Taking a screenshot on a Mac® is as easy as on a PC—when you know the keyboard shortcuts to do so.
There are plenty of key commands in macOS® you might want to use for screen capture. Today, we’ll break down the six best shortcuts for screenshots that any Mac user NEEDS to know—plus the one useful application that accomplishes all that and more with just one click.
The same ⌘ Cmd+⇧ Shift+3 shortcut for Mac OS is used in iOS to take a screenshot, with ⌘ Cmd+⇧ Shift+4 bringing the screenshot directly in iOS' editing window in iOS 11 and later. Third-party Bluetooth keyboards often have a key or function key command devoted to taking a screenshot.
Figure 1 – Keyboard shortcut for taking a screenshot of part of a Mac screen
One of the most common needs for that “print screen” command on a Mac is when we need to capture a portion of the screen. It’s like a snipping tool for Mac. Be it an Instagram story, Twitter update, or part of a webpage to share with a colleague, you can screenshot any of those with just a few key combos.
(1) To capture a portion of the screen, do the following:
Figure 2 – Apple Support tweets the solution for screen capturing on Mac.
(2) To copy a portion of the screen to the clipboard, do the following:
Figure 3 – The process of taking screenshots of an active application
If you need a screenshot of a specific application that you’re currently using, use this method. You can easily print screen an active window of any program, be it Safari, Chrome, Photoshop, or Microsoft Excel.
(3) To capture a screenshot of an active window, do the following:
(4) To copy a screenshot of an active window to the clipboard, do the following:
Figure 4 – Keyboard shortcut for capturing the entire screen on a Mac
(5) To capture a screenshot of a whole page, do the following:
(6) To copy a screenshot of a whole page to the clipboard, do the following:
Figure 5 – Parallels Toolbox: The ultimate Mac application for screen and video capturing
Sometimes, remembering all the dozens of shortcuts to take a Mac screenshot is not our main priority. All we need is a simple application that has everything ready for us with just one click.
Parallels® Toolbox Screen and Video Pack is the best Designed to help optimize your workday, it has all the important tools for everyday needs, such as screen and video capturing, video converter, YouTube video downloader, and more.
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Figure 6 – The primary location for all screenshots on a Mac is the desktop
Once you’re done taking them, where do screenshots on a Mac go?
Normally, screenshots are saved as PNG images (titled with the current date and time stamp) right on the desktop. The format looks as follows: “Screen Shot 2018-07-04 at 12.25.36.png”. Alternatively, a user can copy Mac screenshots to the clipboard by adding Control to the key combination and then pasting it right in the needed document. Here at Parallels, we practice this often—we love taking a MacBook® screenshot and sharing it with coworkers. It’s an easy and quick way to effectively communicate what we see on our end.
The shortcuts for screen capturing may not work for a few reasons. One of the most common ones: they are simply disabled.
To fix that, do the following:
If the shortcut is working but screenshots turn out blank, the reason is often copyright issues with the third-party application on the screen. To solve that, use the Parallels Toolbox application for screen capturing.
Aside from write-ups, videos, and voice over recording, taking a screenshot is one of the most important things in sharing information with other people. Images can help people express the things they cannot explain through speaking and writing. Apart from this, taking a screenshot can help people get the right images they want instead of searching the internet the whole day. Actually, there many ways on how to take a screenshot on Windows OS which most users do not know. This article will help people know the different Windows screenshot commands in order for users capture the images they want.
Here’s a video will show exact steps to capture images with various Windows screenshot commands.
I. Windows 7 screenshot commands
II. Windows 8 screenshot commands
III. Screenshot Webpage Instantly
IV. Professional Way to Take Screenshot
Below are three (3) easy to do Windows 7 screenshot commands which can help users in capturing the screen of their computer.
1. Capturing the full screen. In case you want to capture the whole screen of the computer, simply press the “Prnt Scr (Print Screen)” key. Note that you will not be notified when the screenshot is done. This will generate an image with the same dimension as your screen. To better understand how to do it, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Press the “Prnt Scr” key (in some other laptop or PC, it is shown as “PrtScn”, “Prnt Scrn”).
Step 2: Open “Paint” accessories or any other photo editing toolyou wish to use and then paste the screenshot in the editing board or panel. You can try the “Ctrl + V” shortcut in doing so.
Step 3: Edit the image if you need to.
Step 4: Click on the “Save” icon or simply press “Ctrl + S” to save the file. Don’t forget to put your desired file name and format (JPG, JPEG, PNG) before saving.
2. Capturing a single window. Another Windows screen shot command to do is to use “Alt + Prnt Scr” keys in order to take a screenshot of the desired window. Follow the steps below for you to be able to do it.
Step 1: Click on the window you want to capture. Make sure that your desired window is on top of all the active windows.
Step 2: Press “Alt” and “Prnt Scr” at the same time. Again, no notification will be seen stating that the screenshot is done.
Step 3: Open “Paint” and then paste the captured image in there.
Step 4: Edit the image if needed.
Step 5: Save the file.
Just like the Windows 7 operating system, there are also three (3) Windows 8 screenshot commands to follow in order to capture the screen of the Windows 8 operating system.
1. Using the Prnt Scr (Print Screen) key. If you want to capture the entire screen of your pc and save screenshot to “My Pictures” folder, simply click on “Win” and “Prnt Scr” keys at the same time. The screen will then be darkened for a second which indicates that a screenshot is done. In case you want to screenshot the whole screen and wish not to automatically save it, just press “Prnt Scr” alone. Furthermore, if in any case you just want to capture a single window, just like what was said for Windows 7, follow the steps given below:
Step 1: For single window snapshot, click on the window you want to capture and make sure that is above all the other active windows. As for the full screen capturing, just let the screen the way you want it to be captured.
Step 2: Press “Alt” and “Prnt Scr” keys at the same time to screen shot a single window or just press “Prnt Scr” key alone to screenshot the entire screen.
Step 3: Open “Paint” or any other editing tool you desire to use and then paste the screenshot by keying “Ctrl + V”.
Step 4: Edit the captured image in case you want to.
Step 5: Save the file by using “Ctrl + S” shortcut short cut keys. Don’t forget to name the file and choose the file format.
3. Taking screenshot on Surface tablets. Now that screenshot commands in PC are given, it is time to let readers know how to take screenshot on Surface and Surface pro tablets.
Step 1: Press the Windows button and volume down key together.
Step 2: Wait for the screen to blink which indicates that a screenshot is taken.
Step 3: The picture will then automatically be saved in the “Screenshots” folder.
In addition to all of the methods given above, there is a free online tool which can be a big help in taking a screenshot particularly for web pages. The tool is called Webpage Screenshot Capture. This is so easy to use because creating a screenshot for the webpage streamed on your browser is just a click away. In fact, high quality images can as well be done. Additionally, all captured images can be saved on Cloud free storage provided by the site. Furthermore, this online tool has an editing tool which allows users to add texts, lines, arrows, shapes, watermarks and anything that can help in enhancing captured images. To use this tool, simply do the steps provided below.
Step 1: Simply go to Webpage Screenshot Capture page.
Step 2: Copy the link of the site you want to screenshot.
Step 3: Paste the link in the URL box above.
Step 4: Click on “Take Screenshot” button to capture the webpage.
Step 5: Upload the image in the Cloud storage.
In an event that you’re looking for a more sophisticated way to take screenshot on Windows, then Screen Capture Pro is the one that you’re looking for. This robust application is capable of capturing your Windows screen easily anytime you want with its 10 various capture modes to choose from. Plus this application has a built in basic/ advanced image editors, which are useful in adding annotations and enrichments to the screenshot that you’ve been taken. You can also take advantage of its Task Scheduler that can help you capture a screenshot automatically depending on the setting s that saved.
Here are the steps in using this app:
Step 1: Click the download button below and install.
Step 2: Once installed, you can open a program, page, or whatever you want to capture from your Windows screen.
Step 3: After that, choose one from the capture modes and select the editor that you prefer.
Step 4: Next is to choose an editor. You can tick quick editor for basic editing, while you can select advanced editor if you want to do more aside from adding lines and shapes.
Step 5: Now when you’re ready just click the camera icon. If a cross-hair appears, just drag it along the portion and then release your mouse to confirm the screenshot.
Step 6: An image preview with the selected editor will then appear, now you can start adding the annotations, or effects that you want.
Step 7: To save the file simply click the “Disk” icon.
Those are the best ways on how to screenshot on Windows. With all the different methods given, I don’t really think that people will still have a problem in capturing the screen of their computers or tablets.