How To Use Print Screen On A Mac OS X Computer

A simple guide to using the Print Screen Mac feature. Take a screenshot on a Mac OS X computer is complicated? In this article, I will show you how to Print Screen on a Mac.

For experienced users who have been using Mac OS for years, it is very easy to take a screenshot on a Mac by using Print Screen Mac function. There is nothing strange about the features and functions of Mac OS. But if you have recently switched from Microsoft’s Windows or Linux to Mac OS X, you might feel unfamiliar with this new platform and don’t know how to use its features.

On Windows PC, it’s very easy to take a screenshot of the full screen of your screen. All you need to do is just press the “PrtScr” or “Print Screen” key on your keyboard, depending on which keyboard you use. After you press that key, Windows OS will automatically take a screenshot of your screen as a full-size, and save it to the clipboard.

In order to export or save this screenshot into an image file, you will need assistance from a picture editor program such as Microsoft Paint or Photoshop. Just paste the content from the clipboard to the Paint program (or press Ctrl + V) and the save it as a new image file.

That’s it!

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PrtScr Key or Print Screen key

How about taking a screenshot on a Mac? Is it more complicated than what we did on Windows PC? Does it still need any assistance from photo editor apps?

Print Screen Mac Feature – It Is Very Simple

On Mac OS X, it’s quite easy and more advanced to take a screenshot of your computer’s screen.

There are three methods you can use to take a screenshot of your Mac:

  • Take a screenshot of the full screen.
  • Take a screenshot of a selected part of the screen.
  • Take a screenshot of a chosen application.

You can use any methods to capture a screenshot on your Mac OS X computer without needing an assistance from photo editor applications, like on Windows.

There are three key combinations you can follow up to do a print screen on a Mac computer to take a screenshot. Each keystroke has its job, to take a full-screen screenshot, a part of the screen or a screenshot of a particular application, depending on which key combination you use.

Take A Screenshot Of The Full Screen With Print Screen Mac Shortcut

Command + Shift + 3: This is a keystroke you can use to take a screenshot of the full screen of your Mac computer. The image file will automatically save to your Mac desktop screen.

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Do a print screen on Mac OS X computer with a simple shortcut.

If you are using more than one monitor connected to your Mac computer, such as one Mac Pro and two monitors – then this procedure will take a larger image file, which includes all connected monitors.

What do I need to do to select a part of my screen and then take a screenshot of it?

Well, you have to use a different keystroke!

Use Print Screen Mac Function To Capture A Selected Part Of Your Screen

Command + Shift + 4: This keystroke is used to capture a part of your Mac screen. Which part? It depends on your selection.

How to Print Screen on Mac

When you press these keys on your keyboard, a selection box will show up, and allow you to choose a particular area of your Mac screen to capture. Then, it automatically saves it as a picture file to the desktop of your Mac.

So, the complete instruction to take a screenshot of a selected area of your Mac screen will be:

  1. Hit Command + Shift + 4 and then your pointer will change to a crosshair pointer.
  2. Move your crosshair pointer to the position that you want to capture the screenshot.
  3. Drag to choose an area and then release it. The screenshot will automatically be captured.

While you are dragging the crosshair pointer, you also can hold Shift, Option, or Space to change the way you choose the part of your screen to take a screenshot.

If you have selected a part of your Mac screen, but you change your mind and want to choose another area, just press Esc to cancel.

Take A Screenshot Of A Specific Application Window With Print Screen Mac

To take a screenshot of a particular application on your Mac OS X computer, just follow these instructions:

  1. Press these keys at the same time: Command + Shift + 4.
  2. After pressing these keys, the Mac’s cursor will change to “+“.
  3. Next step, press Spacebar (or Space key), the cursor will turn itself into a camera icon.
  4. Just move the camera icon and then click on the application you want to take the screenshot.

After that, the image file will automatically save to your Mac’s desktop like all the methods above, with a name as “Screen Shot xx-xx-xx“. These “xx-xx-xx” digits were generated automatically according to the date and time when the screenshot was created.

How to print screen on a Mac

List of screenshot files, which generated by Print Screen Mac function.

If you don’t know yet, all taken screenshots will automatically be saved to your desktop. If you continue taking more screenshots, your Mac’s desktop will become very messy, with tons of images. That’s the reason why you need to change the default location where the screenshots will be stored.

Also, here are five best apps to help you take a screenshot on your Mac, with some advanced features. Try these apps, and maybe you will like to use them more than using keystrokes.

I hope this guide will help you to learn more about Print Screen Mac feature and how to use it to take a screenshot on your Mac computer.

If you have any questions or want to ask how to do Print Screen on Mac, or need any further help, feel free to leave your comment below. I will take the time to respond to your comment and help you as soon as I can.


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