How to Screenshot on A MacBook Pro, Air & Chromebook

To screenshot on a MacBook Pro & Air, press the ‘Command’, ‘Shift, and ‘3’ buttons together. This combination captures your entire screen. After pressing these buttons, you should hear a photo clicking sound and see a floating thumbnail of your screenshot towards the lower right corner of your screen – almost like it is on an iPhone.

When this thumbnail disappears, it means the image has been saved to your desktop. You can click on the floating thumbnail to edit it, right-click on it to see more options, and swipe to dismiss it. If you wish to copy your screenshot to your clipboard, simply press the ‘Control’ key while taking the screenshot.

Method 2: Use a screenshot tool to Screenshot on A MacBook Pro, Air

Another way to take a screenshot on a MacBook is by using the screenshot tool. This tool can be launched by pressing the ‘Command’, ‘Shift’, and ‘5’ keys together or navigating to Launchpad >> Other >> Screenshot. Once launched, you should see a small bar at the bottom of your screen. The first three icons will screenshot the entire screen, a particular window, and a selected section respectively.

The next two icons are for recording the entire screen and a selected section of it, and after this is the ‘Options’ button that lets you set a timer, choose a location to save your screenshot, or record and adjust some other screenshot options. The ‘X’ button on the left end is for closing the tool and on the right end is the ‘Capture’ button that takes the screenshot.

Follow the steps below to use this screenshot tool:

How to Screenshot on A MacBook Pro, Air & Chromebook
  1. To take a screenshot of the entire screen, tap the first icon after the ‘X’ and then tap the ‘Capture’ button on the right end of the bar
  2. To take a screenshot of a particular window, tap the second icon after the ‘X’. The pointer will become a camera icon, move the icon over your selected window to highlight it and then click to save it
  3. To take a screenshot of a selected portion of the screen, tap the third icon after the ‘X’ or press the ‘Control’, ‘Shift’, and ‘4’ buttons together. The pointer will become a cross-hair, use this cross-hair to make the selection, then release to take the screenshot. The image will then be saved on your desktop
  4. You can also hold down the ‘Spacebar’ button before releasing your mouse or trackpad to change the position of the selected area or hold down the ‘Shift’ button before releasing your mouse or trackpad to adjust the size of the selected area. Move your mouse up and down to adjust the height and left and right for the width
  5. To make a recording of the entire screen, tap the fourth icon after the ‘X’ and then tap ‘Record’ to start and click the ‘Stop’ icon in the macOS menu bar to stop and save the recording
  6. To make a recording of a selected portion of the screen, tap the fifth icon after the ‘X’ and then tap ‘Record’ to start and click the ‘Stop’ icon in the macOS menu bar to stop and save the recording

The screenshot tool comes built into the Mojave update, which was released in 2018. So, as long as you have updated or purchased a MacBook since then, you should have access to the screenshot tool.

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METHOD 3: Use the Touch Bar

For those using a touch bar MacBook, did you know you could take a screenshot of the touch bar? I bet you didn’t. To take a screenshot of the touch bar, simply press the ‘Command’, ‘Shift’ and ‘6’ buttons simultaneously and this will capture what is currently showing on the touch bar, saving it into your desktop.

How To Take Screenshot On Chromebook

To take a screenshot on Chromebook, press the ‘CTRL’ and ‘Show open windows’ buttons together. This combination will take a screenshot of your entire screen. After taking the screenshot, you should see a small thumbnail of your screenshot and options to ‘Copy to clipboard’ or ‘Annotate image’. You can decide to copy the image to your clipboard using the ‘CTRL’ and ‘V’ buttons to paste it anywhere or edit the image however you like. You can also just click the thumbnail to see the screenshot or find the file in your ‘Downloads’ folder.

METHOD 2:

To take a screenshot of a selected section of your screen, press the ‘Shift’, ‘CTRL’, and ‘Show open Windows’ buttons together. After doing this, your pointer will temporarily become a cross-hair. Use this cross-hair to make your selection, then release to capture the image. Like the method above, you will see also see the thumbnail at the lower right side of your screen to copy or edit the image. The image is then saved into your ‘Download’ folder.

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METHOD 3: Use Screen Capture Tool and Chrome

You can also take a screenshot on Chromebook using the screen capture tool or chrome browser. To take a screenshot using the capture tool:

  1. Open the ‘Quick Settings’ panel by clicking on the clock in the taskbar in the bottom right corner
  2. Once opened, expand the panel by tapping the arrow in the top right corner of the window
  3. Then, tap the ‘Screen Capture’ button
  4. The screen capture tool provides the option to capture your entire screen, a selected region, or a selected window, select one of these options to take your screenshot
  5. You can also press the ‘CTRL’, ‘Shift’, and ‘Show open windows’ buttons together and the next window you click on will be captured
  6. After that, you will see the preview thumbnail of your image in the lower right corner of your screen where you can copy, edit or delete the image
  7. It is then saved into your ‘Downloads’ folder

To take a screenshot using chrome browser:

  1. Open Chrome browser
  2. Navigate to Menu >> More tools >> Take screenshot

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METHOD 4: Use Stylus

For Chromebooks that support stylus input, the pen can also be used to take screenshots. Here’s how to do that:

  1. To take a screenshot of your entire screen using the stylus pen, first, pair the pen to your Chromebook
  2. Click the pen icon in your taskbar and select ‘Capture Screen’ from the menu
  3. Your screen will then be captured and you should see the preview thumbnail
  4. To take a screenshot of a selected region of the screen using the stylus pen, select ‘capture region’ instead of ‘Capture Screen’
  5. Then use the pen to make your selection and take the pen off the screen to capture.

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