How to Screenshot on Mac Computer

May 4, 2020 • Devin Partida


Transitioning from PC to Mac includes a bit of a learning curve. One of the differences new Apple users are sure to notice is the lack of a Print Screen button. Without a dedicated button, users may not know how to screenshot on Mac.

The process isn’t
immediately evident. Macs come with several different options for capturing
varying amounts of the screen, too. To clear things up for the 17% of computer users who use macOS, here’s how
to screenshot on Mac.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The easiest way to
screenshot on Mac is with keyboard shortcuts. The newest versions of macOS
offer several different options for this purpose, each working a little
differently. Here are the two most versatile choices and how to use them.

Capturing the Whole Screen

To capture the entire
screen, press the “Shift,” “Command” and “3” keys
simultaneously. After the system takes a screenshot, a thumbnail should appear
in the corner of the display. Users can click that preview to edit and save the
image they just took.

If a thumbnail doesn’t
appear, the screenshot will appear on the desktop once saved.

Capturing a Portion of the Screen

If users don’t want to
capture the whole screen, they can press Shift-Command-4. After pressing these
buttons, the user’s cursor will turn into a crosshair icon. Dragging the
crosshair will select the area of the screen users wish to screenshot.

Holding the Space bar
allows users to move the selected area to a different part of the display. When
they want to take a screenshot, users can release the mouse button or


Keyboard shortcuts are the
most straightforward way to screenshot on Mac. The built-in screenshotting
service may not offer all the features users want, though. For more features
and control, users can use third-party Safari screenshot apps.

There are plenty of apps
available, but here are three of the best.


Skitch offers a variety of
tools for capturing Mac screens. It can capture the entire screen or a selected
portion, with or without a timer. Skitch also features several editing tools
and the option to save in eight different file formats. If you need to share
your image with someone, the annotate tool makes sharing notes a snap.

To screenshot with Skitch,
first, open the app. When the app is running, users just have to click and hold
the icon in the Dock. A menu will appear offering Skitch’s various screenshot


Monosnap can capture both
still images and videos of user’s screens. Like Skitch, it offers plenty of
editing tools, and it also features the ability to share screenshots on social
media. With a paid upgrade, it can also integrate with programs like Dropbox.

After opening Monosnap, its
icon will appear in the status bar. Clicking this icon will reveal a drop-down
menu with the different capture options. Users can also view uploads and
preferences from here.


CleanShot isn’t free like
Skitch and Monosnap, but it has some handy and unique features. With CleanShot,
users can hide icons and blur areas within the screenshot. It can also capture
videos and features customizable keyboard shortcuts.

CleanShot works a lot like
Monosnap and Skitch. Once users click on its icon, they’ll find a list of
screenshotting options. This app may not be free, but it offers arguably the
most professional-looking screenshots.

How to Screenshot on Mac with Ease

Users can look at screenshot
guides on Apple support
 for more information about macOS
keyboard shortcuts. Third-party apps offer their own support guides as well. No
matter what option users go with, taking and saving screenshots on Mac is a
hassle-free process.