How to Screenshot a Page on Mac:
The Ultimate Guide

Mac computers are famous for their easy-to-use operating systems and their unique user experience. One of the most outstanding features of Mac OS X is the efficiency of taking a quick screenshot.

A screenshot is one of the favorite features for Mac users because it enables them to capture whatever is on their screens with just a touch of a few buttons. Read along to find out the various shortcuts you can use to capture an image of your desktop.

How to screenshot a page on Mac

  1. Long press Command, Shift, and 3.
  2. A thumbnail will appear at the corner of your window. Right click it to edit the captured image to save. If you prefer not to manually save the image, you can find the screenshot saved on your desktop.

How to take a screenshot of a portion of the screen on Mac

  1. Long press Shift, Command, and 4.
  2. This will bring a cross-hair cursor. Select the part of the screen you wish to capture by dragging the cross-hair. Long pressing the Space bar as you drag will help you move the selection. Use the Escape key to opt out of the process.
  3. To capture the screenshot, gently release your mouse.
  4. Click on the thumbnail at the corner of your window to take the screenshot or wait for it to automatically save to your desktop as a PNG file.

How to screenshot a whole page on Mac

  1. First, display the menu or window you wish to capture.
  2. Long press Space bar, 4, Shift and Command. The pointer will transition to a camera icon. Press Escape if you wish to cancel.
  3. Select the menu or window to capture it by clicking on either. If you do not want the shadow of your window to appear on your screenshot, long press the option key as you click.
  4. Once you see the thumbnail at the end of your window, click to edit the screenshot or wait for it to save itself to your computer desktop.

Where to find the saved screenshots

All screenshots are automatically saved to your computer desktop by the date and time the screenshot was taken. For MacOS Mojave or later, the default location of the saved screenshot can be changed from the Screenshot app's Option menu. Alternatively, you can drag the thumbnail to a document or folder of your choosing.

Additional bonus for Touch Bar MacBook

There is an added advantage for owners of 16-inch MacBook Pro or alternative models with the Touch Bar. You can now easily take a screenshot of what is currently showing on your Touch Bar. You can achieve this by hitting a combination of Command-Shift-6.

How to screenshot a page using Parallels Toolbox

The Screenshot Page tool is one of the new features in the Parallels Toolbox for Mac. Using the tool, you can create screenshots of web pages, even very long ones. Users of Parallel Desktop have additional tools, including screenshot tools built into the OS. These tools got a major upgrade in macOS Mojave. Pressing a combination of Shift, Command, and 5 displays all screenshot tools in macOS Mojave and Catalina.

You can decide to take a screenshot of a single window, the full screen, a part of the screen, or take a screen recording. The tools put together a file, which is automatically placed on the desktop.


While the above keyboard shortcut used to take screenshots may seem straightforward for your Mac, it is worth noting that each approach captures different areas of your screen. Therefore, if your workflow expects you to take regular screenshots of your Mac Pro or MacBook, you will need to be very conversant with all keyboard shortcuts.