How to Take a Screen Shot With a MacBook

by Benjamin Aries Google

    A screen shot is an image of the computer display that can be saved or shared. This type of image can be useful for showing another user how to accomplish a task or for documenting something that is visible on the screen. There are two general ways of capturing a screen shot on an Apple MacBook. The first method uses the Grab utility, which is included with the operating system. The second method relies on simple keyboard shortcuts.

    Using Grab

    Step 1

    Launch the "Grab" program found in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder.

    Step 2

    Choose the "Selection" command from the Capture menu to save a specific area of the screen. Click and drag the selection box to form a rectangle around the desired screen area. Release the mouse cursor to capture the image.

    Step 3

    Click "Window" or "Screen" in the Capture menu to take a large screen shot. "Window" captures any window that you choose, while "Screen" saves a snapshot of the entire display.

    Step 4

    Press "Timed Screen" to set a time delay before the screen shat is captured. Use this option if you wish to perform a task, such as opening a menu, before capturing the screen shot.

    Step 5

    Click "Edit" and choose "Inspector" to view information about the screen capture. Select "File" and "Save" to store the current image on the computer.

    Using Keyboard Shortcuts

    Step 1

    Press the keyboard shortcut "Command-Shift-3" to capture a screen shot of the entire screen. The image is automatically saved to the clipboard.

    Step 2

    Use the keyboard combination "Command-Shift-4" to capture a specific area of the screen. Click and drag the selection box over the desired area. Release the mouse cursor to capture the image.

    Step 3

    Press the keyboard shortcut "Command-Shift-4-Spacebar" to create a screen shot of an entire window. Click the window you want to capture.

    About the Author

    Benjamin Aries has been involved in digital media for much of his life and began writing professionally in 2009. He has lived in several different states and countries, and currently writes while exploring different parts of the world. Aries specializes in technical subjects. He attended Florida State University.

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