It can be really useful to be able to take a photograph of your screen. You can take a photo of the entire screen or just a section of it without needing a camera…

QUICK GUIDE

Screenshot of entire screencommand + shift + 3
Screenshot of selected areacommand + shift + 4
Screenshot of single window or menucommand + shift + 4 + spacebar

Entire Screen Screenshot

  • Using the keyboard hold down command and shift then press 3
  • A screenshot of the entire screen will be saved to your desktop, to display the desktop, hold down command and F3

Select an area for Screenshot

  • Using the keyboard hold down command and shift then press 4
  • Your cursor will change into a crosshair icon, position this in the top left corner of what you want to take a Screenshot of
  • Click and drag until the gray box (will appear) covers the exact area you want
  • Release when complete
  • The screenshot of a section of your screen will be saved to your desktop, to display the desktop, hold down command and F3

Screenshot of a single window or menu

  • Using the keyboard hold down command and shift and 4, when the crosshair icon appears press Space Bar (it’s like playing Twister with your fingers?!)
  • Your cursor will change into a small camera icon
  • Move the cursor over the window or (open) menu you want to Screenshot
  • Click once (trackpad) or press esc to cancel
  • The screenshot of a section of your screen will be saved to your desktop, to display the desktop, hold down command and F3

Now you know how to take a Screenshot, find out how to keep them organized!

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