New to Mac? So you can easily capture the screen — 2022

If you have recently arrived in the Mac world, you will have come across a quite significant difference with Windows, and it is the way of taking screenshots. In macOS the way to capture your screen is quite different from the one we have on a PC, since there is no PrintScreen key that we press and an image of the screen is saved in our clipboard. In macOS, from our point of view, it is much simpler and more versatile since we have a large number of functions to make screenshots or even record our screen through keyboard commands.

So you can make 'screenshots' in macOS

All the possible ways to take screenshots in macOS are summarized by pressing Shift-Command(⌘)-5 . By using this combination of keys we can see how a toolbar appears showing us all the possibilities that we have and that we will summarize below.

Capture the entire Mac screen

If we want to take a screenshot of the entire Mac screen, we simply have to use the keyboard combination Shift-Command(⌘)-3, and the screenshot will automatically be saved to the desktop or the default location, in addition to a thumbnail appearing in the lower right corner, which we will talk about later.

macOS screenshots

You can also make the capture through the toolbar that we have after pressing Shift-Command(⌘)-5. We simply have to click on the icon that we indicated in the previous image and automatically our pointer will turn into a camera that when you click on a screen it will capture it.

Capture only a selected part of the screen

If we want to make a screenshot of only part of the screen, we must press the keys Shift-Command(⌘)-4. The cursor will become a cross that will allow us to make the selection that we want from our screen by clicking and dragging as we please.

If we make a mistake when selecting an area of ​​the screen, we can press the Space bar to move the selected area, the Shift key to modify the area horizontally or vertically and the Option key to modify the area from center to outside.

Capture a specific window

If we don't want to take a screenshot of the entire screen of our Mac, we can also capture a specific window such as that of our browser or another application. We just have to press Shift-Command(⌘)-4 and we will keep the space bar pressed, passing the cursor to be a camera that we can place on the screen that we want to capture and we will press to take the capture. If you don't like the window shadow that is generated you can hold down the Option key when clicking.

In addition to being able to capture an application window, the same process can also be carried out to capture a menu or dialog box. Simply by passing the cursor over it, it will be highlighted indicating that it is possible to capture it.

The Touch Bar can also be captured

If we want to capture the Touch Bar of the new MacBook Pro we simply have to press the key combination Shift-Command(⌘)-6. The file will be automatically saved to your desktop or to the default location.

Use a timer when taking screenshots

In macOS we have the option to take screenshots using a timer of 5 or 10 seconds. In order to use it we can go to the Utilities capture and open the Screenshots application or press Shift-Command(⌘)-5. In the toolbar that will appear, click on Options and select 10 or 5 seconds, depending on how long we want it to take to make the screenshot.

screenshots macOS

As you can see, in this same menu we can also select if we want the mouse pointer to appear or not , something useful if we want to point to some element of the image. We can also quickly select where we want the capture to be saved: desktop, downloads, mail...

Edit screenshot quickly

When we take a screenshot you will have noticed if you are in macOS Mojave that a thumbnail appears in the lower right corner . By clicking on it we will have in our hand the possibility of making a quick edition with annotations. Once we have finished editing it, we can share it quickly through our messaging services or in Mail.

macOS screenshot

If we do not make any kind of editing or we slide the thumbnail to the right it will be saved automatically although if we open it and click on the trash can at the top we can delete it just like on the iPhone.

Customize your screenshots

When we make a screenshot, the resulting file has a default name that is not very elegant, or a file format is also imposed that we can modify as we detail below.

Customize the name of your screenshots

If we do not want the word screenshot to appear in the file we obtain, we can use the following steps to modify it to our liking:

  1. Open terminal.
  2. Enter the command defaults write name Nombre replacing what is inside the quotes with the name that we want to give to our captures.
  3. Enter the command killall SystemUIServer

We can also remove the date and time in the file name by following the steps below:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Enter the command defaults write include-date 0
  3. Enter the command killall SystemUIServer

To go back we simply have to repeat the same steps but modifying the 0 for a 1.

Customize the capture format

By default, the screenshot file will be saved in .png'comments-social-share'> format.