How to Screenshot on Mac? How To Take A Screenshot On Mac?

How to Screenshot on Mac

Screenshot is a used to capture whatever is on your current screen as an image format and is available on almost all operating system. People love to use this feature in their day to day life whether it is for capturing a picture from their social media account or to record glitches on their device.

However, each operating system use different tools or command to capture a screenshot and it might differ on which version of the operating system you are using it on as well. Similar we are here to discusses on how to screenshot on Mac.

In comparison to other OS, Apple has implemented a unique way to screengrab on their Mac or Macintosh platform. User can take screenshot of their whole screen or part of their screen using multiple commands and through the Touch Bar.

Methods to Take a Screenshot on Mac

These are the various command or shortcut keys that you can use to take screenshot on macOS 13.0 Ventura. You can use these command on older version as well.

Method 1: Shift + Command + 3

If you want to capture your whole screen then the easiest way to do is by pressing Shit, Command and 3 key on your keyboard simultaneously which will capture the whole screen as screenshot. These are the required steps on how to do so:

  1. Move to the desired screen you want to take screenshot of. It can be a window, folder, file, video or an application.
  2. Simultaneously press Shift then Command then 3 key from your keyboard.
  3. The bottom right corner of the screen will preview a small image of your screenshot.
  4. You can click on it and open the screenshot you just took.

Method 2: Shift + Command + 4

Now if you don’t want to capture the whole screen but only a part of it then you can use the keyboard key combination of Shift, Command and 4. Pressing these key at the same time will convert your mouse pointer to a crosshair which you can click and drag to capture that part of the screen as a screenshot. Follow these instructions on how to partial screenshot on Mac:

  1. Open the screen, application or the content you want to capture.
  2. Press Shift then Command then 4 keys on the keyboard all together.
  3. The curser is converted to “+” or crosshair icon.
  4. Move your mouse pointer to the place you want to screenshot.
  5. Click and drag the mouse to the area and release when done.
  6. Partial screenshot is displayed at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  7. Click on it to see the captured image.

Method 3: Shift + Command + 5

Back in macOS 10.14 Mojave, Apple introduced a new addition to the screenshot feature where a small window will open with several screenshot functions and options to choose from. OYou can use this feature as well to capture screenshot on mac and these are the steps required:

  1. Go to the intended screen where you want to take a screenshot.           
  2. Press Shift, Command and 5 key at the same time to open Screenshot window.
  3. The first icon will be to take the screenshot of whole screen.
  4. Second icon will capture screenshot of the window you want.
  5. Third icon will take partial screenshot and the fourth icon named as “Options” contains different settings related to screenshot.
  6. You can use the fourth icon to set a different location to store the captured screenshot, add a delay timer for your screenshot or see advanced options.

By default the captured screenshot is saved on your macOS home screen or desktop. However, this location can be changes by accessing advanced option in the screenshot application.

Method 4: Take Touch Bar Screenshot

Not everyone owns the latest MacBook or MacBook Pro however many people still use older 15 or 16 inch MacBook and MacBook Pro which came with a Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard

If you own a macOS device with Touch Bar then you can screenshot it by simultaneously pressing Shift then Command then 6 key on the keyboard. You can see the image preview of the captured screenshot in the bottom right corner.


Screenshot is a niche feature that not everyone knows off but those who know use it on an everyday basis. Apple also has implemented the screenshot feature on mac operating system with different way to capture using different keys combination. If you are looking for a way on how to screenshot on mac then don’t worry, we have listed all the possible methods and their instructions in the article above.

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