If you recently switched to Mac from PC and are now confused about how to do a print screen then you are on the right place.
You probably noticed that there is no such thing as “Print Screen” button on your keyboard or any other close alternative. In case you are still using your old PC keyboard you will find that “Print Screen” button is not working anymore.
Everyone believes that Mac is very simple and intuitive operating system, but when it comes to taking a print screen it turns out to be completely unintuitive and almost impossible to find this function even by pushing button after button.
There are several methods to capture a print screen on your Mac and I will explain all of these methods in greater detail.
How to do a print screen and save it to the file
You don’t need to memorize all of these methods because you will never use them anyway, so memorize one or two and you are ready to go.
Command + Shift + 3: takes screenshot of the entire screen and saves it as file to the desktop
Command + Shift + 4: this function brings up selection box so you can select witch area to capture on print screen. Once area is selected, a screenshot will be taken and saved as a file to the desktop.
Command + Shift + 4, then spacebar and click on the window you want to capture on a screenshot. This function captures selected window on the screenshot a saves it as file to the desktop.
How to do a print screen and save it to the clipboard for further use
This functions works just like print screen on Windows machine, it captures screenshot and saves it to the clipboard so you can “Paste” it into another app for further editing.
Command + Control + Shift + 3: takes a screenshot of the entire screen and saves it to the clipboard for further use in another app
Command + Control + Shift + 4 and then select an area you want to capture: takes a screenshot of selected area and saves it to the clipboard for further use in another app
Command + Control + Shift + 4, then hit space and click on a window you want to capture: takes screenshot of a window you have selected and saves it to the clipboard for further use in another app
I decided to make this website and of course write this article because more and more people are switching from Windows to Mac and the most common thing that new Mac users ask is, “Where is the print screen button on my Mac” or “How to do Print Screen on a Mac” so now you have the answer to both of these questions. Have fun!
Btw, which print screen method you use and like the most?