The Complete Guide To Taking Screenshots On a Mac

A single keyboard shortcut will take you to a power control that will let you take a screenshot of your entire screen, a window or an area. You can set options such as where to save the screenshot or which app to send it to. You can also use the floating thumbnail feature to preview and edit a screenshot before you do anything with it. A variety of hidden keyboard shortcuts make taking screenshots faster and easier if you take the time to learn them.

Comments: 19 Responses to “The Complete Guide To Taking Screenshots On a Mac”

    Martin
    1 month ago

    Love the tutorial. I already knew the command-shift-4 option, but this opens up many more possibilities. Thanks, Gary!

    Helmut
    1 month ago

    Thanks for the nice overview. Little Snapper was a nice tool to manage all the screenshots once they have been taken. Do you have a suggestion for that, or know of an alternative to Little Snapper, which has been discontinued?

    Don
    1 month ago

    Gary…
    when I try to use screenshot using the shortcut keys (shift-comm-5) and I capture the area I don’t get a choice or options where to save. It goes to iCloud. I don’t have the option bar with all of the options.

    Don

    1 month ago

    Don: Are you using Catalina? Did you maybe change your keyboard shortcuts?

    1 month ago

    Helmut: There are a lot of third-party apps that will do it. SnagIt for instance. Lots of others. But for most people the built-in system function is all that is needed.

    Don
    1 month ago

    Yes using Catalina… did not change shortcuts….When I use the shortcut keys it comes up with the crosshair and only can make a snapshot of the area I want but it saves to iCloud no choices.

    1 month ago

    Don: That’s very odd. You don’t see the controls anywhere at all? Maybe off to the bottom or on another display?

    Don
    1 month ago

    No….can’t find them on the top ,bottom, l or R side and the other display. Just the crosshair w the circle around it.

    1 month ago

    Don: You’ll need to keep investigating. Something is wrong. Perhaps try it in a second user account to see what happens then.

    Don
    1 month ago

    Thanks Gary….I will…And thanks for all the great Video’s

    gene
    1 month ago

    Another outstanding video. Thanks Gary

    Don
    1 month ago

    I just did a restart and now it works…. THANKS AGAIN

    Hal Plimpton
    1 month ago

    Are these expanded screenshot features limited to Catalina? Thanks….Hal

    1 month ago

    Hal: Mojave and Catalina.

    John Jung
    1 month ago

    When i use shift command 5 for screenshots, nothing happens on imac with high Sierra ). I went to preferences keyboard shortcuts; there are settings for shift com 3 and -4, but none for shift comm-5.

    1 month ago

    John: You have to be using at least Mojave to have this functionality.

    Ray
    1 month ago

    Gary,
    Great Video. Shift Command 5 brings up the control bar but Preview does not appear as an option to save.

    1 month ago

    Ray: Perhaps you have one of the screen recording options selected instead of screenshot options. Preview doesn’t handle video.

    Ray
    1 month ago

    Got it. Now works perfectly.

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