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Mac for Lawyers: How to take a screenshot on a Mac

Simple steps to take screenshots on your Mac computer.

There are three ways to take a screenshot on a Mac to immediately capture either a full or partial photo of the screen on your MacBook. While you don't have a PrtScn button on a Mac, it's actually much easier to screenshot your Mac screen than on a Windows computer, and the screenshots will automatically save to your desktop. Here's how it works:

Method 1: Screenshot the full screen

Press Command ? + Shift + 3Using this method, the entire screen will be captured and saved to your desktop as a PNG with the name "Screenshot YEAR-MO-DA at TIME.png."

Method 2: Screenshot the part of the screen you choose

Press Command ? + Shift + 4Using these three keys will turn your cursor into a crosshair that you can click and drag over the area you want a screenshot of.

Method 3: Screenshot one specific window

Press Command ? + Shift + 4 + Space

Using one more button (the Space Bar), this method turns your cursor into a camera, which you can then hover over your chosen window and click to take the screenshot.Other Tips: You can use screenshots of your screen, of pleadings, or of other images and diagrams in your Documate interviews, to make it easier for your clients to identify the information they need to answer your interview questionnaires.Any questions on how to take screenshots on a Mac or insert the screenshot into your interviews? Visit us at

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