Taking screenshot – the action that all computer users do sometime, I believe. In this post, I list the hotkeys to launch Native Screen capture functions in macOS Sierra and previous versions. Simple and basic function without 3rd party software.
Screenshot Hotkeys in macOS
macOS Sierra and previous version have the native function to take a screenshot. Of course, you don’t need to install any software. Simply launch this function with the keyboard shortcut. Some options including:
– Take a full current screenshot by pressing all three keys: Command+Shift+3 together. You will see the screen flash, hear a camera sound. All done, the current screenshot is captured.
– Take part of your screen by hotkeys: Command+Shift+4. The mouse cursor will turn into a crosshair icon with current mouse coordinate in pixel. Mouse down and drag to select part of your screen which you want to capture. When you drag the mouse, the size of selected region will appear next to the mouse. Release the mouse button and selected part of the screen will be captured and saved as an image.
– Take a screenshot of a specific window by following two steps: Press hotkey Command+Shift+4 as previous option. When the mouse is turned into crosshair icon, press the Spacebar and the mouse will change to a camera icon. Move the camera mouse icon over the window which you want to capture, the window will be highlighted. Just click the mouse and highlighted window will be captured.
– All captured pictures will be saved as .png file in Desktop
– You can’t set the default name of the picture. After capturing, go to the desktop to change the name if you want.
– If you want to save the screenshot to clipboard instead of saving as image file in desktop, simply add Control key when pressing the keyboard shortcut. So the hotkey will be Command+Option+Shift+3 and Command+Option+Shift+4. With these options, you can paste pictured anywhere you want.