3 ways to take a screenshot on a Mac

You are most likely familiar with the first two keyboard shortcuts, but the third may be the most useful of the lot.

As a tech blog writer, I take a great deal of screenshots on my MacBook Pro. I use the Command-Shift-4 approach regularly to take a screenshot of a selection of my desktop, but there is a better method if you wish to take a screenshot of an open window.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s examine the three keyboard shortcuts for taking screenshots on a Mac:
1. Command-Shift-3
It records a screenshot of your whole screen.

2. Command-Shift-4
It turns the cursor into a crosshair, which you can drag to select a portion of your screen to capture. Release the mouse button or trackpad to take the shot.

3. Command-Shift-4, then space bar, then click a window
Hitting the area bar turns the crosshair into a little video camera icon, which you can move over any open window. Click your desired window to take a screenshot of it. A screenshot caught by this technique features a white border around the window with a bit of a drop shadow.

Striking the area bar turns the crosshair into a little video camera icon, which you can move over any open window. Click on your desired window to take a screenshot of it. A screenshot caught by this method features a white border around the window with a bit of a drop shadow.

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