How to Take a Screenshot on My MacBook Air/Pro (Totally Free)

Valyn Hua

July 22, 2019 09:00 / Posted by Valyn Hua

To grab various information from your computer quickly, you can take a screenshot or save it as a document. Well, the first choice saves more time. You can keep images and texts from webpages or streaming videos on your Mac freely. Sadly, many people ask the question like “Why can’t I take a screenshot on my MacBook”.

The truth is that you do not find the correct MacBook screenshot methods. But do not worry about that. From this article, you can learn how to take a screenshot on a MacBook Pro and other models with shortcuts or programs for free. All Mac products and operating systems are supported.

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1. 3 Common Ways to Screenshot on a MacBook

All portable computers can be called laptop. To be more specific, a laptop is a computer with all parts integrated. You can see many laptop brands, like IBM, Lenovo, HP, Acer, Dell, etc. Well, the main difference between a desktop and a laptop is that you can take a laptop wherever you want. To some degree, it is kind of similar to the battle between a landline and a cellphone.

As for a MacBook, it is a brand of laptops developed by Apple. MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops are best-selling Macintoshes. Well, you can see MacBook Retina and MacBook Core series in the MacBook family too. In a word, MacBook is a branch of laptop.


If you want to keep the moment of a live streaming video forever, you can take a screenshot on a Mac to catch it. Many people screenshot movies, films, TV shows and other online and offline videos to save the most attractive moment. As for gamers, recording and sharing the best achievement in a gameplay is quite common. Moreover, you can also take screenshots on webpages to save something important without taking notes. Generally speaking, you can keep everything appearing on your MacBook as offline references.

If your previous computer is a Windows PC, then you may wonder how to screenshot on a MacBook. Different from screenshot on a Windows, you can get 2 representative MacBook screenshot solutions. Just read and learn.

At present, the latest version of the Mac operating system is macOS Majave. If you have upgraded your MacBook to macOS Mojave, you can get not only the traditional MacBook screenshot keys but also the macOS Majave screenshot shortcuts.

Method 1. Use MacBook Screenshot Shortcuts

Capture the whole screen

For macOS Mojave: Press Shift, Command and 5 keys on your keyboard. Later, choose the first thumbnail to take a screenshot on MacBook.

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For other macOS versions: Hold and press Shift, Command and 3 keys to save the screenshot on desktop.

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Capture a window

For macOS Mojave: Press Shift, Command and 5 keys on your keyboard. Then choose the second icon and select the window you want to capture.

For other macOS versions: Hold and press Shift, Command and 4 keys. Later, press the Space bar on your keyboard. When the pointer changes to a camera, you can set the window.

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Capture the selected portion

For macOS Mojave: Press Shift, Command and 5 keys on your keyboard. Choose the third icon and draw on the MacBook’s screen.

For other macOS versions: Hold and press Shift, Command and 4 keys. Use the left-click mouse trackpad to take a MacBook screenshot.

Capture a menu

For macOS Mojave: Extend the menu to get its contents. Press Shift, Command and 5 keys on your keyboard. Use any icon on the floating toolbar to screenshot a MacBook menu.

For other macOS versions: Reveal the contents of the menu first. Hold and press Shift, Command and 4 keys. You can use the trackpad button or mouse to capture the menu. In addition, you can press Space bar to achieve the MacBook screenshot.

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  1. So where do screenshots go on Mac? Well, you can find MacBook screenshots on Mac’s desktop screen. The default screenshot format is PNG.
  2. If you want to save the Mac screenshot to clipboard, you can add the Control key to above Mac screenshot key combinations. Later, you can paste the screenshot on your Mac freely.
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Method 2. Run Grab to Screenshot on A MacBook

Grab is the pre-installed program on all MacBook notebook computers. If you encounter the screenshot on Mac not working problem, you can take screenshots with Grab for free too. What’s more, you can also take a screenshot on a MacBook Air or Pro with Preview.

Find the Utilities folder and access the Grab tool.

Choose the Capture option on the top menu bar.

Select Selection, Window, Screen and Timed Screen based on your need.


  1. There is no such a user interface of Grab. Once you open Grab, you can see the Grab icon in the dock.
  2. You can take a screenshot on a MacBook after the 10-second delay by using the Timed Screen feature.
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Method 3. Use Preview to Screenshot on A MacBook

You can double-click a PDF or image file to open Preview

Click File > Take Screenshot and choose From Selection, From Window or From Entire Screen on Mac.

screenshot macbook with preview

2. Best Way to Screenshot Macbook with FoneLab Screen Recorder

Though you can take a screenshot on your MacBook with default shortcuts or programs. You cannot capture the screen area you need accurately. Fortunately, you can achieve this goal by using Mac FoneLab Screen Recorder. Well, it is also supported to use MacBook screenshot shortcuts too.

Read about how to screenshot Facetime.

  1. Set the width and length accurately to take screenshots on Mac.
  2. Drag and drop the screen area around the mouse or trackpad.
  3. Set hotkeys to take screenshots and start/stop recording instantly.
  4. Access all your MacBook screenshots for sharing and editing.

Launch the MacBook screenshot software.

Disable Microphone and Webcam options in the main interface.

customize frame

Adjust the screenshot hotkey, destination folder and other preferences in the More Settings. (optional)

Set the screen area you want to capture manually.

Click the Camera icon to take a screenshot on a MacBook Air or Pro.

Go the Media Manager to find your screenshots.

Thus, you can get more choices while taking screenshots with FoneLab. In addition, you can have a good time for video and audio recording too. If you have any other question about how to take a screenshot on a MacBook, just feel free to contact us.

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