How to Screenshot on Mac and save them to Photos (Step by Step Guide)

How to screenshot on Mac and save them to Photos
How to screenshot on Mac and save them to Photos

“How to screenshot on Mac and save them to Photos?”

If you have searched for this query then I am guessing, that you want to screenshot something on your Mac and save it to the Photos app, which is by default saved on your desktop screen

So, if that’s the case, don’t worry, and follow this article where I am going to list some of the methods that will help you in screenshotting stuffs and saving it to the Photos app.

How to screenshot on Mac and save them to Photos?

To screenshot photos on a Mac, press “Shift+Command+3” and the screenshot will be saved on the desktop. Now, to save it in the Photos app, just drag it to the Photos app icon on the Dock, and done. Your screenshots are now inside the photo app. 

Similarly, by dragging the photos inside of the Photos app, you can arrange them inside the album of your choice.

But what if you only want a screenshot of a particular area? 

Well, then follow the next method.

How to screenshot a particular portion of a screen on a Mac?

So, if you want to screenshot a particular portion of a screen on a Mac, then just follow these simple steps:

  • Go to the desired screen that you want to screenshot.
  • Now, press “Shift+Command+4.”
  • By doing so, the mouse pointer will turn into a “crosshair.”
  • Move it towards the area from where you want to start your screenshot.
  • Now, click and drag to select an area.
  • After that release the mouse or trackpad.
  • You will hear a camera shutter sound, which means the screenshot has been captured successfully. 
  • Lastly, drag and drop the screenshot into your Photos app.

Note: If you have changed your mind and want to cancel capturing a screenshot, then press the “Escape” key before releasing your trackpad or mouse pointer.

How to take a screenshot of a window or a menu on a Mac?

To screenshot a window or a menu on a Mac, you just simply need to;

  • Press “Shift+Command+4+Spacebar.”
  • Now, you will notice that the mouse pointer has changed to a camera icon.
  • Move the camera icon on the window or the menu, that you want to capture.
  • Now, the selection will be highlighted.
  • Lastly, click on the mouse or trackpad to capture the screenshot.
  • Again, the screenshots will be saved to your desktop, so you will need to drag and drop them into the Photos app manually.

Tip: If you want to copy the screenshot on the clipboard, then simply press the “Control” key along with these key combinations. For example; if you want to save a screenshot of the entire screen on your clipboard, then press “Control+Shift+Command+3.” Similarly, press “Control+Shift+Command+4” to capture a part of the screen on the clipboard, or “Control+Shift+Command+4+Spacebar” to capture the specific application window or menu to the clipboard.

How to record an entire screen or a certain portion of the screen on a Mac?

There may come certain situations where you want to record the entire screen to show it to someone, probably because you want to teach him/her how to screenshot things. 

So, to explain them in a better way, you can record the entire live screen and then send it over, which will help them to understand the process in a much simpler way, and to do that, just follow these simple steps:

  • Press “Shift+Command+5” to open the screenshot toolbar.
  • Now, you will be able to see the toolbar at the bottom of the screen with a set of options to capture the entire screen, a single window, or a portion of the screen. You will also find the option that enables a user to record the entire screen or a portion of the screen.
  • Click on the “record entire screen” or “record selected portion” option.
  • Now press the “Record” button,located on the right side of the screenshot toolbar.
  • After you are done, you can stop the recording by clicking on the “Stop” button located inside the macOS menu bar.
  • Lastly, drag and drop the file inside the Photos app to save the recording there.

How to change the location of Screenshots?

By default, the screenshots or screen recordings are saved on your desktop, which is pretty convenient. But if you want to change the location of the screenshots, then simply open the “Screenshot toolbar” by pressing “Shift+Command+5”, and then click on “Options.” 

Finally, click on your desired option that goes from; Desktop, Documents, Clipboard, Mail, Messages, Preview, or Other Location (to choose a specific folder).

How to change the image format of the screenshots?

By default, the screenshots saved on Mac are in “.PNG” format. But what if you want to change it into “.JPG” format?

Well, stay calm and follow these steps:

  • Open the “Terminal” app.
  • Then type the following command,

“defaults write com.apple.screencapture  type jpg”

  • Hit enter.
  • After that, you will probably be asked to enter your Mac password.
  • Enter it.
  • Now, restart your computer.

So now, the future screenshots will be saved in the “.JPG” format by default. 

However, if you want to change it again to PNG, then just enter the same terminal command, but remove “jpg” and write “png” instead.

Final Remarks on “how to screenshot on Mac and save them to Photos”

Capturing a screenshot is a very simple yet effective way to share whatever you are seeing on the screen, and after the release of Mojave, macOS now has a preloaded screenshot tool that allows Mac users to take screenshots of the screen (fully or partially) or record the screen (fully or partially).

Therefore, if you are someone who is still confused about this special feature, I will definitely recommend you to give it a shot by following this step-by-step guide.