6 Mac keyboard shortcuts that will help you get the perfect screenshot

Screenshots help us capture a moment in digital-time, as well as snag “undownloadable” photos.

While you likely learned how to take a screenshot on day one of owning an Apple computer, you might not know there are a bunch of keyboard shortcuts on the Mac that make the task easier.

Learn how to position, fine-tune, and cancel a screenshot below.

Take a screenshot of your whole screen

1. Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 3.

Take a screenshot of part of your screen

1. Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 4. Your cursor turns into a crosshair pointer.

2. Move the crosshair pointer to the position on screen where you want to start the screenshot.

3. Drag to select an area and release the mouse.

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Adjust your screenshot

Hold Shift and drag the crosshair pointer to change the dimensions of the screenshot on one side only.

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Hold Option to enlarge or minimise the screenshot from all four sides equally.

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Hit Escape to stop capturing the screenshot. Your crosshair pointer will disappear.

Take a screenshot of a window

1. Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 4. Your cursor turns into a crosshair pointer.

2. Hit the space bar. The crosshair pointer changes again into a camera pointer.

3. Move the camera pointer anywhere over the window you wish to capture.

4. Click the mouse or trackpad.

Do you have a favourite keyboard shortcut?

Let our resident keyboard-shortcut-enthusiast @meliarobin know on Twitter by using the hashtag #keyboardshortcutoftheweek. We might share yours with our readers!

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