While Mac computers can be very easy to use, there are some functions that are a lot different from PCs. One function that is different from traditional PCs is the print screen process. Whether you want to print screen the whole screen, or only a portion of screen, this article will provide you with directions on how to print screen on Mac computers.
How to Print Screen on Mac – Whole Screen
When looking to print screen Mac users can follow a few simple steps, which will allow them to print the entire screen.
Step 1 – Hold down the command key once you know what you want to print. This is also called the Open Apple key, shift, and press 3. It will automatically take a screen shot of the screen.
Step 2 – Once the screen shot of the screen is taken, the Mac computer will automatically place the screen shot into a .JPG file and the file will be saved to your desktop.
Step 3 – Open up the .JPG file.
Step 4 – At the top of the screen, pull down the file window and select print. You will then be prompted to approve the print job. Be sure to select the appropriate print options, including color.
How to Print Screen on Mac – Only a Portion of Screen
This section will show you how to print screen on Mac if you want to print only a part of the screen. Following a few easy steps can do this process.
Step 1 – Hold down the command button, shift, and 4, once you have identified what you would like to print.
Step 2 – The mouse cursor on the screen will change to look like a circle. Go to the top left corner of what you would like to print. Click down on the mouse. Then drag to the bottom right hand corner.
Step 3 – Once you have done this, the Mac computer will automatically place the desired section of the screen shot into a .JPG file and the file will be saved to your desktop.
Step 4 – Go to your desktop and open the .JPG file.
Step 5 – At the top of the screen, open up the file menu and select print. This will give you a few different style options. Once you have made the final selections, choose to print and the image should be sent to your printer.
As you can see, it is easy to print screen on a Mac. Read these step-by-step instructions on how to either print the whole screen, or just a limited part. You can also take a look at other Mac posts, such as How to right click on a Mac, or How to clear cookies on Mac.