How to take a screenshot on your Macbook Air, Screenshot Macbook
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Taking a screenshot or whatever other name you call it with such as Print screen, screengrab or screen capture is very easy on a Screenshot Macbook air. In fact, taking a screenshot on Macbook air is easier than taking a screenshot on PC.

In this article we will tell you the various ways in which you can take the screenshot on your macbook air.

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Taking a full Screen Screenshot Macbook air:

  1. Keep pressing the cmd which is also known as the “Apple” key. Alongwith this press Shift and 3 simultaneously.
  2. The screenshot of macbook air screen will be present in your desktop with a .png extension file name. The name of the file will begin with ‘Screen shot’ and have the following format- Screen shot [year]-[month]-[day] at [time].

If you want to save the screenshot Macbook Air with some different extension such as JPG or some other form then you can open the file either in Photoshop or open it in some other picture viewing program and then click on Save As and save it with any other file extension type.

If you have been using two screens at the time of capturing the screenshot on your Mackbook air then two images will be saved- one for each display screen.

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Taking screenshot for a part of the screen:

It is possible that you might not need to take the screenshot of the whole screen but just a part of the screen. This is also possible in your Macbook air.

  1. Keep pressing cmd and Shift key simultaneously and alongwith it press key 4.
  2. Now, crosshairs will appear on your screen in place of the cursor. Using the left mouse button you can adjust the crosshairs selecting the area that you want to take a screenshot of.
  3. As above, the screenshot of that part will be present in your desktop with a .png extension file name. The name of the file will begin with ‘Screen shot’ and have the following format- Screen shot [year]-[month]-[day] at [time].

Help tip 1: You can leave the keyboard once the crosshairs appear on the screen. After clicking the mouse button and dragging the cursor, press Space key. This will help you to move the selected area around. If press Shift key alongwith Space key they you can also move the area horizontally.

Help tip 2: If you don’t want the desired screenshot then you can press Escape key at any time to abort the screenshot. After this no screenshot will be saved in your computer.

Taking a screenshot of a Window:

  1. Keep pressing cmd and Shift key simultaneously and alongwith it press key 4.
  2. Now when crosshairs appear on the screen then, instead of moving the mouse press Space key. The crosshairs will turn into a camera icon.
  3. Then, point your cursor over the window and left click the mouse. The window will be highlighted with blue colour when you will point it.
  4. The screenshot of the window will be saved with .png extension and will have a shadow effect in it as well.

Taking a screenshot of a Window without the shadow:

You can also take the screenshot of the window without including the shadow effect. This is how you can do it:

  1. Keep pressing cmd and Shift key simultaneously and alongwith it press key 4.
  2. Now when crosshairs appear on the screen press the Alt key and then prss Space key.
  3. Now point the cursor over the window and left click the mouse.
  4. The screenshot of the window will be saved with .png extension and will not have a shadow effect in it as before.

Taking a screenshot of Dropdown menu:

  1. Keep pressing cmd and Shift key simultaneously and alongwith it press key 4.
  2. Press Space key as before instead of dragging the mouse cursor.
  3. Now move the camera icon over to the dropdown menu and open it.
  4. By clicking the mouse you will get a screenshot of the menu.

Using this same method you can also take the screenshots of the other furniture on the screen that you do not consider a part of the windows.

Taking a timed screenshot Macbook air:

Though the methods mentioned above cover most of the screenshot eventualities but if you still want to perform something advanced you can use the Gran application. You can open the Grab application from the Utilities in the Applications folder.

  1. Open the Grab application and click on Capture in the top menu. There you will see various options present for the screenshot such as a window, entire screen etc. Alondwith all these options you will also see an option for timed screenshots.
  2. Select Timed Screenshots when you want to start the capture of the screenshot and then start the thing that you want to take a screenshot of. The timer that is set will be of 10 seconds by default.

Printing the screen in Macbook air:

If now you want a print of the screenshot captured using above mentioned methods then you first have to locate the image in your computer and open it in Preview. Now click the cmd button and the P key simultaneously. This will print the screenshot directly from the Preview.

If however you want to print various images on the same paper arranging it in the white spaces neatly then you can open the image in the Photoshop or AdobeInDesign.

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Troubleshooting when Screenshots come out blank:

 Generally the screenshots captured by the Macbook air are very nice and easy to capture but you might experience some difficulties occasionally such as getting a blank Screenshot Macbook.

If you have followed all the procedures mentioned in the methods above carefully and are still not getting the desired image then there are chances that the software you were using at the time of capturing the screenshot might have blocked the screenshot capturing functions. This happens in the case of Apple’s DVD software. It blocks these functions because of copyright issues.

You can however recover from this problem by using a different software of the same purpose or use a third party piece of screenshot capturing software to avoid the issue.

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Mahesh Kumar is the tech blogger of MirchiTech.com. He is a passionate blogger and turned blogging into a money making ideas for smart passive income. He writes and shares about Technology, Android, iOS, Business, Startup, blogging and Tips and Trick.

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