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How to take a screenshot on a Mac

If you’re using a Mac for the first time, you may be surprised to see there isn’t a “print screen” button on the keyboard. You also may notice there is no snipping tool to take screenshots with. This can be confusing for people who have only used Windows before. Here is how to do both of these screenshots. Also note that these screenshots will be saved directly to your desktop.

Taking a screenshot of your full screen

On Windows you can screenshot the entire screen by pressing the print screen key. On Macs, however, you use the shortcut Command-Shift-3. If you want this to save to your clipboard, instead of saving it to your desktop, you can press Control-Command-Shift-3. The same works for the snipping method below.

Taking a screenshot of a specific section

Instead of a snipping tool to screenshot sections of your screen, Macs use the shortcut Command-Shift-4. After pressing this, your mouse will become a crosshair. Click and drag wherever you want to snip, and a screenshot will be saved to your desktop once you let go. You can also press the Space key to screenshot a specific window. The crosshair will turn into a camera, and you can just click on the window you want to screenshot.

Taking a screenshot of the Touch Bar

If your Mac has a Touch Bar, then you can use the shortcut Command-Shift-6, to take a screenshot of it. You can also add a screenshot feature to the Touch Bar itself, by customizing the Control Strip.


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