In this lesson, we look at how to use key commands to take screenshots of the Mac. This includes taking the screenshots of the entire display or screen, a screenshot of a window, or taking a screenshot of a selection.
Screenshots of the Entire Screen
Let’s first look at how we take a screenshot of the entire screen. To do that, all you have to do is hold down the Command key (⌘), the Shift key and the 3 key at the same time. When you do this, it’s going to take a screenshot of the entire screen. In the video above, you’ll see that when I use the command-shift-3 combination, I get three different screenshots. That’s because I have three monitors connected to my computer. So when you use command-shift-3, it takes a screenshot of all the displays connected to your Mac. Where does is save these screenshots? On the desktop.
Screenshots of a Window
Now let’s take a look at how you can just take a screenshot of a window. To do that, what you do is we hold down the Command key (⌘), the Shift key and the 4 key. When you do this, you’ll see your cursor will change to crosshairs. Once it does that, tap on the space bar. Again the cursor will change, this time to a camera. Now you just move the camera over the window you want to take a screenshot of and click on it. You’ll have a new file on your desktop that is a screenshot of the window you just clicked.
Screenshots of a Selection
The last thing you can do is take a screenshot of a selection. To do that, you use Command+Shift+4 again. You’ll see your crosshairs and just draw to make a selection. Once you make your selection you’ll see a new file on your desktop, the file being a screenshot of your selection.
See this lesson in Action
If you want to see how to take screenshots in action, I show you how this all works in the video above.