How to Print Screen on a Mac

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  1. DownloadInstall the screenshot app
  2. Take a screenshot
  3. Edit and save the file

How to Do a Print Screen on a Mac

Grabbing a screenshot is one of the easiest ways to share information with your colleagues or friends. But in 90% of cases it’s not enough just to print screen MacBook windows – we need to edit the screenshots to highlight the important parts. Apple doesn’t provide this function on their laptops. It’s the same for all types – MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac OS, or any other Macintosh.

Another problem that people can face is when the print screen Mac keyboard doesn’t work in the expected way. This can happen because of incorrect settings for the keyboard shortcut.

If you want to get a high-quality screenshot, edit it, and avoid any difficulties with using the Mac print screen command, try Movavi Screen Recorder.

The advantages of Movavi Screen Recorder:

  • Can grab from the screen at multiple sizes: the entire page, a specific part of the screen, or the open window
  • Provides simple editing tools that you can use to adjust the screen capture even before saving
  • Captures the screen during recording
  • Works on any version of the Mac computer
  • Saves the image in high quality

Let’s explore how to do a print screen on a Mac in a few steps.

  • Step 1. Install the Screenshot Program

    DownloadDownload Movavi Screen Recorder and install it on your Mac.

  • Step 2. Take a Screenshot

    If you’re used to hotkeys, press ⌥⌘3 to grab the screen. For mouse users, there’s a Screenshot button on the recording panel.

    After launching the screenshot tool, you’ll need to resize the capture frame you see on your screen. Stretch the frame with the cursor to make a selection of the capture area.

  • Step 3. Edit the Image and Save It

    When the preview window appears, you'll see the Editing Panel; this lets you make some adjustments, such as cropping the screenshot or adding symbols.

    Save the file by clicking the Save button.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

Movavi Screen Recorder for Mac

  • Capture video from your computer screen
  • Grab sound from multiple sources
  • Use the simple editing tools to make your recording perfect
  • Save videos in any popular format

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

Mac Print Screen Shortcut

Some people still prefer to rely on the Mac print screen shortcut. If you’re one of them, here’s the information on how to print screen on a Mac for free.

  • Press Command + Shift + 3 to capture the entire page.
  • Press Command + Shift + 4 to select the capture area and take a screenshot.

Your screen captures will be saved on your laptop. If you want to save the file to the clipboard, add the Control button to the shortcut.

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