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How to take a screenshot on your Mac

Macs have built-in functionality to take screenshots easily.

Take a screenshot of your whole screen

command ⌘ + shift + 3

Take a screenshot of a part of your screen

command ⌘ + shift + 4

Your pointer will change to a crosshairs pointer. Click and drag the area you want to screenshot

Take a screenshot of a window

command ⌘ + shift + 4

- Press the spacebar, the pointer will turn into a camera icon
- Move the camera pointer over the window to highlight
- Click to take screenshot, esc to cancel

Change the location where screenshots are saved

\By default, your screenshots are saved to your desktop. I, for one, hate a messy desktop, so I won't want all my screenshots saved here

To change the default location where screenshots are saved:
  1. Create a new folder where you'll be storing your Screenshots. In my case, I made a new Screenshots folder in my Documents folder
  2. Open Terminal
  3. Type the following (where ~/Documents/Screenshots is the where you want your screenshots to be saved moving forward):

    defaults write location ~/Documents/Screenshots

  4. Apply your changes by typing:

    killall SystemUIServer
That's it! Take another screenshot and test it out


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