How to take a screenshot on your Mac: Multiple ways to capture your screen

Usually, we take screenshots of our computer screen of some important pic, slide, info etc. You may have multiple options to take a screenshot from your Apple computer depending upon the model, so let’s find how to take a screenshot on your MacBook.

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Since we take screenshots frequently its great to know the best way to take the screenshot so that you can capture every important thing that is on your screen like any online payment info, email, transaction snapshots etc.

Most of Mac computers you have at least three ways to take a screenshot with keyboard shortcuts and if you have a MacBook with a touch bar then you get the fourth method as well. Here we’ll see the multiple ways of taking the screenshots with keyboard shortcuts on your Mac. We’ll show you what you can do with those screenshots as well once you have taken some. Apple computers provide you with several better ways to save, edit, modify, delete and open the screenshot for markups.

Lets check the ways to take screenshots:

Command-Shift-3

This keyboard shortcut captures a screenshot of your entire screen.

Shift-Command-4 

Use this keyboard combo to turn your cursor into a crosshair, which you can drag to select a portion of your screen to capture. Release the mouse button or trackpad to take the shot.

You have a number of other options after hitting Shift-Command-4:

Press and release the space bar: The crosshair turns into a little camera icon, which you can move over any open window. Click on your desired window to take a screenshot of it. A screenshot captured by this method features a white border around the window with a bit of a drop shadow.

Press and hold the space bar (after dragging to highlight an area but before releasing the mouse button or trackpad): This locks in the shape and size of the selection area but lets you reposition it on the screen. It’s very handy if your initial selection area is off by a few pixels; just hold down the space bar to reposition it before releasing the mouse button to snap a screenshot.

Hold down the Shift key (after dragging to highlight an area but before releasing the mouse button or trackpad): This locks in each side of the selection area made with the crosshairs save the bottom edge, letting you move your mouse up or down to position the bottom edge. 

Without releasing the mouse button, release the Shift key and hit it again to reposition the right edge of your selection area. You can toggle between moving the bottom edge and right edge by keeping the mouse button or touchpad engaged and pressing the Shift key.

Shift-Command-5

A shortcut command introduced in MacOS Mojave (2018), this combination calls up a small panel at the bottom of your display with your screen capture options. There are three screenshot buttons that let you capture the entire screen, a window or a selection of your screen. 

Similarly, the two video-recording buttons will allow you to record the entire screen or a part of it. On the left is an X button to close the screenshot panel, but you can also just hit the Escape key to exit out.

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On the right side, there is an Options button. It provides you with the option to choose where to save your screenshot. Desktop, Documents, Clipboard, Mail, Messages, Preview or Other Location and set a 5- or 10-second delay so that you can arrange up your items that might otherwise disappear when you engage your screenshot tool.

Normally the Show Floating Thumbnail option is enabled, which puts a little preview thumbnail of your just-capture screenshot in the lower-right corner of your screen, similar to the screenshot procedure with iOS. Unlike your iPhone ($899 at Amazon), you can turn off this preview thumbnail on your Mac. Lastly, you can choose to show your mouse pointer in a screenshot or video.

If the screenshot panel is in your way, you can grab its left edge and drag it to a new spot on your screen.

Bonus for Touch Bar MacBooks: Command-Shift-6

If you are lucky and got the 16-inch MacBook Pro or another model with the Touch Bar, did you know you can take a screenshot of what’s currently showing on the Touch Bar? Just hit Command-Shift-6 to take a very wide and skinny screenshot of your Touch Bar.

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Easy annotation

If you embrace the Floating Thumbnail, then you’ll gain quick access to Markup tools to annotate your screenshot. You can swipe the Floating Thumbnail away or just let it slip away on its own and it can be saved to the spot you last saved a screenshot. Click the Floating Thumbnail and it’ll open in a Markup View preview window (but not Preview) with all of the markup tools you get in Preview.

You can right-click the Floating Thumbnail to:

  • Save the screenshot to your desktop, Documents folder or clipboard
  • Open it in Mail, Messages, Preview or Photos
  • Show in Finder
  • Delete
  • Open in in the Markup preview window described above
  • Close (and save)

In the long run Mac screenshotters may be slow to adopt the new Command-Shift-5 shortcut, however, people seem to be using it more for the ability to annotate screenshots without needing to open Preview and quickly delete screenshots that immediately we mess up. The 5- and 10-second delay options are useful and appreciated additions as well.

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Grab One of Apple’s Sleek iMac Laptops and Desktops for Less at Amazon’s Refurb (Renewed) Sale

Save hundreds on one of Apple’s stunning desktops with refurb models from 2014 to 2020.

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As people are adopting a new work environment and started working remotely, there has been a huge jump in tech product sales where desktop computers may be making a comeback. True, they may not as convenient as laptop computers however, they offer plenty of their own benefits, which include larger screens and impressive hardware that’s not constrained by size and weight.

The iMac is one of the most popular and widely used desktops in the market in 2022, and while deals on the latest 2022 model are slim, right now, Amazon has come up with a great opportunity to save hundreds of dollars on older models of desktops, laptops and other electronic devices required for personal and office use.

Amazon is offering a huge selection of refurbished computers including iMacs and some models from as recently as 2021. All of the computers that you’ll find at this sale are “Grade A” refurbs. According to Amazon, that means each one has been thoroughly and has been restored to full working condition. They also offer 3 months to 6 months of warranty on most of the refurbished products.

The iMac is a stunning desktop that comes up with the computer and monitor into a single sleek device. The 2020 model is only one year behind the latest generation, and is being offered packed full of some pretty impressive hardware. The 27-inch model with 256GB of storage is on sale for $728 and features a brilliant 5K IPS Retina display, a 6-core intel i5 processor, 16GB of DDR4 memory and a AMD Radeon R9 M380 graphics processor. Besides that you get 1TB (7200-rpm) Hard Drive, FaceTime HD camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, Mac OS.

If you don’t need the latest model available, you also have the options to choose from the older generations on sale as well. Starting at just $559, this 2019 model is equipped with a smaller 21.5-inch display, though it still boasts a stunning 4K resolution. It has similar hardware to the 2020 model above with a 256GB SSD, 8GB of DDR4 memory, a 6-core Intel i5 processor and a 4GB AMD Radeon Pro 560X graphics card.

There are even a wide range of affordable models available, as well. This 21.5-inch model from 2017 has a dual-core processor, a full HD LED-backlit display and is on sale for just $324.99. There are even models available for as low as $230, though they stretch all the way back to 2014. 

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