How to Do a Screen Capture on Your Mac

Last week in the Build Your Own Webinar course that I’m teaching we were talking about the various ways to make your slides and handouts engaging. If you are demonstrating something technical, one of the ways to show people what you mean is to include a screen capture from your computer.

There are a number of Mac users in the course and one of them asked how to do a screen capture (also called a “screen shot”).

So, Jennifer, this one is for you.


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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.

4 Responses to How to Do a Screen Capture on Your Mac

  1. Roger says:

    Great video! Thanks for sharing.
    I would like to add two shortcuts to it which are incredibly helpful to me:
    – command+shift+3 will capture your whole screen;
    – command+shift+4 will let you capture portions of your screen.
    Hope it`s useful to others, as well.

  2. Deanne says:

    Oh, I have to admit I am disappointed but only because my expectations were wrong. This is a great video for those who don’t know how to do picture screen captures of their computer. My disappointment was that I read “screen capture” and thought video screen capture. I do know how to do this using software such as Jing or Snapz Pro, but here I thought maybe Mac had something new in their operating system I hadn’t yet discovered. Good job, Sarah, once again.

    • Thanks for the comment, Deanne, though I’m sorry to disappoint! I’m teaching a course right now on How to Build Your Own Webinar. One of the participants asked how to take a picture of the screen and then a few others chimed in to say, “Oh, yeah! I’ve been wanting to learn how to do that, too.” So, I made the video. As far as I know, you’re right about capturing the video. Jing, SnapzPro or Camtasia are the ones I know, too. I used Camtasia to make the video. You’d think Apple would build something like that, eh?

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