How to print screen on pc

How to Capture Print Screen on a Mac

1. Method

1.1 Capture entire screen area and save it to clipboard

Command ⌘ + Control + Shift + 3

Command ⌘ + Control + Shift + 3 - Capture screenshot and save it on clipboard

Command ⌘ + Control + Shift + 3

1.2 Capture entire screen area and save it to a file on your desktop

Command ⌘ + Shift + 3

Command ⌘ + Shift + 3

Command ⌘ + Shift + 3 – Capture screenshot and save it as file

2. Method

This method will help you to capture selected area of our screen such as menu bar, opened applications, some part of desktop, some application window or anything else. This is slightly more “advanced” method but it is very useful if you get used to it. Personally I use this method a lot but you have to repeat this method to memorize and learn how to use it properly on your Mac.

2.1 Capture selected screen area and save it to clipboard for further use in apps

Command ⌘ + Control + Shift + 4

Command ⌘ + Control + Shift + 4 + Drag with mouse. Capture selected area of screen and save it on clipboard.

  1. Press the Command ⌘ + Control + Shift + 4 (for older Mac versions use Apple key ⌘+ Control + Shift + 4) all at the same time.
  2. You will notice that your mouse cursor changes to “+” with pixel coordinates on the right side
  3. Now click and drag a box around the section that you want capture and release the mouse button when you are done
  4. Now screen capture is saved on clipboard for further use in apps

2.2 Capture selected screen area and save it to a file on your desktop

Command ⌘ + Shift + 4

Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 + Drag with mouse. Capture selected area of screen and save it as file on your desktop.

  1. Press the Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 (for older Mac versions use Apple key ⌘ + Shift + 4) all at the same time.
  2. You will notice that your mouse cursor changes to “+” with pixel coordinates on the right side
  3. Now click and drag a box around the section that you want capture and release mouse button when you are done
  4. Now screen capture is saved on a PNG file on your desktop (if not otherwise specified)
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3. Method

This method will help you to save a print screen of a particular application window such as web browser, Keynote, Pages, Numbers or other.

3.1 Capture a screenshot of a particular app window and save it to clipboard

Command ⌘ + Control + Shift + 4

Command ⌘ + Control + Shift + 4 + Space bar + Mouse Click. Print screen particular windows on save it on clipboard

  1. Command ⌘ + Control + Shift + 4
  2. You will notice that your mouse cursor changes to “+” with pixel coordinates on the right side
  3. Now with spacebar (that very wide button on your keyboard )
  4. Now click on window you would like to capture in screenshot
  5. Screenshot is now saved on your clipboard for further use in apps

3.2 Capture a screenshot of a particular app window and save it to a file on your desktop

Command ⌘ + Shift + 4

Command ⌘ + Shift + 4 + Space Bar + Mouse Click. Print screen particular windows on save it as file on desktop.

  1. Command ⌘ + Shift + 4
  2. You will notice that your mouse cursor changes to “+” with pixel coordinates on the right side
  3. Now with space bar (that wide button on your keyboard )
  4. Now click on window you would like to capture in screenshot
  5. Screenshot is now saved on a PNG file on your desktop (if not otherwise specified)

Like I said, there are 3 methods with 2 different outputs and we have covered them all. If you are having trouble with any of these methods, please let us know in comments below.

You don’t need to memorize all these methods and the best solution here is to find the one or two that you like the most and practice for a while to memorize theme. If you think that you will definitely forget, make sure to bookmark this page for further reference.

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Change the File Format Your Mac Uses to Save Screenshots

If you did try to use some of the above mentioned methods, you might have noticed that screenshots saved as PNG files. In most cases it is OK to use this file format because you will get the best image quality but if you are using MacBook Pro Retina or some other 4K monitor you will notice that screenshots can be as large as 5-8MB and that is unacceptable for sending several such files via email.

There is solution for this as you can change the default file type for screen captures by using a simple terminal command. Every installation of Mac OS X includes the Terminal which you can find in Applications -> Utilities. Or use search to find “Terminal” faster.

Most major image formats are supported by this OS X function including PNG, PDF, GIF, TIFF, and JPG, we’ll go with JPG since that is a common type and will output smaller image size than default PNG.

Mac OS X Yosemite Terminal

Now that you have Terminal opened copy/paste this command and hit enter (return):

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg

You might have to input your Mac user password, if so, just go ahead and do it.

These changes will take effect after next restart but you can use this command to make these changes instant. Again copy/paste this command in Terminal window and hit enter (return).

killall SystemUIServer

Screen captures will now be saved as JPG files. To change back to PNG or to any other file format just run through the process again setting ‘png’ or other as your type in the first Terminal command.

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