How to take a screenshot (screenshot) on Mac — 4 ways + new tools in macOS Mojave

Unlike Windows, on macOS there are several regular ways to take a screenshot of not only everything on the display, but also certain areas of the screen.

In this material we will tell, with what program can this be done and which keyboard shortcuts to use.

How to take a screenshot using the program «Screenshot» on macOS Mojave and newer (for other macOS versions, the instruction below)

Screenshot — standard utility for taking screenshots. Forget about Windows’PrintScreen and Paint. Apple made it simple and elegant.

1. Open Screenshot. The application can be found on the Finder path → Programs → Utilities → Screenshot, through Spotlight or Launchpad search.

Starting with macOS Mojave, you can also launch the screenshot ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + 5 on the keyboard.

The application attracts with ease of use and compactness. After starting, a toolbar will appear at the bottom of the screen.

2. Choose one of the following options (screenshot above): «Full screen shot», «Screenshot of the selected window» or «Snapshot of the selected area».

When choosing «Full Screen Capture» you will immediately get a screenshot, if you do not set a timer.

3. Click on a window or mark a part of the screen, if you selected one of the remaining options. Your screenshot will be taken immediately after selection.

4. If necessary, right-click on the thumbnail that appears in the lower right corner to open the context menu.

Use the context menu, to choose, where exactly to save the screenshot, as well as send, edit, show in finder, delete or tag it.

How to choose a save location for screenshots and screen recordings in macOS Mojave and newer

Despite, that to save screenshots and recordings after creating them, you can choose one of a limited set of places, in the new version of the OS, you can also make a default choice.

  1. Open Screenshot (Finder → Programs → Screenshot, through spotlight search, Launchpad or click ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + 5 on the keyboard on the keyboard, to open the screen toolbar.
  2. Press button «Parameters» on the panel that appears at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select «Desktop», «Documents», «Clipboard», «post office», «Messages» or «Preview» in «Save to», to set save location.

How to set a timer for taking screenshots in macOS Mojave and newer

  1. Open the screen capture program in any of the ways described above.
  2. Click «Parameters».
  3. To set a timer, select «5 second» or «10 Seconds», to disconnect, select option «Not».

How to show mouse cursor on screenshots in macOS Mojave and newer

  1. Open the screen capture program in any of the ways described above.
  2. Click «Parameters».
  3. Click «Show mouse cursor».

How to edit screenshot in macOS Mojave and newer

1. After creating a screenshot, a thumbnail will appear in the lower right corner. Click on it to start the mode «Markup».

You can also start the markup by right-clicking on the screenshot thumbnail and selecting the option in the context menu «Markup».

3. Use toolbar «Markup» for drawing, records, highlight, adding shapes, text insertion, signatures, rotate or select text styles using the toolbar at the top of the quick view.

4. Click «Done» to save changes.

How to take a screenshot using the program «Screenshot» (for macOS High Sierra and earlier)

After starting the application Screenshot (the program can be found on the Finder path → Programs → Screenshot, through Spotlight or Launchpad search) in the menu bar, go to the snapshot tab and select one of the available screenshot options:

  • selected area (Command shortcut (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + A);
  • window (Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + W);
  • screen (Command (⌘) + Z);
  • delayed screen (Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + Z).

How to take a screenshot using keyboard shortcuts

Screenshot Application — it’s certainly great, but remembering a couple of hot keys you can easily take several types of screenshots literally instantly. It remains to imagine that you are a pianist and at first write out combinations on the sticker and stick on the computer display:


  • Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 5 – opens the screen capture program (only on macOS Mojave and later).
  • Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 3 – screenshot of the entire desktop. If you have multiple monitors, the same number of files will appear.
  • Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 4 – screenshot of the highlighted part of the display. The cursor arrow turns into a sight with the current coordinates. You just have to choose the area of ​​interest.
  • Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 3, and then press the spacebar – screenshot of the whole window. Just bring the camera to any window, how it turns blue. Left-clicking a screenshot (a beautiful shadow is activated around the window by default).
  • Control (⌃) + Shift (⇧) + Command (⌘) + 3 – save a screenshot of the entire display to the clipboard (the file in the default folder is not created, but you can paste the image copied to the clipboard in any program).
  • Control (⌃) + Shift (⇧) + Command (⌘) + 4 – save selected display area to clipboard (works similar to the previous command – the file is not created, but you can immediately paste a screenshot from the clipboard).

Noteworthy then, that you can insert screenshots not only on the Mac on which they were created, but also on devices tied to one iCloud thanks to the Universal Clipboard (Universal Clipboard).

All screenshots are saved to the desktop in the format by default «Screenshot YYYY-MM-DD in HH.MM.SS» (Screenshot – date of – time). And the way, and the name can be changed using the commands of the Terminal.

About, how to change the path along which screenshots will be created we wrote in this material.

To change the default name, enter the following command in Terminal and press Return (Enter):

defaults write com.apple.screencapture name «any name»; killall SystemUIServer

You can restore the names to their original state with the command:

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture name; killall SystemUIServer

To remove the shadow cast by the window, run the following command:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true; killall SystemUIServer

Reset is performed by the command:

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow; killall SystemUIServer

How to take a screenshot of an entire web page in a browser

The standard utility for taking screenshots and shortcuts are only good if, if you want to capture information within the scope of the display. It is often necessary to take a screenshot of a web page with content going far down. In this case, we recommend using the free FireShot extension for Google Chrome (it’s time to get used to the fact that the most delicious extensions are not available in Safari).

After installation, click on the extension icon and select one of the available screenshot options:

  • whole page;
  • visible area;
  • region.

In the end, it remains to edit the points of interest directly in the web form and save the result in a convenient format.

How to take a screenshot of the Touch Bar in a MacBook Pro

If you are the proud owner of a MacBook with Touch Bar, then sooner or later a question will arise related to screenshots. And yes, a screenshot of this small display can be made, and even in a systematic way (without using third-party software. Apple as always took care of the nuances).

Use the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 6 to take a screenshot of all that, what is posted on the Touch Bar. The file will immediately be saved in the default location (this is usually a desktop).

But using the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + Control (⌃) + 6 — screenshot of Touch Bar is copied to the clipboard, but this does not create the file itself on disk (that is, you can insert an image in any program (Command (⌘) + V)).

You can customize the key combination to get a screenshot of the Touch Bar by going to the menu  → System settings… → Keyboard → tab «Keyboard shortcut».