How To Take a Screenshot on MacBook: Capturing Information Effortlessly

Discover how the screenshot feature can transform the way you capture and share your digital experiences with quick keyboard shortcuts.

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Mwenda Kelvin (Chief Editor)

6/10/20242 min read

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Screenshots are an incredibly useful feature that allows one to capture exactly what is on their screen, whether it is for work, school, or personal use and if you are a MacBook user, you have several options for taking screenshots, each tailored to different needs and this blog post article is a guide that will walk you through the various methods available on your MacBook, ensuring you can capture any moment with ease as follows;

1. Capturing The Entire Screen

This option takes a screenshot of the entire screen display and saves it directly to the desktop and if you have multiple screens, each one will be captured and saved as a separate file. To achieve that, just press the Shift, Command and 3 buttons by pressing the SHIFT and Command buttons first then the number 3 button last all together and that is it.

2. Capturing a Particular Portion of The Screen

This option the cursor turns into a crosshair then click and drag to select the area that you want to capture and once you release the mouse button, the screenshot will be taken and saved to the desktop. To achieve that, just press the Shift, Command and 4 buttons by pressing the SHIFT and Command buttons first then the number 4 button last all together and that is it.

3. Capturing a Specific Window

This option turns the cursor into a camera icon, just hover over the window you want to capture and click on it and the screenshot of that window will be saved to the desktop. To achieve that, just press Shift, Command, 4 and Spacebar last all together and that is it.

4. Using Screenshot Toolbar

This option can be used in macOS Mojave upwards and to access it, press Shift, Command and 5 whereby it will bring a toolbar with several screenshot capture options where one can choose from as follows;

  • Capture Entire Screen

  • Capture Selected Window

  • Capture Selected Portion

  • Record Entire Screen (for video)

  • Record Selected Portion (for video)

Within this toolbar, one can also choose where to save their screenshots and set a timer if they need to prepare the screen before the capture.

5. Using the Touch Bar (for MacBook with Touch Bar)

If you have a MacBook with a Touch Bar, you can customize the Control Strip to include a Screenshot button:

  • Go to System Preferences then Keyboard

  • Click on Customize Control Strip

  • Drag the Screenshot button onto your Touch Bar

With that, now you can take screenshots directly from the Touch Bar.

In summary, taking screenshots on MacBook is a straightforward, thanks to the various in-built methods and tools whether one needs to capture the entire screen, a specific window, or a selected portion, macOS provides one with the flexibility to do so efficiently and with this guide, you will be able to take perfect screenshots for any occasion, enhancing your productivity and communication.