Mac is a computer operating system developed by Apple Inc. and designed to run on Apple Macintosh computers. The Mac OS was first released in 1984, and since then, it has been regularly updated with new features and functionality. Today, the latest version of the Mac OS is macOS Sierra.
If you own a Mac, you may have noticed that it automatically saves screenshots you take as .png files on your desktop. While this can be handy if you want to quickly share a screenshot with someone, it can also quickly clutter up your desktop if you don’t delete them regularly.
How to take a screenshot on Mac
There are a few different ways to take a screenshot on a Mac.
- The easiest way is to use the built-in Grab utility. To do this, open the Grab utility by going to Applications > Utilities and double-clicking on the Grab icon.
- Once the Grab utility is open, you’ll see four different options for taking screenshots: Selection, Window, Screen, and Timed Screen.
- To take a screenshot of a specific area on your screen, select the “Selection” option and then click and drag your mouse to select the area you want to capture. Once you’ve selected the area you want to capture, release your mouse button and the screenshot will be saved to your desktop.
- To take a screenshot of an open window, select the “Window” option and then click on the window you want to capture. The screenshot will be saved to your desktop.
- To take a screenshot of your entire screen, select the “Screen” option. The screenshot will be saved to your desktop.
- To take a screenshot after a delay of 10 seconds, select the “Timed Screen” option. This can be handy if you need to take a screenshot of something that appears on your screen for only a short period of time, such as a popup dialog box.
How to delete a screenshots on Mac
- To delete a screenshot from your desktop, simply click on the screenshot and press the delete key on your keyboard. The screenshot will be moved to the trash. To permanently delete the screenshot, you’ll need to empty the trash.
- You can also delete screenshots directly from the Grab utility by selecting them in the left-hand sidebar and then clicking on the “Delete” button.
Screenshot files are automatically saved as .png files on your Mac, but you can change this behavior if you want. To do this, open the Grab utility and then click on the “Preferences” button in the bottom-left corner.
In the preferences window, select the “Save As” option and then choose a different file format for your screenshots from the drop-down menu. The screenshot will be saved in the new file format the next time you take one.
You can also change where screenshots are saved by clicking on the “Location” option and selecting a different folder from the drop-down menu. By default, screenshots are saved to your desktop, but you can change this to any other folder on your computer.
Taking screenshots on a Mac is easy, and there are a number of different ways to do it. Once you’ve taken a screenshot, you can delete it from your desktop or save it in a different file format by using the Grab utility.