Tutorial: Taking screenshots on macOS
This short tutorial will guide you through the several options when you have to take a screenshot in macOS.
Fortunately you don’t have to install any third-party applications to take screenshots: macOS already provides all the tools you need, and those are keyboard shortcuts.
cmd + shift + 3
This is the one to create a file containing everything visible on your current screen. By default this image will be saved to your Desktop (~/Desktop) as a .png file.
If, for example, you simply want a screenshot to add to an email, you may also use the following command, which will save the screenshot to your clipboard:
cmd + control + shift + 3
So now you’re able to take screenshots of the whole screen, but quite often all you need is an image of an applications window, or maybe just a snippet of some settings dialogue.
cmd + shift + 4
Here you go: this shortcut enables you to simply click and drag around the area of the screen you want captured. If it is the window of an entire application you want, simply press space after cmd + shift + 4. This lets you click on the window you need and that’s it.
In most cases these four shortcuts will suffice, but if you need more options, try the Grab.app in your /Applications/Utilities folder, which for example also lets you take timed screenshots.