How to Take a Screen Shot On Your Mac

You can take simple screen shots on your Mac by learning just a few easy keyboard shortcuts. You can grab the whole screen, just a section, or just a window. You can also create a file with the screen shot, or copy it to the clipboard to use in another app.

Comments: 13 Responses to “How to Take a Screen Shot On Your Mac”

    Daniel Gartin
    3 years ago

    I know another reason why this could be useful, you don’t remember all of the iTunes purchases you made, I have over seven years worth of iTunes purchases, but by taking screenshots of the iTunes purchases window I can see my entire iTunes purchase history easily

    Carole Fedorovich
    3 years ago

    How do you take a screen shot of more than one page?

    Bob Riley
    3 years ago

    Very useful video, Gary. Thank you!

    3 years ago

    Carole: Not sure what you mean. More than one page of what? Can you be more specific about what you are trying to do?

    Jet
    3 years ago

    Very useful items. Thank you.

    Justine
    3 years ago

    Is it possible to take a screen shot of a list that is longer than what you see in a window at one time? What I mean is that if the list is something I’d ordinarily have to scroll down to see, is it possible to save a single file that when opened still requires me to scroll down. Thank you as always! I’ve been opening Grab all these years when there were shortcuts available all along (hits side of head!). :-)

    3 years ago

    Yes, there are some third-party apps that will take grabs of a long window, including the part new viewable normally. But a better way in most cases is to simply print that document as a PDF and use the PDF instead of a bitmap image. For instance, if you wanted to screen grab a long web page, why not just File, Print, save as PDF.

    Marilyn
    3 years ago

    So happy to learn about the space bar included with the Shift/Command selecting an individual window! Will use that often . . thnx, mn

    nick
    3 years ago

    very useful, thanks

    Wendy
    3 years ago

    Gary, can you suggest a scenario where a timed capture (like in Grab.app) would be used/useful?

    3 years ago

    Wendy: Suppose you want to capture the screen at the moment you are dragging one object to another, but using the keyboard interrupts this action so you can’t take a screenshot. So you use Grab, set the timer, do the action and wait mid-drag for the capture. Or, say you want to show using the menus at the top, you clic, drag and hover over the menu item you want and wait for the timer.

    Jean H
    3 years ago

    Thanks Gary. I have used the various options had to make a note to remember the correct keys for what I desired. Going into preferences and clicking keyboard is so much simpler.

    Dalby_ Qld
    3 years ago

    Great tutorial again. Love watching your tuitorials. Keep up the awesome work. Thank you and regards from Oz. 👍

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