How to Screenshot on MacBook

You can capture what’s on the screen on your Mac with a screenshot or a screen recording.

We’ll show you how to take a screenshot using keyboard shortcuts and how to use the Screenshot app to record your screen.

Let’s talk about the different keyboard shortcuts you can use to take a screenshot. We’ll start by capturing the entire screen.

When you have something on your screen that you want to take a screenshot of, press Shift-Command-3.

A thumbnail of your screenshot will appear in the bottom-right corner of your screen.

You can click it to edit or share the screenshot right away, or you can wait for it to appear on your desktop.

  1. To capture a portion of your screen, press Shift-Command-4. This turns your pointer into a crosshair.
  2. Move it to where you want to start the screenshot, click and drag to select an area, and then release your mouse or trackpad.
  3. You can press the Escape key to cancel taking the screenshot at any time.

 

Take a screenshot of a window

  1. To do this, press Shift-Command-4 and then the Space bar. This will change the pointer to a camera.
  2. Move the camera over to the window or menu you want to capture, which becomes highlighted to confirm that it’s selected.
  3. Then click to take the screenshot.

 

How to Screen Record on MacBook

To record the screen on your Mac, you can use the built-in Screenshot app.

  1. To open it, press Shift-Command-5.
  2. When the Screenshot toolbar appears, you can drag it to move it around if you’d like. The buttons on the left side let you capture a still image of your screen.
  3. To make a video recording of everything on your screen, you can click the Record Entire Screen button.
  4. Or, to record a specific area, click the Record Selected Portion button, and a recording area appears while the rest of your screen dims slightly.
  5. You can move the frame to reposition it, and drag the edges to adjust the size of the area you want to record.
  6. When you’re ready, click Record to start recording the screen on your Mac, and the Screenshot toolbar will disappear.
  7. To stop recording, click the Stop Recording button in the menu bar. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut Command-Control-Escape.

Your screen recording appears as a thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of your screen. You can click it to edit or share the screen recording right away. Or you can wait for it to appear on your desktop.

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