How to take a screenshot

…on your Mac:

You can take screenshots of your whole screen or just part of it. Screenshots are saved automatically as .png files on your desktop.

Take a screenshot of your whole screen

  1. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-3.
  2. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.


Take a screenshot of part of your screen

  1. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-4. You’ll see that your cursor changes to a crosshair pointer.
  2. Move the crosshair pointer to where you want to start the screenshot.
  3. Drag to select an area. To adjust the area, hold Shift, Option, or the Space bar while you drag.
  4. When you’ve selected the area you want, release your mouse or trackpad button. Or to cancel, press Escape (esc).
  5. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.
In Mac OS X v10.6 and later, the screenshots are saved as .png files on the desktop. They’re automatically named “Screen Shot (date and time).png.” You can open these screenshots with Preview or other image editing apps.

…on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch:

You can capture the screen on your iOS device using the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top or side of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then immediately press and release the Home button. You’ll find the screenshot in your Photos app.


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