There is no Print Screen Key on MacBook, which comes up as an annoying surprise to New Mac users coming from Windows background. Hence, we are providing below the steps to Print Screen or Take Screenshot on Mac.
Take Screenshot on Mac
Unlike Windows computers, MacBooks do not have a dedicated Print Screen Key and won’t support the Print Screen Key, even if you attach a Windows Keyboard to Mac.
Hence, the only way to Print Screen or Take Screenshots on Mac is by using Keyboard Shortcuts, as assigned by Apple in its macOS software.
Compared to Windows Print Screen Function, macOS assigned Keyboard Shortcuts offer more functionality, allowing users to capture the entire screen or a selected area of the screen.
For example, pressing Command + Shift + 3 keys captures the entire screen of Mac in a Screenshot, while Command + Shift + 4 keyboard shortcut can be used to take Screenshot of a selected portion of the screen.
Also, if you are using dual monitors, pressing Command + Shift + 3 keys takes Screenshot of both the monitors.
1. Take Screenshot of Entire Screen on Mac
Follow the steps below to take a Screenshot of the entire screen or the entire desktop of your Mac.
1. Press Command + Shift + 3 keys on the keyboard of your Mac.
Note: If you are using a Windows keyboard on Mac Mini, press Windows + Shift + 3 keys.
Once you press above key combination, the entire screen of Mac will be captured in a Screenshot and the Screenshot will be saved as a (.PNG) File on the desktop of your MacBook.
2. If required, you can right-click on the saved Screenshot File and Rename the File to something that describes the content of the Screenshot.
2. Take Screenshot of Selected Area on Mac
If you are on Twitter or any other website, you can capture any Tweet, Photo or a portion of the article appearing on the website by using Command + Shift + 4 keyboard shortcut.
1. Press Command + Shift + 4 keys on the keyboard of your Mac and you will immediately see the mouse pointer changing in to Crosshair mode.
Note: If you are using Windows computer on Mac Mini, press Windows + Shift + 4 keys.
2. Using Mouse or Trackpad, select the portion or Area on the screen that you want to capture in the Screenshot and release the mouse key (See image below).
3. Once you release the Mouse key, you will hear the shutter sound and the Screenshot will be saved as (.png) file on the desktop of your MacBook.
3. Print Screen to Clipboard on Mac
When you take a Screenshot on Mac, the Screenshot is also saved to the Clipboard. This allows you to paste the Screenshot into Microsoft Word, Excel and other Apps.
1. Press Command + Control + Shift + 3 keys on the keyboard of your Mac.
Note: If you are using Windows keyboard on Mac, press Windows + Control + Shift + 3 keys.
2. The entire screen or the Desktop of your Mac will be saved to Clipboard and you can use Command + V shortcut to paste the Screenshot into any App.
4. Save Print Screen of Selected Portion to Clipboard on Mac
Similarly, when you take a Screenshot of a specific portion or Area of the screen, the Screenshot is also saved to the Clipboard and can be pasted into any Document, Spreadsheet or any App.
1. Press Command + Control + Shift + 4 keys on the keyboard of your MacBook and you will see the mouse turning into Crosshair mode.
Note: If you are using Windows keyboard on Mac Mini, press Windows + Control + Shift + 4 keys.
2. Using the Mouse or Trackpad, select the specific portion of the screen that you want to capture in the screenshot and release the mouse key.
You will immediately hear the Screenshot sound and the screen shot will be saved to the clipboard on your Mac.
You can use Command + V keyboard shortcut to paste the screenshot into any App or anywhere on your Mac.