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How To Take A Window Screenshot on Apple MacBook Air

by Simon Todd
How To Take A Window Screenshot on Apple MacBook Air

Step-by-Step Guide to Taking a Window Screenshot on an Apple MacBook Air

Taking a screenshot on an Apple MacBook Air is a simple process that can be completed in just a few steps. This guide will walk you through the process of taking a window screenshot on your MacBook Air.

1. Open the window you would like to take a screenshot of. Make sure it is the only window open and that it is maximized so that all of its contents are visible in the screenshot.

2. Press and hold down the “Shift”, “Command”, and “4” keys simultaneously on your keyboard for two seconds. The cursor will change into crosshairs with numbers next to them indicating coordinates on your screen.

3. Move the crosshairs over the window you want to capture and click once with your mouse or trackpad button while still holding down all three keys from step 2 (Shift, Command, 4). You should see an animation indicating that your screenshot has been taken successfully; this animation looks like a camera shutter closing quickly over what was captured in your screenshot area selection box (the area bounded by where you clicked and dragged).

4. Release all three keys (Shift, Command, 4) after seeing this animation; this will save your image as a .png file onto your desktop with an automatically generated filename such as “Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 10:00 AM”. You can now use this image however you wish!

How to Capture and Save a Window Screenshot on Your Apple MacBook Air

Capturing and saving a window screenshot on your Apple MacBook Air is a simple process. To begin, open the window you wish to capture. Then, press the “Command” + “Shift” + “4” keys simultaneously. This will cause your cursor to turn into a crosshair symbol. Move the crosshair over the window you wish to capture and click and drag it until all of the desired content is highlighted in blue. Once you have highlighted everything you want included in your screenshot, release your mouse or trackpad button. Your screenshot will be saved as an image file on your desktop with a filename beginning with “Screen Shot” followed by the date and time it was taken. You can then open this file in any image editing software or share it directly from its location on your desktop if desired.


Q: How do I take a screenshot on my MacBook Air?

A: To take a screenshot on your MacBook Air, press the Command + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously. This will capture the entire screen and save it as an image file to your desktop. You can also press Command + Shift + 4 to select an area of the screen to capture.