Taking a Screenshot of the Entire Screen

In this lesson for Screenshots on the Mac we look at how we take a screenshot of your entire screen with the new screenshot tool introduced with macOS Mojave.

Taking a Screenshot of your Entire Screen or Display
To pull up the new tools introduced in macOS Mojave for screenshots and recording, you hold down the Command and Shift keys (⌘) along with the 5 key. If you’ve been taking screenshots with past macOS’s, you know you use Command (⌘), shift 3 and 4. You can still use those but with Command (⌘)-Shift-5, you get all the tools including how to take a screenshot of your entire screen. When you use the key command, you’ll see your tools float at the bottom of your display. Elect the first tool on the right to take a screenshot of your entire screen.

Saving your Screenshot
When you click on Options, you can set where you want your screenshot to be saved. You can save it in a folder or have it open an app. You can also save it to the clipboard if you are going to paste it into another app. By default, it saves it to the Desktop.

Setting a Timer
Under options is also there you can set a timer. When you set a timer, when you click on your display you want a screenshot of, your Mac will wait either 5 or 10 seconds to take the screenshot. This comes in handy if you want to select a menu or take a screenshot of something you are doing and you need a slight delay before you take the screenshot.

Show Floating Thumbnail
When you select Show ‘Floating Thumbnail’ under Options, after you take your screenshot, it will show in the lower right corner of your screen for a few seconds. If you click on it while it’s showing as a thumbnail, you can mark it up.

Remember Last Selection
When this is selected under Options, any settings or options you have set here will be remembered for your next screenshot.

Show Mouse Pointer
When this is selected, the mouse pointer will show in your screenshot when it is taken.

See this Lesson in Action
If you want to see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.

Lesson tags: Mac Tutorials
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