How to take screen shots on a MAC

Apple has made taking screenshots relatively simple and user-friendly on each of  their devices. Why thank you, Apple.

On a MAC computer, you have two different options to take a screen shot.

1) Screen Shot the ENTIRE Screen
To screen shot your entire screen, simply press command+shift+3 on your key board, at the same time.


By pressing these 3 keys simultaneously, it will automatically take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it to your desktop as a PNG file. The screen shot will also automatically title itself as:
“Screen Shot Year-Month-Day @ Hour.Minute.Second“.

For example, if I were to take a screen shot right now, the title would be as follows:
Screen Shot 2017-12-13 at 1.44.11 PM

Screen Shot 2017-12-13 at 1.45.53 PM.png

You can easily rename the title of your screen shot by right clicking the image, and selecting “rename” from the drop down menu.

Screen Shot 2017-12-13 at 1.50.38 PM.png

You will then be prompted to type in the new title.

Screen Shot 2017-12-13 at 1.51.06 PM.png

2) Screen Shot a Selected Area of the Screen
If you only want to screen shot a certain area of your screen, press command+shift+4 on your key board at the same time.


By pressing these 3 keys simultaneously, a small cursor will appear on your screen. This cursor gives you the ability to screen shot a specific area of your choice. All you have to do is move the cursor to the area you want, and drag it outwards. When dragging out, the cursor will create a rectangular/square shaped, grey highlighted area. It is important not to release your fingers from the trackpad/mouse before you’ve highlighted the entire area. Once you’ve highlighted the entire area you want to screen shot with grey, let go of the trackpad/mouse, and it will take the screen shot, saving it to your desktop.

See below for video tutorial.