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How do I Print Screen on a MacBook Pro?

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tip

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

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A writer from Chicago, K.C. Winslow has been publishing articles relating to health, beauty, travel, crafts, education, Macintosh computers and technology since 2000. She holds a Master of Arts degree in writing from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she lived for several years.