By Phil DavisPublished February 2012; Updated December 2016
Use Keyboard Shortcuts
Screenshots can be made using these shortcuts.
- Capture screen, save to file CMD+SHIFT+3
- Capture screen, save to clipboard CMD+CTRL+SHIFT+3
- Capture a selection, save to file CMD+SHIFT+4
- Capture a selection, save to clipboard CMD+CTRL+SHIFT+4
Use the Grab Application
You can also make use of Grab application which is included with the Mac OS. You can find it at /applications/utilities/grab. The captured image can be saved to a file or can be copied to another application.
- Open Grab
- Select Capture from the Menu
- Select the type of capture needed (Selection, Window, Screen, Timed Screen)
- Select FILE > SAVE to save the image, or
- Select EDIT > COPY to put the image into the clipboard
Or, use the following keyboard shortcuts
- Capture selection CMD+SHIFT+A
- Capture window CMD+SHIFT+W
- Capture screen CMD+Z
- Timed capture of screen CMD+SHIFT+Z (capture occurs 10 seconds after selection)
Use the Preview Application
Preview gives you the ability to annotate your capture without the use of other software.
- Open Preview (from the Dock or from the applications menu)
- Select FILE > TAKE SCREENSHOT
- Select FROM SELECTION, or FROM WINDOW, or FROM ENTIRE SCREEN
- If desired annotate the capture: Select TOOLS > ANNOTATE
- Save the file as a PDF or an image.