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Because Macs don't have a Print Screen command like in Windows, most Mac beginners don't know how to take or delete screenshots on Mac with a keyboard shortcut. This task is actually fairly easy to achieve, and there are several ways to do it.

The MacBook touch bar can have a screenshot button added to it, however, this may not be on the touch bar by default.

The screenshot files are saved to a default location for screenshot files in PNG format.

Take a Screenshot on Mac Using Screenshot Keyboard Shortcuts

macOS has built-in screenshot keyboard shortcuts for carrying out specific actions and system tasks. screenshot keyboard shortcuts allow you to increase the speed at which you work by a significant margin. To take a screenshot of your Mac screen, follow these steps:

Take a Screenshot of the Entire Screen

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To take a full-screen screenshot, press: Shift + Command + 3 on your keyboard.

Take a Screenshot of a Certain Area

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To screenshot a select area of your desktop screen using your mouse cursor, press: Shift + Command + 4 on your keyboard.

Take a Screenshot of a Window or Website

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To screenshot an opened window or website, press: Shift + Command + 4 + Space Bar on your keyboard.

You can also copy the screenshot to your clipboard so you can paste it into another program using these hotkeys:

Take and Save a Screenshot of the Entire Screen

Take and Save a Screenshot of the Full Desktop Screen

To take a full-screen screenshot to clipboard, press: Shift + Command + 3 + Control on your keyboard.

Take and Save a Screenshot of a Certain Area

Take and Save a Screenshot of a Certain Area

To screenshot a select area of your desktop screen using your mouse cursor and save the screenshot to clipboard, press: Shift + Command + 4 + Control on your keyboard.

Take and Save a Screenshot of a Window or Website

Take and Save a Screenshot of a Window or Website

To screenshot an opened window or website and save the screenshot to clipboard, press: Shift + Command + 4 + Space Bar + Control on your keyboard.

Take a Screenshot with the Screenshot App

For macOS Mojave or macOS Catalina, the screenshot utility app is equivalent to “Grab” in previous versions. It is a professional screenshot tool created by Apple that allows you to take high-quality screenshots. With Screenshot, you can capture screenshots of your desktop and also capture your workflow on screen.

You can find this application by searching for it in the Utilities folder within Applications, or by using Spotlight in the status bar or Launchpad.

To take a screenshot of your Mac screen using the macOS Screenshots app, follow these simple steps:

1. Open the Screenshot App

Open the Screenshot App

The quickest way to do this is to open Spotlight Search in the top-right corner of your menu bar.

2. Choose the Type of Screenshot from the Navigation Bar

Choose the Type of Screenshot from the Navigation Bar

Once you launch the Screenshot App you will see a screenshot panel screen with icons which allows you to choose the type of screenshot you want to capture.

  • The first option on the navigation bar is Capture Entire Screen, this option will capture everything displayed on your screen in a fullscreen screenshot.
  • The second option on the navigation bar is Capture Selected Window, this option will let you choose a screen or window to take a screenshot. 
  • The third option on the navigation bar is Capture Selected Portion, this option will let you click and drag a window of any area of your screen to take a screenshot of selection.

You can also take timed screenshots. Click the options drop-down menu, you will see the timer section, choose either the 5 Seconds or 10 Seconds option and then click Capture. A countdown timer will appear on the screen. The screenshot will be made automatically.

Take a Screen Recordings with the Screenshot App

You can take a video screen recording with the Screenshot App. Follow these simple steps to do this.

1. Launch the Screenshot App

You can do this by clicking the Launchpad with your mouse button and then searching for Screenshot.

2. Choose the Type of Screen Recording from the Navigation Bar

  • The first option is Record Entire Screen, this will create a video recording of the whole screen.
  • The second option is Record Selected Portion, this will let you choose a selected area of the screen to record with a pop-out window.
  • Once you are finished, choose Stop Screen Recording to save the video.

Please be aware that creating screen recordings will use a lot of disk space on your computer.

How to Edit a Screenshot on Mac

You can edit the screenshots you take using the Preview App. If you don't capture the screenshot to clipboard you can open the individual photo and use the markup tools to make changes to the screenshot.

How to Delete Screenshots on Mac

The easiest way to delete screenshots on mac is to open the finder window and type the search term Screen Shot. This will bring up every file with Screen Shot in the file name.

You can view each screenshot on the list by clicking on it with the mouse button and pressing space bar. 

If you want to delete the screen shot you can do this by pressing Command + Delete. This will remove the photo from everywhere including iCloud Drive.