For those who are using a Mac running Mac OS Sierra, you may want to know how to use the print screen feature on a Mac or take a screenshot. There are two ways to screenshot or print screen on Mac OS Sierra. You can either take a MacBook screenshot of a specific area or use the print screen feature to get an image of the entire window on your Mac. Both options will create an image of the desired area for a Mac screenshot.
Previous versions of Mac OS Sierra will display your print screen or screenshot as Picture #, so if it’s your fourth screenshot on your computer then it will be labeled as Picture 4 once you have taken a Mac print screen and you need to make the Mac print screen selection for the fourth image. You can use the screenshots in emails or word documents, or even edit your screenshots and upload your screenshots to the web.
Print Screen (full screen):
- Make sure that everything on your screen is what you want captured in the screenshot. If it’s not you can just delete the image, rearrange the screen, and take another picture and it won’t cause any problems, but it will be annoying nonetheless.
- Press Command + Shift + 3 and then release all keys. You’ll hear a noise like a camera going off.
- Now check your desktop and you should see a new .png file that contains the screenshot you just took.
- Open the item or area you’d like to take a screenshot of.
- Press Command + Shift + 4 and then release all keys.
- You will now see that your mouse cursor has turned into crosshairs that you can move around.
- Drag the cursor to the area want to start as one corner of the screenshot. Then press down and drag the mouse over the area you want to take a screenshot of.
- When you have selected the area you want to capture, just release your mouse button. You’ll hear a sound like a camera going off, and the screenshot will be taken.
- Check your desktop, and you’ll find a new .png file of your screenshot.
These steps will work for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, as well as Mac OS Sierra. Once you learn how to take screenshots and use the print screen feature on your Mac, it becomes very easy and useful, and you’ll be doing it all the time. Hopefully the step-by-step instructions above will help you as a guide to Mac print screen selection.