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Easy steps to take screenshots on your MacBook [tutorial]

Taking screenshots on your MacBook is one of the basic things any user should know. While newbies may find the directions of capturing a screenshot in a Mac a bit too much, it really is incredibly simple once you get the hang of things on your computer. This short tutorial will give the steps on how to take screenshots on your MacBook

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Steps to screenshot the entire screen

There may be instances that you simply want to take a picture of the entire screen and simply edit it at a later time. If that’s what you want, or if you simply like to get the raw, unadulterated content of what the screen is displaying currently, it can be done in two easy steps. Here’s how:

  1. Press three buttons simultaneously: Shift + Command + 3.
  2. Once you’ve done that, all you need to do is to look for the file on your desktop. This file should be in .PNG format.

Steps to capture a portion of the screen

If you don’t want to capture unnecessary icons and other stuff in an image, you can screenshot just a part of the screen in four easy steps. The steps require dragging of your mouse so make sure that you have a working mouse at hand before doing it. You can also use your MacBook’s trackpad for this task. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Press three buttons at the same time: Shift + Command  + 4. This will convert the cursor to a crosshair.
  2. Move the crosshair to where you want to start the screenshot, then drag to select an area. If you wish to change the way the selection moves while dragging, you can continue pressing and holding Shift, Option, or Space bar.
  3. Once you’ve decided which portion of the screen to capture, release the mouse or the trackpad. In the event that you want to recapture the screen or cancel, just press the Esc key before releasing the button.
  4. Once you’ve done that, all you need to do is to look for the file on your desktop. This file should be in .PNG format.

Steps to capture a screenshot of a window only

There are instances wherein you may only want to capture a particular window. This is usually what you want to do if asked by a technician helping you what are the contents of a particular folder. To do this task, follow these steps:

  1. Press three buttons at the same time: Shift + Command  + 4. This will convert the cursor to a crosshair.
  2. Press the Spacebar so the pointer changes to a camera icon.
  3. Then, move the camera over a window to highlight it.
  4. Click your mouse or trackpad. To cancel, press the Esc (Escape) key before you click.
  5. Once you’ve done that, all you need to do is to look for the file on your desktop. This file should be in .PNG format.

Steps to capture a screenshot of a menu

There are two things that you can do in this section: capture the contents of a menu and capture the contents of the menu as well as its title.

If you want to capture the entire menu including its title, do the following steps:

  1. Open or click the menu so its contents are displayed.
  2. Press three buttons at the same time: Shift + Command  + 4. This will convert the cursor to a crosshair.
  3. Using your mouse or trackpad, drag over the area you wish to capture.
  4. Once you’ve decided which portion of the screen to capture, release the mouse or the trackpad. In the event that you want to recapture the screen or cancel, just press the Esc key before releasing the button.
  5. Once you’ve done that, all you need to do is to look for the file on your desktop. This file should be in .PNG format.

If you only want to capture the contents of a menu and not its title, here’s what you can do:

  1. Open or click the menu so its contents are displayed.
  2. Press three buttons at the same time: Shift + Command  + 4. This will convert the cursor to a crosshair.
  3. Press the Spacebar so the pointer changes to a camera icon.
  4. Then, move the camera over a window to highlight it.
  5. Click your mouse or trackpad. To cancel, press the Esc (Escape) key before you click.
  6. Once you’ve done that, all you need to do is to look for the file on your desktop. This file should be in .PNG format.

Steps to capture a screenshot of the Touch Bar

The steps below are only applicable if you have a MacBook with a Touch Bar and if your machine runs macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later. If you don’t have a Touch Bar, then the first four options should work for you.

To capture a screenshot of the Touch Bar, follow these steps:

  1. Press three buttons at the same time: Shift + Command  + 6.
  2. Once you’ve done that, all you need to do is to look for the file on your desktop. This file should be in .PNG format.

Just like in many apps on your Mac, you can customize your Touch Bar so it includes a screenshot icon that you can simply tap. To begin customizing the Touch Bar, just do these steps:

  1. Select the app or program where you want to customize your Touch Bar. if you want ot change the Control Strip, click on your desktop screen.
  2. Click on View in the app menu bar. This is located on top of the Mac’s screen.
  3. Click on Customize Touch Bar from the drop down menu.
  4. The customization should appear on the screen. This will allow you to pick your favorite items. The buttons should jiggle when you’re customizing the Touch Bar.
  5. Select and drag a tool from the customization panel down toward the bottom of the screen.  You should be able to drag items on either direction within the Touch Bar. if you want to remove an item, just drag it upwards.
  6. Make sure to click on Done button on the left side when you’re finished.

 


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