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Mac: Screenshot

How to take a screenshot on a Mac computer.

Capture the Entire Screen

Press Command (⌘)-Shift-3. The screenshot is added to the desktop.

Capture Some of the Screen

  • Press Command (⌘)-Shift-4
  • Drag the crosshair pointer to select the area
  • Hold Shift, Option, or the Space bar and drag to resize the selection area
  • To cancel, press Escape (esc) before you release the mouse button

In Mac OS X v10.6 and later, screenshots are saved as PNG files on the desktop. Screenshots are automatically named "Screen shot (date and time).png." Open these screenshots with Preview or other image editing apps.