How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Navigate to Launchpad > Other > Screenshot to launch the screenshot tool.

You’ll be provided with a toolbar that provides five different types of screenshots (what Mac users call “captures”). You’ll have options to:

  • Capture the entire screen
  • Capture selected window
  • Capture selected portion
  • Record entire screen
  • Record selected portion

The last two options are particularly helpful for Cognella Active Learning demonstrations, if you plan to have an online, interactive component paired with your textbook.

As a shortcut, you can launch this toolbar on your Mac by clicking Command + Shift + 5 simultaneously. 

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How to Take an Instant Capture on a Mac

Similar to the Windows Print Screen button, you can use Command + Shift + Control + 3 to capture the entire screen, or Command + Shift + Control + 4 for a more precise area of the screen. The image won’t save to the computer, but it can be pasted into an app.

Unsure of next steps or have additional questions? Ask your project editor!