I have explained how to take a screenshot on Windows and this article will explain you how to take a screenshot on macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave. Apple makes it super convenient to take a full screenshot, a specific area or single window in every version of macOS or previous Mac OS X. Unlike Windows, you do not have to run a snipping tool for better control of screenshots, you just need three-key combination to get any screenshot you need.
If you are looking for a free way to record screen on macOS with sound, here is my guide on video recording using QuickTime.
How to take a full screenshot in macOS
Press Command + Shift + 3 and release them to get a full screenshot that shows your entire desktop.
You don’t have to go Paint and paste the screenshot there as you do in Windows. macOS automatically save your screenshot to desktop in PNG in Mac OS X 10.4 and later.
- Just remember to open the program you want to show in your screenshots before you take one.
- What if I don’t like the screenshot to be saved? I want it in clipboard. Well, just hold Control along with Command + Shift + 3. You can then paste it to any place where it accepts image files in clipboard including emails, and office programs.
How to take a screenshot of any area in Mac
The key combination in this case is Command + Shift + 4, hold them and then release them. Drag the cursor to take a screenshot of any area you want when you notice the mouse cursor turns into crosshairs. Release the mouse and the screenshot will also be saved to desktop in PNG by default.
What if I don’t like the screenshot to be saved? I want it in clipboard. Well, just hold Control along with Command + Shift + 4. You can then paste it to any place where it accepts image files in clipboard including emails, and office programs.
How to take a screenshot of a single window on macOS
Press Command + Shift + 4 and then release all the keys. Tap the Space button. Single click on the window to confirm and save the screenshot to desktop in PNG.
Want to better explain something?
Screenshots are not always good to go than recordings to better explain yourself. If you find others not understand you even with a screenshot, try to record a screen for her/him. And there’s a free way on Mojave to record screen with sound using QuickTime.