How do I "print screen" (screenshot) on a Mac?

11 May 2020, 10:23

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To create a screenshot in Microsoft Windows, users have traditionally done the following: Hit the Prt Scrn key to grab the screen to the clipboard, then open Microsoft Paint, and paste in the screenshot. Save it out as a file.

How to “print screen” on a Mac
If you want to do exactly the same as the above on a Mac, do the following:

  1. Hold down Shift + Cmd + Ctrl + 3. Yes, that’s quite a handful. You’ll hear a camera shutter sound.
  2. Open the Preview app, which you’ll find in the Applications list.
  3. Ignore the File Open dialog box, and click File > New From Clipboard (or tap the Cmd + N keys).
  4. Hey presto – a screenshot that you can then save out in any format by clicking File > Save.

But to be clear, it’s better to make use of the Mac’s superior screenshot facilities.
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