Wondering how to take a screenshot with your Mac? Not to worry – it’s incredibly simple and extremely versatile. There’s pretty much no need to download any additional software unless you want to snap non-rectangular screenshots. Here’s how it’s done:
|To capture the full screen, hit Command+shift+3|
|To select the screenshot area, hit Command+Shift+4|
When you snap a screenshot with either of the shortcuts listed above, it will instantly save to the Desktop. If you’d like to have your screenshot saved to the Clipboard instead, just add the Control key to the shortcut.
|To capture the full screen and save it to the clipboard, hit Command+Shift+Control+3|
|To select the screenshot area and save it to the clipboard, Command+Shift+Control+4|
If you’re using the Command+Shift+4 or Command+Shift+Control+4 shortcuts, there are also a number of modifiers you can use afterward to make your life easier. After you hit the initial shortcut, you can:
|Hit the Spacebar to grab a window|
|Hold Option to grow your selection from the center|
|Hold Shift to lock in the vertical or horizontal position|
|Hold Space to move the selection while locking the aspect ratio|
|Hold Shift+Space to lock in horizontal or vertical while moving the locked selection|
|Hit Escape or Command+Period to cancel your screenshot|
Additionally, if you ever need to annotate your screenshots, we highly recommend using Skitch – it’s what we used to make the keyboard annotations in this guide.
That’s it! Pretty easy, right? Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.