How do I Print Screen on a MacBook Pro?

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How do I Print Screen on a MacBook Pro?
Windows users are often confused as to the location of the "Print Screen" function on a MacBook Pro. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The "Print Screen" key on the keyboard that Windows users know and love doesn't exist on the keyboard of a MacBook Pro. However, using a keyboard shortcut, MacBook Pro users can copy the whole screen, a selected area of the screen or a particular window on the screen. In addition to saving an image of the screen to the clipboard, the Mac operating system also gives users the option of saving it as a file on the desktop.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Press "Control," "Command," "Shift" and "3" to send an image of the whole screen to the clipboard. Press "Command," "Shift" and "3" to save a .jpg of the whole screen to the desktop.

  2. 2

    Press "Control," "Command," "Shift" and "4" to bring up a selection cursor. Drag the cursor to make a shaded rectangle that covers the area you want to save to the clipboard. Press "Command," "Shift" and "4" to bring up a selection cursor. Drag the cursor to make a shaded rectangle that covers the area you want to save as .jpg on the desktop.

  3. 3

    Press "Control," "Command," "Shift," "4" and press the spacebar to send an image of the topmost window to the clipboard. Press "Command," "Shift," "4" and press the spacebar to save a .jpg of the topmost window on the desktop.

Tips and warnings

  • Press "Command" and "V" to paste the image saved on the clipboard into a document or application.

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