How to Take Screenshots on Mac Computer in 2020

It is quite easy for Windows users to hit the Print Screen key to capture a screenshot on mac while the case is not the same for Macintosh users. If you want to take screenshots on Mac then there are multiple options for you to take it.

Whether you want to capture the entire window, a specific portion, or just a small area – Mac has subsequent commands for you.

If you’re new to Mac then these must be helping you as you are going to need this on an almost frequent basis.

If you are using Mojave then you have another option to take screenshots on your Mac Book than the High Sierra users.

So, let’s start from the common ground:

1. Screenshot the Entire Screen

If you think that the entire screen is full of information that you can’t skip, then it’s important for you to take a screenshot of the entire window.

In other versions
  • Press Command, Shift,  3 Simultaneously to capture the entire screen.
  • The screenshot will be saved on your desktop.
In Mojave
  • Press Shift, Command, 5 to see the controls of Onscreen Capture.
  • Click Capture Entire Screen from these controls which changes the pointer into a camera.

You can either click on the screen to capture the display or use the onscreen control option Capture to take a screenshot of the screen.

Screenshot on mac Entire Screen

Note: If you’re using Mojave then the preview of your screenshot on mac will be appeared at the corner of your screen. It gives you quick access to the editing tools.

2. Screenshot the Window

If you want to capture the only windows then there are different methods on different versions of macOS.

In other versions
  • Press Shift – Command – 4 and then Space Bar which changes the pointer to a camera.
  • Click on a window for whom you want to take the screenshot.
In Mojave
  • Press Shift – Command – 5 to enable the onscreen capture controls and then click on the Capture Selected Window option from these controls.
  • Here your pointer will change to a camera.
  • Click on the window you want to capture.
  • A screenshot thumbnail will appear in the corner of the screen where you can edit it or take other actions.
  • A few moments later, the screenshot will appear on your desktop if not edited through the thumbnail option.

Screenshot The Window

Note: Press and hold the Option key while you’re clicking the capture command to eliminate the window’s shadow as you take screenshot on Mac.

3. Screenshot a Selected Portion

You can also take a screenshot of a selected portion on your Mac screen if you don’t want any other part to be included in the image.

In Other Versions
  • First, press the Shift – Command – 4.
  • Now drag on the screen to select the area to capture.
  • If you want to move the selected area then press and hold the Space Bar while dragging.
  • After you release these buttons, your screenshot will be saved on the desktop.
In Mojave

Press Shift – Command – 5 to enable the onscreen capture controls and then click on the Capture Selected Portion from the controls.

Drag on-screen to select the required area to capture. Drag within the selection to more it.

Now click Capture from the onscreen controls.

A thumbnail containing the screenshot will appear on your screen in a corner which you can use to edit your screenshot on Mac.

If you don’t use the thumbnail option then your screenshot will appear on your desktop after a while.

4. Screenshots On Mac

There are a variety of options to take screenshots on Mac as per your requirement. You can take a screenshot of the menu through these two methods:

In Other Versions
  • Click the menu that opens its contents.
  • Now, press Shift – Command – 4.
  • Drag on the screen to capture select the area to capture then release the trackpad or mouse to capture it.
  • Or, you can use Space Bar which changes the pointer to the camera to be later used from the menu to capture the screenshot.
  • A screenshot will be saved on your desktop.
In Mojave
  • Click the menu that opens its contents.
  • Follow the steps defined in taking a Screenshot of the Entire Screen or Screenshot the Window.
  • Or follow the steps defined in the screenshot a Selected Portion which includes the menu.

    Screenshot A Menu

    5. Screenshots On Mac the Touch Bar

    The users of Mac OS Sierra 10.12.2 or later and those who use a Touch Bar can take a screenshot of the Touch Bar by the following method:

    • Press Shift – Command – 6 to capture the on-time display on the Touch Bar.
    • A screenshot will be saved on your desktop.

Note: If you need to include a screenshot button to your Touch Bar then use the customized settings to add Control Strip Region.

Screenshot The Touch Bar

6. Usage of Screenshot Thumbnail

You have been reading throughout the article about the thumbnail of screenshots on Mac desktop which allows users to follow these functions:

  1. Appearance: Screenshot thumbnail will readily appear in the lower-right corner as soon as you capture it.
  2. Swipe-up or take no action of thumbnail: The thumbnail disappears and the screenshot automatically saves on your desktop or a chosen location.
  • Enable more options: Control-click the thumbnail and it opens more actions like deleting the screenshot before saving it, change the default save location, open the screenshot in the app, and more.
  1. Drag the thumbnail: In order to move the screenshot to another location, drag the thumbnail over that folder like to a Document, a Finder Window, an Email, or in the Trash.
  2. Edit the screenshot: Click the thumbnail which opens the screenshot and then use the markup tools from the toolbar to edit the screenshot. You can annotate, crop, or do any other action. You can also use the share button to share the screenshot.
  3. Disable Thumbnail: If you don’t want to see thumbnails each time you take a screenshot then toggle off the Slow Floating Thumbnail settings in the onscreen control options.

Note: Hover the pointer over editing buttons on the thumbnail to see their functionality.

Fast Facts of Screenshots On Mac:

  1. All the screenshots are by default saved in the PNG file format on desktop as “Screen Shot date at time.png”.
  2. Stacks is another feature that makes the group of similar files on the desktop with just a click. Right-click on your desktop and stacks will group them all together quickly.
  • If you don’t want to capture the screenshot, press the Escape key to cancel it before clicking the capture button.
  1. Press and hold the Control key to store the screenshot in the Clipboard instead of saving it on the desktop.
  2. Use Universal Clipboard to paste the screenshot to another Apple device.
  3. To Use Preview, Safari, or similar apps to edit the screenshots.
  • When you preview the screenshot, it changes its Format to a different one like JPEG, TIFF, or PDF.
  • There is Grab app which provides screenshot options in macOS other versions whereas Screenshot app provides the screenshot controls in Mojave in the Utilities’ folder which is housed in the Application folder

You cannot take screenshots in the DVD player or in some other apps

Fast Facts Of Screenshots On Mac