How to screenshot on a MacBook

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When taking a screen grab on a Mac you have 3 options, you can either take a screenshot of your whole screen, a particular window or a defined area.

Whole screenshot 

  1. Hold down Shift + Command + 3 
  2. When the screenshot comes up in the bottom corner of the screen, you can click the window to edit or delete it. If you wait a few seconds the window will disappear and the screenshot will be saved. 
  3. Screenshot will be saved to your desktop named screenshot followed by the date and time.

Single window or menu screenshot

  1. Bring the window or menu you wish to capture to the front of your MacBook screen
  2. Press and hold Shift + Command + 4 + Space bar 
  3. When the screenshot comes up in the bottom corner of the screen, you can click the window to edit or delete it. If you wait a few seconds the window will disappear and the screenshot will be saved. 
  4. Screenshot will be saved to your desktop named screenshot followed by the date and time.

Screenshot selected portion of the screen

  1. Bring the windows or menus you wish to capture to the front of your MacBook screen
  2. Press and hold Shift + Command + 4 
  3. When the screenshot comes up in the bottom corner of the screen, you can click the window to edit or delete it. If you wait a few seconds the window will disappear and the screenshot will be saved. 
  4. Screenshot will be saved to your desktop named screenshot followed by the date and time.

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Things to remember

You may come across certain apps and screens that do not allow you to screenshot, this can be for many reasons including privacy, security and copyright infringement. If you want to know more about why you can’t screenshot a certain window you can search the specific issue for further information. 

In macOS Mojave or later, you can use the screenshot app to set timers and change the location in which your Mac saves screenshots. To open the app, press and hold these three keys together: Shift, Command, and 5. 

Talk to an Apple specialist

If you’re having any issues with screenshots on your MacBook get in touch with us here at Hero Tech Support by phone or email for free tips and support.

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