What is a screenshot? This day and age, you may have heard of the word screenshot. What exactly is a screenshot you might ask? A screenshot or screen capture, is a digital image or picture of the computer monitor, or phone. It is created by pushing a series of buttons on the device you want to capture, in order to take a picture of its screen. Many people take screenshots because the device will not allow them to save individual chosen pictures or to save the work or words on the screen. This action is much easier to do quickly than trying to save all the information on a screen. Also, some screenshots are important when you want to capture the whole screen or send it to another person as it is.
Take Screenshot On A Mac Without Keyboard

How to screenshot on a Mac computer with a keyboard

The Mac operating system has always made it easy for any user to capture a screenshot. Whether it be the whole screen or just part of it. Here is a quick glance of how to screenshot on a Mac with a keyboard. First thing you need to decide is how much of the screen you want captured. If you want to save the whole screen that is captured then you can press Command-Shift-3. The screenshot will be automatically be saved as on your desktop with the filename starting with “Picture” and then a number.  For example: Picture 1 and Picture 2

If you want to just copy the screen in order to paste it into another program like Word or Google Docs, you will need to press Command-Control-Shift-3. The screenshot will be placed onto your digital clipboard for you to paste into another program like PowerPoint, Word, Photoshop, etc.

Now if you want to only take a screenshot of a portion of the screen you will need to press Command-Shift-4. When you press these buttons a cross-hair cursor will appear on the screen. Here you need to click and drag to selected area that you wish to capture. Be sure to keep the mouse button pushed in when dragging the cursor. When you let go of the mouse button, the screenshot will be automatically saved on your desktop just as if you were to save and capture a screenshot.

If you want to copy and paste on a portion of the screenshot, it works about the same. First you press Command-Control-Shift-4 and drag the cursor to capture the piece of screen that you wanted to capture. When you release the mouse button, you can paste the screenshot to another application.

If you want to capture a specific application window then that is only a little different. First you will press and hold the Command-Shift-4 button at the same time, then tap on the Space-bar. The cursor will then look like a camera. You can move the camera cursor around the screen and highlight different parts of the window. Make sure that you click the mouse button when you have the camera over a window you want to capture and the screenshot will be saved on your desktop

How to screenshot on a Mac computer without a keyboard

Here it is explained how you can take a screenshot on mac without using the keyboard. Apple has a great application tool called Grab. This utility can used to get a screenshot, whether you want to capture the whole screen or be given so many seconds to switch from one screen to another in order to capture it. You want to make sure that you know which screen you want to capture so you can time it correctly. First, you will go to the applications on your Mac, next you want to go to your utility folder, the click on Grab. You only need a mouse to help with this, as no keyboard is needed. Then, once you get to Grab's main menu, you will see a tab that says Capture and then Selection. This is the tab you want when you need to select the area which to take a screenshot. If you choose the tab that says "Capture and then Window", you will be able to choose the window you want screenshot. Also, if you prefer a more timed screenshot, you will want to click on Grab, then Capture, and then Timed Screen. This allows for you to have up to ten seconds to adjust the screen to how you need it before capturing it.

After you take the screenshot, you will be asked if you want to save it. When you save it you will be able to change the name of the file or even give it a new name. With the Grab application that apple provides, it allows for the screenshot that is saved to be done so in high resolution and will be saved as a .tiff format. Of course you can change the extension file to make .jpeg or .png if required.

Remember that when you want to take a screenshot, make sure that you know what you are capturing or how you want the screen set up so you can capture the perfect screenshot. Make sure you label them as descriptive as possible so you can find the screenshots that are the most important.


With the help of Mac, users can have all kinds of fun with different screenshots and different ways to capture your screens. Whether it is a whole page, a piece of a page, or you have a keyboard or not, you can now press some buttons or use a utility called Grab to take care of all the screenshots you could possibly want. Remember, you can get creative and make some really creative pieces with screenshots. Don’t let not having a keyboard keep you from capture the screens you find most important!