Tuesday, December 7, 2021

How to Screenshot on Macbook Pro

Taking a screenshot is always beneficial, and with MacBook pro, high-quality snap can be easily taken and shared. If you want to show someone something on your display or capture any website page, take a snap as it's handy.

But Apple does not make it so obvious how to take a snap. But there are many ways to do so given by the company.

In this article, we are going to discuss how to screenshot a MacBook Pro. So read the article till the end.

Without any further due. Let's begin.

How to take a screenshot on a MacBook Pro, the right and quick way?

  • Hold down: Command key & Shift key
  • And tap on the number 3 key

After this, your entire screen, which is captured, is shown on the monitor's bottom right side. Then it got saved on the desktop.

You can edit the image you screenshot both at the time when it displays on the bottom right corner or anytime by just selecting and tapping on Spacebar.

For editing tools, click on the marker pen icon. You will be able to see various tools of editing, including crop and markup, etc.

How to take a screenshot of part of a MacBook Pro screen?

It's in your hand to take a snap of any selective window or one section of the screen.

  • Hold down: Command key & Shift key
  • And tap the number 4

All steps are the same except the number 4 key. After doing so, your cursor will turn into a crosshair, and now you can drag it and select which you want to grab.

After letting go of the mouse, the snap is done.

How to take a snap of a single window on a MacBook Pro screen

For this, here are the significant steps which you need to follow:

  • Hold down:Command key & Sift key
  • Tap the number 4 key
  • Move the cursor over a window.
  • Tap on the Spacebar
  •   Now click when you are set.

How to take a screenshot of a single window on a MacBook Pro screen on a timer?

It means a snap can only be taken when you click. In the other case, it happens instantly. You can use a timer to snap to be ready or select a particular area, arrange the window, etc.

In other ways, number 3 and 4 keys are used. Here we are going to make use of the number 5 key.

  • Hold down: Command key & Shift key
  • Tap the number 5 key

In this case, a control strip appears on the screen. This control strip contains start-off buttons, keystrokes like grabbing any portion of the complete screen. Also, you can take a video of the screen rather than an image.

Apart from it, Options control is also there.

Here you are provided options like taking a snap instantly, after 5 seconds or 10 seconds.

Command, Shift, Number 3, 4, and 5 keys are the most effective for speed and convenience.

Where to find screenshots

Screenshots are by default saved to the desktop with the naming, " screenshot [date] at [time].png." You can easily change the location of the snaps just by going to the options menu in the screenshot app or by dragging the thumbnail to the desired folder.

Change snapshot default to JPG

As we discussed above, the snap gets saved to the desktop by default but as PNG files. It tends to be larger files. To change it into smaller files or JPG, follow these quick steps:

  • Open the terminal app
  • Enter " defaults write com. apple. screencapture type JPG."
  • And, press enter

Advanced Snapshots Options on Mac with third-party Apps

We recommend CleanShot X as it's the most powerful snapshot app for Mac. This app offers over 50 features to capture an amazing snap of your screen. But this application is not for free, and you need to get a subscription starting from $29 for a single mac, including an annual update.

Here is what is included in the app:

  • Annotations
  • Self-timer
  • Capture complete screen, a particular section of the window
  • Compatible with PixelSnap
  • Custom snap backgrounds
  • Freeze screen
  • Excellent screen recording
  • Custom branding and domain
  • Tags
  • Team management and much more.

Some other third-party options are also there:

  • Snagit
  • Monosnap


In this article, we have discussed four ways to screenshot your screen. It's possible to take a snap of a particular window or section or entire screen in a few steps discussed above. You can also take video instead of image capturing. And a timer option is also there. So we hope now you find it easy to capture full and high-quality snaps by using keystrokes like shift, command, or number keys.

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