How to Take a Screenshot or Record Screen on Mac OS

How to take Screenshot in macOS make keyboard shortcut

You might be new to Mac OS or just haven’t really needed to take a screenshot – very rare. Well, you are going to find out how to do it with Mac OS built-in screenshot tool. 

Mac is the best in everything. It may seem daunting to beginner Mac users, but eventually, you’ll fall in love with it. 

Mac provides 5 inbuilt ways to capture or record your screen, and it can easily be down with a simple shortcut. 

Apple has always given ways to take screenshots on your Apple device. And, with macOS Mojave, more options are added. Although it’s not rocket science, it can make a new user bewilder. 

Screengrab options are not available in finder or in the menu of your mac app, it just takes a simple keyboard shortcut to do it. 

Instant Screen-shot

Press and hold Command-Shift-3 and your present screen would be saved as a picture on your desktop. 

This shortcut key takes a picture of your whole screen, no matter what’s on-screen and captures, as the keys are pressed.

A small thumbnail shows up for a few seconds on the bottom right of the screen. 

Which also becomes a part of the screen capture, if a new screenshot is taken before the thumbnail disappears. 

It’s not the same on iOS, where the thumbnail is not captured when a new screenshot is taken, instead whatever is beneath the thumbnail. 

What’s great is that you can circle and annotate anything. What’s not so great is that you have to watch you don’t accidentally include a thumbnail at the bottom right.

The screenshots are saved on the desktop and can fill it up if you take a bunch of them. 

Marquee Screenshot

Press and hold Command-shift-4, and it will change your cursor into a crosshair. Then, all you have to do is click and drag the crosshair and select the portion of the screen you want to capture and as you leave the mouse or trackpad, it will take the screenshot.

If you want to take a screenshot of an individual window. Follow this: press and hold “Command-shift-4” to spawn a crosshair, but instead of clicking this time, push the spacebar. The cursor hovering over the screen will now turn into a camera icon, turning the window below.                

Just click while hovering over the desired window and the windows will be captured.

If you don’t want to save up your screenshots on desktop, and rather copy it to the clipboard to send to someone.

Simply, repeat the steps by pressing Command-shift-4 and holding space and then clicking your window… Now, instead of clicking on the thumbnail, right-click on it and select “Copy to clipboard”. Now you can paste(Command+V) it anywhere, email, for instance, and send without saving it on your desktop.

Screenshot Menu

Starting from macOS Mojave, you can press Command-shift-5 to show up a screenshot bar at the bottom of the screen. 

Inside it, you’ll see the three option for screen capturing on the left and 2 video recording options on the right. Alongside it, you’ll see the options menu, where you can change the file saving directory, set a timer and options to show cursor, show or hide thumbnail and remember last saving location.

Marking up

After taking a screenshot you can edit it and add arrows, text, rectangles etc. It’s one of the best features and also the most needed, especially when teaching to someone. 

Once you’ve done editing you can press done to save the image. 

You need to click on the thumbnail before it disappears to edit it up.

But, if it misses, it is not a big deal, you can right-click and go to quick actions and then select Markup.

Although, there are many external apps in the AppStore. The built-in screenshot and screen recorder are the best partners whenever you need them. They are efficient, beautiful, easy to access without any troubles.

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