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How to printer screen on a Mac - answering your questions

"Printing the screen", commonly known as taking a screenshot, is a straightforward process on a Mac. MacOS offers several methods to capture your screen, whether you need the entire screen, a specific window, or just a portion of it. Here's a step by step guide:

Capturing the Entire Screen
1. Press `Shift + Command + 3`: This key combination will capture the entire screen.
2. Find the Screenshot: After pressing these keys, you'll hear a camera shutter sound (if your sound is on), indicating that the screenshot has been taken. The screenshot will automatically be saved to your desktop by default, as a `.png` file.

Capturing a Portion of the Screen
1. Press `Shift + Command + 4`: This turns your cursor into a crosshair.
2. Select the Area: Click and drag to select the area of the screen you want to capture. Release the mouse button or trackpad to take the screenshot.
3. Locating the Screenshot: Like the full-screen capture, the file will be saved automatically to your desktop.

Capturing a Specific Window
1. Press `Shift + Command + 4`, then release these keys.
2. Press the Spacebar: The cursor will change to a camera icon.
3. Select the Window: Move the camera icon over the window you want to capture. The window will be highlighted. Click to take the screenshot.
4. Accessing the Screenshot: The image will be saved on your desktop.

Using Screenshot Utility
MacOS Mojave and later versions come with a Screenshot utility that offers more options.
1. Press `Shift + Command + 5` to open the Screenshot utility.
2. Choose Your Screenshot Type: You'll see options for capturing the entire screen, a window, or a selected portion of the screen. There are also options to record your screen.
3. Take the Screenshot: Click on one of the options and follow the prompts.
4. Editing and Saving: After capturing, a thumbnail appears in the corner of your screen. Click it to edit the screenshot or wait for it to save automatically to your desktop.

Saving Screenshots to Clipboard
- To save any of the above screenshots to your clipboard instead of as a file, add the `Control` key to any of the combinations. For example, `Control + Shift + Command + 3` captures the entire screen and saves it to the clipboard. You can then paste it into a document or image editor.

Additional Tips
- Change Default Save Location: If you don't want your screenshots to clutter your desktop, you can change the default save location using the Screenshot utility or Terminal commands.
- Editing Screenshots: Use Preview or any image editing software to edit your screenshots.
- File Format: Screenshots are saved in `.png` format by default, but this can be changed using Terminal commands.

About William Elward

Founder of Castle Ink, William Elward has 20 years experience in the printer industry. He's been featured on CNN Money, Yahoo, PC World, Computer World, and other top publications and frequently blogs about printers and ink cartridges. He's an expert at diagnosing printer issues and has published guides to fixing common printer issues across the internet. A graduate of Bryant University and Columbia's Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program, he's held various leadership positions at The College Board, Bankrate, Zocdoc, and Everyday Health. Follow him on Twitter at William Elward's Twitter Profile