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How to Take Screenshot on your MAC

Easy, powerful, and simple-to-use, Screenshots are a great way to exchange the exact information you see on your screen.

Screenshots have made life super easy. And the best part about them is you can take a screenshot in seconds. They aren’t just handy. They are revolutionary. Capturing crazy (or maybe useful) stuff, what you are seeing on your screen, and sharing it – as it is – that’s amazing!

And, if you don’t know how to screencap your MAC’s screen, worry not. We got you covered.

Stick around and explore some quick and easy ways to catch your screenshot.

Here you go!

Capturing the Screenshot on MAC – Basics!

MAC doesn’t feature a conventional ‘print screen’ button like your iOS. But rest assured, how could Apple keep its users aback from enjoying the perks of screenshots? That’s why they dedicated an entire menu to capture the screen instead of just a button.

Cool, right?

Apple’s native screenshot tool offers you five options to screencap.

And, do you know Apple keeps its repute high by offering an identical screenshot feature? On a MAC, you have more freedom to click the desired part of the screen. Click the whole screen’s shot, or go with a part of it – up to you!

Capturing the screen with MAC’s inbuilt command, keyboard shortcuts, or using third-party apps depends on what works the best for you.

Taking a Full Screenshot with the MAC’s Screenshot Menu

Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, or Monterey – whatever your MAC type is, you can use ⌘+Shift+5 to bring up the Screenshot capture menu. This menu will give you different capturing options. Such as:

  • Capture Entire Screen
  • Capture Selected Portion
  • Capture Selected Window(s)
  • Record Entire Screen
  • Record Selected Portion

Now, if you move your eyes to the right-hand side of the menu, there you’ll find some additional features. Like, a button that allows you to decide where your captured screenshots or screen records should sit in your MAC.

Screenshotting a Selected Area

Mostly, when taking a screenshot, you are not up to capturing the entire screen. You just want a part of it. Isn’t it?

Taking a screenshot and then cropping it to the size you want is a total fuss and time-consuming. MAC saves you from the hassle. You can screenshot your desired area using ⌘+Shift+4.

Taking Screenshot with the Touch Bar

If you aren’t a keyboard-shortcuts lover and don’t like using them for your tasks (including screenshots), your MAC must have a touch bar. Right?

Then you can still take a screenshot using your touch bar with this simple three-step process.

  • Access System Preferences > Keyboard
  • Hit the “Customize Control Strip” option
  • Select the location of your screenshot button on the touch bar using the drag and drop option, save the changes, and that’s it.

Next time you want to click a shot of your MAC’s screen, click your newly created screenshot button on your touchpad a screen capture menu will pop up. Want to change the location of your screenshots? Allocate them a place by clicking “Save To”.

Choose the area you want to capture – full screen, custom area, or select window(s) – and move the cursor there to screenshot.

Screenshotting with Third-Party Apps

So, basic screenshotting features of the MAC aren’t enough for you?

No doubt, Apple features some of the world-class attributes in its products. We all vouch for it. But, we also can’t deny the fact that when it comes to screenshots, MACs only have some basic kind of features.

For example, you can’t take a screenshot while scrolling your screen. And there are times when we want to capture the screen while we scroll through a website.

To help with these bit-advanced and much demanded features, we have got some third-party apps to elevate your screen capturing experience.

CleanShot X

CleanShot X is the ultimate app for capturing a screenshot in the MACs. What makes this screenshot tool stand out from other similar apps? Its customizability for 50+ different changes.

Moreover, you can hide the screen clutter while you shot your screen and disable the desktop notifications.

Capture a nice and tidy shot of your screen, a pop-up will appear, open your shot from there and start editing if you wish to do any. You can customize your shot by drawing, blurring specific parts, adding annotations, to name a few.

Another wow-worthy feature is its delay timer. Now you can schedule your shot the same way you do with your selfies. That’s super cool.


With following our new normal of working from home, the number of virtual meetings has mushroomed. In this hurry-scurry of online meet-ups, business meetings, and more, sharing the information couldn’t have been easier and quicker without Yac.

Record the screen with your voice message (you can even show the webcam if you like) and share it with your teammates. Easy is that.


Millions of MAC users are in love with Capto. It allows you to record a visual lecture and share it wherever you want.

Wait, what? Are you auditory shy?

Rest assured. Capto allows you to add captions to your video tutorials. Plus, it has a built-in organizer that keeps a track of your taken screenshots.

Pre-Mojave MAC Commands for Capturing Screenshot

If you are someone who owns a pre-Mojave MAC, we have something for you as well. You can use the following key shortcuts to capture your screen.

  • ⌘+Shift+3 – For screenshotting the entire screen.
    (If you are using multiple screens simultaneously, it screenshots each of them)
  • ⌘+Shift+ 4 – Capture a selected area.
    (Follow the command with a press of Space, it allows you to select the window of your choice to capture.)

So, you see capturing a screenshot on MAC isn’t rocket science. All it takes is the knowledge of a few commands or third-party apps, nothing else. Choose the way that suits your style the best.

Happy Screenshotting!