How to Take a Screenshot of Your Mac OS X Desktop

Some switchers from Windows are probably wondering where to Print Screen button is on the Mac keyboard. That’s a button on the left-hand side of the keyboard used to take screenshots in Windows. In case you’re wondering, on the older DOS system, the Print Screen button will print the text on your screen.

But how do you take a screenshot if you are using Mac OS X? More after the jump.

Taking screenshots in Mac OX can be done using a keyboard shortcut.

On Mac OS X, taking screenshots is quick and easy. Taking a screenshot of your entire desktop is a matter of using a keyboard shortcut.

How to take a screenshot of the whole screen in Mac OS X

  • Command + Shift + 3

You will hear a shutter sound and the image will appear automatically on your desktop. The image saved on your desktop will be in PNG format and will be named something like “Screen Shot 2012-01-19 at 9.25.45 AM.”

Double clicking on the image will open it in Preview.

This helpful keyboard shortcut works on Mac OS X Lion as well as on older systems. Using Command + Shift + 3, you can take screenshots of the desktop in Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, Jaguar, and Panther. Older Mac OSs, though, will save your screenshot in different file formats and will be using different naming systems.

And that’s it. Let me know in the comments section if this post was helpful to you.

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