Either you want to discuss something with your team, give a tutorial guide on a process, or just toss some gossip around a conversation you had with someone, screenshots are the best way to do all that.
And when you quickly want to take and share screenshots, the best way to do so is through keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts add a lot to your productivity, but only if you know which ones to use to do what.
So, for all those who’re looking to take screenshot or printscreen in either macOS or Windows, here are the screenshot keyboard shortcuts that you’re looking for. Let’s dive right into it.
Windows natively allows you to capture the entire screen or the active screen without the help of third-party software. Here’s how you do it.
As compared to Windows, macOS offers more options when it comes to screen-capturing. With macOS, you can capture the entire screen, the active screen, or any pre-determined region.
Press Command + Shift + 3 to capture screenshot of the entire screen. The screenshot you’ll take will be saved on your desktop.
Press Command + Shift + 4 and your cursor will turn from arrow to crosshair. Move and drag the crosshair cursor on the region you want to take screenshot of and it will be saved on your desktop.
Note: You can hold Shift or Option key while dragging to change how you make the selection.
Press Command + Shift + 4, then press the Space key. This will turn your cursor from crosshair to camera icon. Now move your cursor to any window you wish to take the screenshot of and click once. The screenshot will be saved on your desktop.
If you own one of the newest MacBook Pro and want to take a screenshot of it’s Touch Bar, then press Command + Shift + 6.
Note: By default, all these four methods mentioned above will save your screenshots in the .PNG format on your desktop. If you want to alter the default file format or change the default location where your secreenshot gets saved, read the next section.
If you take screenshots frequently or in great numbers and don’t want these images to flood your desktop, then macOS allows you to save them in a specific folder at another location.
Here’s how to do it:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/hongkiat/Documents/Screenshots
If you prefer to keep your screenshots on the clipboard so you can paste them elsewhere (for instance, Photoshop), add the Control key to your keyboard shortcut.
This is how your new commands would look like:
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