How to Take a Screenshot on a MacBook Pro – Overview
The screenshot capturing feature on MacBooks is a great way to save pages on your PC.
Therefore rather than save a link to a website, you can take a photo of it and save it, allowing you to see it exactly as it was when you took it.
For instance, you can take a screenshot when you’ve bought something online and want to keep a record of the purchase info.
You can also take screenshots just to recall items you’ve shopped for on your MacBook or send a friend something you’ve discovered.
In addition, you can take a screenshot of some info to post on social media. You can also capture screenshots to demonstrate an issue or problem on your MacBook.
On macOS, it’s easy to capture screenshots, crop them and save them to Finder on your Mac. This allows you to access the screenshots easily and quickly.
The screenshot tool on macOS has always been easy to use but somewhat basic.
However, since the release of macOS Mojave, macOS has an in-built screenshot tool similar to what you find in Windows OS; allowing you to capture screenshots with one click.
That said; let’s look at the various ways of taking screenshots on a MacBook, including how to crop them.
Take a Screenshot of the Entire Screen
- You can take a screenshot of your whole screen by clicking on the ‘Capture Entire Screen’ button in the screengrab toolbar and then pressing ‘Capture.’
- Otherwise, click on Shift + Command + 3 to capture the entire screen.
Take a Screenshot of a Specific Part of the Screen
- To capture a certain section of your screen, click on the ‘Capture Selected Window’ button in the screengrab toolbar or click on Shift + Command + 4.
- At this point, the pointer will turn into a cross-hair, and you can hover it on your screen so that it covers the section you want to capture. By pressing and holding Option, Shift, or Space Bar, you can adjust the position, shape, and size of the selected area.
Take a Screenshot of a Menu or Window
- To capture a screenshot of a certain menu or window, click on Shift + Command + 5 and click on the ‘Capture Selected Window’ option in the screengrab toolbar.
- The mouse pointer will turn into a camera icon which you can hover over a window to highlight and then click to save the photo. In addition, you can switch back and forth between taking a custom shot and grabbing a specific menu by pressing the space bar.
Take a Screenshot of the Touch Bar
- Not all MacBooks have a Touch Bar, but if yours has one, you can take a screenshot of it.
- If there’s something on the Touch Bar that you’d like to share with others, you can capture a screenshot by clicking on Shift + Command + 6.
- This action will instantaneously capture everything on the Touch Bar.
How to Crop a Screenshot on a MacBook Pro
There are several ways to crop a screenshot. You can take the screenshot on the dimensions you need, but if you’d like to refine it afterward, here’s what you can do:
- Click on the ‘Crop’ icon. A button labeled ‘Crop’ and white corners in the edges of the image will show up. You can drag the edges if the screenshot doesn’t please you.
- Once you are okay with your crop, click ‘Crop.’
Where Are Screenshots Saved On A MacBook?
By default, MacBook screenshots are saved to the desktop. However, if macOS Mojave or later, you can pick various folders where you’d like screenshots to be saved.
If you were to utilize an application such as Grab to take screenshots on a MacBook, they might end up elsewhere. This application is likely to save the screenshot to your documents folder, and if you don’t change the name, the screenshot will be saved as ‘Untitled.’
Therefore it’s possible to change where screenshots are saved on macOS Mojave or later:
- Start by pressing and holding down Shift + Command + 5.
- Next click on ‘Options.’
- At this point, find the location you want to save the screenshot in the ‘Save to’ section.
- Otherwise, if you’d like to save the image elsewhere, click on ‘Other Location.’
As you can see from the illustration above, capturing screenshots on a MacBook isn’t that difficult. It has gotten easier than ever thanks to the inclusion of a dedicated MacBook screenshot and video capture menu in macOS.