How to take a screenshot of your entire screen?
- Open all the apps and windows you’d like to include, and place them the way you want them to appear in the final image.
- Press Command + Shift + 3, all at the same time.
- You should hear a camera click sound, notifying you that OS X has taken a screenshot.
- By default, the screenshot will be placed on your desktop in .PNG format, where the file’s name will contain the time and date.
- Double click to open it with Preview, where you can share it.
How to take a screenshot of a custom area of your screen?
- Press Command + Shift + F, all the same time, to initiate the screen grabbing feature.
- Position the new crosshair cursor at one corner of the area you’d like to capture, and then click and hold to enclose the wanted area.
- The crosshairs will show a precise pixel count, which can be useful if you want a specific image size, in terms of its resolution. Additionally, you can hold down Option to change the lock point to the centre of the area, or hold down Shift to lock all sides but the one direction you’re currently moving.
- To take the screenshot, simply let go of the mouse button or trackpad.
- You should hear a camera click sound.
- Finally, you can find the screenshot on your desktop in .PNG format, along with the file’s date and time in its name.
Taking a screenshot of a specific window of your screen
- Press Command + Shift + 4, just like in the previous example. You should see the cursor turn into crosshairs.
- Now press the spacebar, which should turn your cursor into a camera-like symbol.
- Place the camera cursor over a window you’d like to turn into a screenshot. The window should tint blue, so you can sure that OS X recognises the right window prior to taking a screenshot.
- Click on take the screenshot and you should hear a camera click sound.
- Once again, the image will be placed on your desktop in .PNG format.
Take a screenshot directly to the OS X Clipboard
- Press Command + Shift + Control + 3 at the same time, which will take the screenshot of your entire screen to place it in the clipboard.
- Press Command + Shift + Control + 4 at the same time, which will allow you to select an area. If you press Spacebar, this will allow you to screenshot a specific window.
- To paste the image, you can use Control + V or pick Paste from the main menu of an app you’re using.
Edit your screenshots and get them prepared for sharing