Taking a screenshot on a computer can be helpful when you want to remember specific visuals, create digital art, or just making a joke out of something you saw on the Internet. Luckily for MacBook owners, it is easy to snap a screenshot from your desktop page.

Still, for those who may have purchased a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air and are unsure about how to take one, there are easy techniques that might be right below your fingertips.

Q: Help! I need to take a screenshot to reference a video meeting I had. How do you take a screenshot on a MacBook?

A: A few easy keyboard shortcuts will allow anyone to take a screenshot.

Before reading, we should inform you that the steps below apply to MacBooks with OS X and above.

If you are looking to take a quick screenshot, follow the three steps below.

  1. Find the Shift, Command, and Number 3.
  2. Press and hold down on all three to take a screenshot. The screen will become dark quickly, but that is normal.
  3. Your screenshot will be saved on the desktop with the title Screenshot, followed by the date.


What if you don’t want to take a picture of your whole screen, but instead a portion of it? This can also be done through a few additional steps.

  1. Find the Shift, Command, and Number 4.
  2. Press and hold down on all three of them, and then release. This will create a small reticle to allow the user to make a screenshot.
  3. Use your mouse or trackpad and click down, hold it, drag the cursor around the area you want to screenshot.
  4. After selecting the area, release your finger from the mouse or trackpad to take the screenshot.
  5. The screenshot will also be saved to your desktop.

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If a MacBook user wants to take a screenshot of a specific window, here are the following steps to do that.

  1. Hold down Shift, Command, 4 and This will create a new cursor that will allow users to take a screenshot.
  2. With that, drag your cursor across the window you would like to screenshot. It will create a blue shade, which is normal.
  3. Once highlighted blue, click on it.

The next time you are on one of your ubiquitous Zoom or Microsoft Teams video calls and need to visually reference something from your desktop, now you know! And, as the old saying goes, knowing is half the battle!