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How to Take a Screenshot on your Mac [VIDEO]

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Apple Support’s new YouTube channel continues to churn out new video tutorials, with the latest detailing how to take a screenshot on your Mac with simple keyboard shortcuts. Last week it shared how to sign a document on iPhone or iPad.

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Check out the video below to see how to take a screenshot on your Mac

There’s also an accompanying article from Apple here, which details more on taking screenshots with your Mac.

Change your screenshot directory on your Mac

But more importantly, it’s also best to change the location of where your screenshots are saved, so your desktop doesn’t become a minefield of scattered images. These steps take some more ‘work’, but here’s how to do it:

1. Launch the Terminal app on your Mac (search for it)

2. Type the following command (replace the directory with your own):

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop/MyScreenshots

3. Hit Enter on your keyboard, then type:

killall SystemUIServer

4. Hit Enter on your keyboard again and you’re done.

Now, your screenshots should be saved to the directory on your Mac you specified.

Use Dropbox to save and share your screenshots

Want to get a shareable link with your screenshots? Utilize the Dropbox feature to share and save screenshots instead. Every time you take a screenshot, a shareable link will be automatically copied to your clipboard.

Here’s how to set this up:

1. Sign up for Dropbox here and download and install the Mac app.

2. Take a screenshot on your Mac by press Command-Shift-3 for a full screen snap or Command-Shift-4 to capture part of a screen.

The first time you try to take a screenshot, Dropbox will prompt you if you want to save screenshots to the service. Click yes when it asks ‘Save Screenshots to Dropbox’.

You can disable this by going to Dropbox preferences on your Mac, then clicking the Import tab and unchecking the box, ‘Share screenshots using Dropbox.’

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Let us know you’re doing with your Mac screenshots in the comments below!

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  • MathieuM

    Another useful way to take a screenshot of just a specific program/window is to do the Command-Shift-4, let go of all keys, then press and release the Spacebar. You can now click on a single window and it will automatically have a screenshot of just that window (limited to its bounds). Easier than taking the entire screen, then cropping; easier than trying to select exactly what you want with the mouse when you want exactly one window.

  • DP

    That’s exactly what the video said.

  • DP

    I still haven’t remembered these key combinations (just use Snag-It). I can’t believe there isn’t an easier way to do this like there is on Windows.

  • MathieuM

    Ah, thanks for the heads-up! I’ll leave my comment up as a TL;DW for those like me who don’t watch the video and just read the text of the article. Cheers!

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