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How do I capture a screenshot using a Mac?

You can easily take a picture of the screen on your Mac by holding down these three keys on the keyboard:

Shift + Command (cmd) + 3

This will automatically save a picture to the desktop which you can then open and edit later. If you want to capture a smaller section of the screen, try:

Shift + Command (cmd) + 4

This gives you a screen capture cursor on the screen which you can click and drag to cover a specific area.

For more details, see the Take a screenshot on your Mac guide on the Apple web site.

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Created by David Guest on 19 July 2012 and last updated by Mark Wilson on 8 August 2016