How to Screenshot on Mac - Partial or Full Screen

by Hung Nguyen

Learn how to take screenshot on Mac via 3 simple methods, using 3 keyboard buttons. Instantly capture the full or partial screen on your MacBook.

Confused on how to take a screenshot on a Mac? It's a lot easier than you'd think! 🤔

Mac computers don’t conveniently come with a PrtScn button. However, how to screenshot on Mac is actually more straightforward and convenient than taking a screenshot on Windows, as all screenshots are automatically saved as PNG files on your desktop.

Without further ado, here are the 3 easy ways on how to take a screenshot on a Mac - with just 3 buttons.

Method 1: Screenshot the entire screen

Press Command ⌘ + Shift + 3

This shortcut key combination captures the entire screen and conveniently save it to your desktop as a PNG. The file name should be in the named format: “Screen Shot 2018-06-06 at 06.06.06.png”. Taking a screenshot on Mac is more user-friendly than taking a screenshot on Windows, where you’d have to manually paste the screenshot into a photo editor to save it!

Method 2: Screenshot the part you want

Press Command ⌘ + Shift + 4

When you press Command + Shift + 4, your cursor turns into a crosshair which you can click and drag over the area you want to screenshot on your Mac. The true beauty of screenshot Mac. The screenshot will be saved on your desktop as a PNG, in the same manner as the previous method.

Method 3: Screenshot a specific window

Press Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 + Space

This method requires one more button - the Space Bar, which allows you to take a screenshot of a window on your Mac, i.e. an opened browser, a program window … etc. After pressing the 4 keys your cursor will turn into a camera, and you can then hover over your chosen window and click to take the screenshot.

Other useful tips:

Screenshots saved as PNGs are extremely useful. They can be dragged and dropped into a text editor to support your writing, or into an email or chat messenger to be sent as attachments.

Still, it may be troublesome to manage multiple screenshots at once. Here are a few tips on how you can handle them with ease through our free conversion tools:

  • PNG to PDF - Convert screenshots from PNG to PDF to prevent them from being edited by other parties.

  • Merge PDF - Merge PDFs storing screenshots on Mac into one.

  • Compress PDF - Reduce the size of merged files, so they can easily be sent via emails.

  • Protect PDF - Confidential data on your screenshot Mac? Encrypt those files with a password.

And that’s it, folks. How to screenshot on Mac has never been easier. Any questions relating to PDFs or screenshot Mac? Email us via support@smallpdf.com or tweet us @smallpdf.

Happy screenshotting! 📸

Hung Nguyen
Marketing & Customer Satisfaction Manager
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