MacBooks are the perfect gadgets to handle every day-to-day task. With a sleek and shiny outer body, the device gives off a very classy look. But when it comes to MacBook, rarely anyone buys it for the sophisticated look and vibes that it gives off. Instead, the device consists of one of the best-operating systems. People using MacBook’s often boast that their OS is less prone to getting any viruses on their devices. The battery timings of a MacBook device are off the charts adding another attraction to the list of MacBook benefits. MacBook devices have hundreds of unique features that make the devices stand amongst all competitor devices. People switching over from Windows or other devices can have a bit of an issue figuring out how to perform different operations.

Most of the time, when you are working on a particular thing, you have to take screenshots of your laptop screen and share them with your teammates or colleagues. Figuring out this kind of thing, i.e., taking a MacBook screenshot, is not a difficult job. But other users like me who are a bit technology shy can face a lot of confusion and difficulty, especially if they are switching from another OS. In this guide, I will discuss how to take a screenshot of your MacBook. So, if you are new to using MacBooks and cannot figure out how to do the deed, you have come to the right place. Without further delay, let us dive right into the process. 

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How to Take a Screenshot on a MacBook – Details

There are many different ways to take a screenshot on a MacBook. Don’t be scared! All of them are pretty straightforward and require you to operate the keyboard properly. To give you as many options as possible, we will discuss four different ways of accomplishing this task.

Using Shift and 3 Button

This is the most straightforward method of taking a screenshot of a MacBook screen. All you have to do is press the command and shift the 3 buttons simultaneously on the keyboard. As soon as you do that, you will capture a screenshot of the whole screen. This is an efficient and instant method. If you are in a hurry and need a quick solution, this method is perfect for you!

Using Shift and 4 Button

Sometimes, you do not need to capture the whole screen. You may want to share a particular portion of the content on your display. To quickly overcome this hurdle, you can follow the below-mentioned steps.

  1. Press the buttons of command, shift, and 4.
  2. A crosshair icon will pop up.
  3. Drag the mouse to move the crosshair on that portion of the screen you want to take a screenshot of.
  4. As soon as you stop dragging the mouse, a screenshot is captured.

There are a variety of things that you can do by using this command. As soon as you press all these three keys, you must press the spacebar button immediately and release it. By doing so, the following two things will happen:

Tiny Camera Icon

The crosshair will turn into a tiny camera icon. Move this camera icon on any of the open windows on your screen. Click on the desired window with the icon to take a screenshot. The image extracted from this screenshot will not be as smooth. This is because it will have white borders around the image, and at the same time, its background will be slightly blurry, or to put it precisely, it will have a drop shadow.

Lock Image Shape and Size

To accomplish this, you must press and release the spacebar button. At the same time, you drag the mouse to the desired highlighted region of your screen. Keep in mind that this functionality will fail to happen if you let go of the mousepad before pressing and releasing the spacebar. This functionality helps you locate the screen in its place, and the screenshot is captured of the desired area and size. You can easily reposition it on the screen despite having it locked. If you want to add or remove a little bit of the remaining screen to your image, this method is the perfect tool.

No doubt that this process seems a little complicated, but you do not need to worry. After practicing this whole process two or three times, you will start taking proper screenshots within no time.

Shift Key

The whole process is the same: you must press the command, shift, and 4 buttons at the same time. But now, instead of pressing and releasing the spacebar, you must press the shift key. Keep in mind that you have to drag the mouse to the screen’s desired region without removing the click. Hold down the shift key to capture your screen in a particular position. After doing so, you will lock each side of the selected area apart from the bottom area. This gives you the freedom to move your mouse around.

To handle and reposition the image’s right side, you cannot release the mouse; keep dragging it. Instead, release the shift button and then press it one more time to fix the edges on the right of your selection.

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Using Shift and 5 Button

This command works on all those MacBook devices launched after 2018, that is, macOS Mojave. It reduces the complication of all the previous methods for screenshots. As soon as you hit all these three buttons together, a small panel pops up at the bottom of your screen. This panel consists of all the options for taking a screenshot.

You can either capture the whole screen or a single window, or even a specific portion of the screen. This feature takes the screenshot game on another level. The panel not only lets you capture your screen but also helps in recording it. There are two recording buttons present on it. You can either record the whole screen or a single portion of the screen.

There is an Options button as well on the panel on the right side. Through this option, you can choose the folder where you want your screenshot or screen recording stored. You may get the board out of the way by simply dragging it out of your way onto any other portion of the screen. Want to exit the panel? No problem! You can either hit the X button on the left or simply press the Escape button.


Technology is no rocket science. Similarly, the process of taking a screenshot on a MacBook is relatively easy. There is no doubt that it may seem a little complicated initially, but after performing the whole process a few times, you can get the hang of it. Even though the Shift-5 button may seem like the most straightforward version of taking a screenshot, old users of MacBook find it a little more complicated. They tend to use the older versions of taking screenshots instead. But over time, this command is becoming popular and regularly used by MacBook device users worldwide. If you are new to the world of screenshots in MacBook, don’t panic. Follow our guide and you’ll get there eventually.