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How to make a print screen on Mac

There has never happened to have in your computer’s screen a page, image, or written that you would like to save? No problem, because you can do it, simply going to run the print screen of the screen! By doing so, in an easy and fast, you can save the image on your desk to be able to then look and/or change later with the help of any image editor. Come on, to see how to make a print screen on Mac!

  • First, it is good to know that OS X, the heart of our Mac, provides a number of key combinations, depending on the situation, we are in aid in order to capture the best of what we want to save the screen. The image will be saved in PNG (Portable Network Graphics): it is a lossless format, characterized by non-portal to the loss of information. Below, we look at, in a comprehensive way, all those possibilities that are available to us. If we wanted to take a picture of the entire screen, simply run the following combination of keys: Command (⌘) + Shift + 3. If, we wanted to take a picture of part of the screen the key combination is as follows: Command (⌘) + Shift + 4 and later, you have to drag to select the area. When you’re ready to take the picture, simply release the mouse button. If you want to cancel the operation, you can press Esc before releasing the mouse button.
  • You may have the need to save the image of an open window or in the menu bar. In this case the key combination that you have to perform is: Command (⌘) + Shift + 4 and later, you have to press the space bar, move the pointer over the area to highlight it, then click the mouse button. Again, in order to cancel the operation, simply press Esc before releasing the mouse button.
  • All the combinations listed above go to create a PNG file on your desktop, it will have in its name the date and time of the moment when we took the picture. We could have the need to capture the image and save it to go to the clipboard, in order to stick it in the application that interests us. To do this, we will use the Control key in addition to what is stated before. The combination of keys that must be performed are then: Command (⌘) + Control + Shift + 3 to capture the whole screen, Command (⌘) + Control + Shift + 4, and select the area with the mouse to capture only a particular or to save an open window or the menu bar, Command (⌘) + Control + Shift + 4, then press the space bar, move the pointer over the area to highlight it, and click the mouse button. By applying these commands succeed, without any problem, to make the print screen.