How to print screen on a mac

In mac OS X, “print screen” is known as screen captures or screenshots. On the keyboard of Mac there is no button as “print screen”, however you can capture the screen by using shortcuts. So instead of the “print screen” button there is a print screen command in Mac Os x. In this tutorial we will show you how to print screen in mac.


Step # 1-Hit command shift 4

First of all, press “Command Shift 4”. Notice how the cursor changes once you hit the keyboard shortcut. Now you can drag your mouse and make a selection on the screen.

Press Command shift 4

Step # 2 – Open the file

Once you release your cursor, the file is automatically saved in your desktop. Open the file and notice that it took a screenshot of everything that came within that selection, including the desktop.

View the file

Step # 3 – Take screenshot of the active window

What if you want to take a screenshot of only a particular window or the desktop? For that we have Active window. The mac print screen command is “Command Shift 4 key”. Press “spacebar” on your keyboard and you will notice that the cursor will change once more. When you move the cursor over the window or the desktop the color changes. This means that a screenshot will be taken of the window which is active before the screenshot is taken.
For example let’s take a screenshot of the window.

Take screenshot of particular window

Step # 4 – Look at the file

Open up the file and you will notice that the background wasn’t captured in this screenshot.
Similarly you can take a screenshot of the desktop as well and this is how you print a screen in mac.

View the file