Screenshots are a way to take a picture of what is showing on your computer screen. You can save the image to print or share with someone later.
Note: If your computer screen is cracked, or if your video adapter is causing lines and other display abnormalities, these things will not show up in a screenshot. The screenshots are helpful for capturing images from a working screen.
FULL SCREEN — Shift + Command + 3
When you press and hold the Shift key with the Command key and press the number 3 briefly, this will result in a picture of your entire computer screen being saved to the Desktop.
A typical screenshot image file will have a name like, Screen Shot 2021-12-11 at 16.25.05
Note that the filename may have an extension of PNG, yet it may not be visible.
SELECTED AREA — Shift + Command + 4
You may wish to select a specific area on your screen for a screen capture image. To do this, press and hold the Shift key and the Command key and press the number 4 briefly. This will result in your mouse pointer looking like a plus symbol (+), allowing you to click and drag to draw a box that will define the area of your screenshot. As soon as you lift your mouse button, once the box size and placement are correct, the image will be saved to your desktop.
When using this feature, instead of drawing a box, you can point to a program window, and then press the space bar to select the entire window. Then click your mouse button to save a picture of the program window.
ADVANCED OPTIONS — Shift + Command + 5
For advanced screen capture options, you can press and hold the Shift key and the Command key and press the number 5 briefly. In this mode you can select to create a screen capture of the entire screen, a specific window, or a selected area. There are other options, such as the ability to define where you want the images saved. The default location is to save on your Desktop area, but you could choose another folder location.
iPhone or iPad Screenshots
To learn about screenshots on iPhone or iPad, read “Screenshots and Screen Image Capture for Apple iPhone and iPad.” [View]
Windows Computer Screenshots
To learn about screenshots on Windows computers, read “Screenshots and Screen Image Capture for Windows Computers.” [View]