Screenshots serve as an essential tool for explaining, demonstrating and documenting. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast helping a friend with a computer problem or a student taking notes for a lecture, knowing how to take and paste a screenshot
is a practical skill. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the steps of pasting a screenshot on a Mac.
Taking A Screenshot on a Mac
Before we discuss how to paste a screenshot, let’s discover how to capture a screenshot on a Mac. There are three methods for capturing screenshots on a Mac, each of which provides a different type of screenshot.
- Command + Shift + 3: This keyboard combination will capture your entire screen.
- Command + Shift + 4: This command lets you select a portion of your screen to capture.
- Command + Shift + 5: This newly introduced command in macOS Mojave brings up a screenshot toolbar, allowing you to choose the type of screenshot you wish to capture.
Pasting a Screenshot on a Mac
After taking a screenshot, it’s usually saved as an image file on your desktop. However, there are times when you may want to paste it directly without saving it as an image file. Let’s dive into the simple steps of pasting a screenshot on a
Step 1: Capture the Screenshot
First, capture the screenshot by using one of the keyboard combinations mentioned above. However, to copy the screenshot to your clipboard instead of saving it as an image file, you need to add a Control key in the combination.
The new combinations become:
- Control + Command + Shift + 3: Capture entire screen and copy the screenshot to the clipboard.
- Control + Command + Shift + 4: Select a portion to capture and copy the screenshot to the clipboard.
Step 2: Paste the Screenshot
After the screenshot is captured and copied to the clipboard, you can now paste it anywhere you want. This can be a document, an image editing software, or an email. Simply, use the keyboard combination Command + V to paste the screenshot.
Let’s see how this works in an application like TextEdit:
Open TextEdit > File > New Document > Format > Make Plain Text Command + V (Paste the screenshot)
And there you have it! You can now paste screenshots on your Mac directly into any application without having to save them as image files first. This can save you time and make your workflow more efficient.
We hope this guide has been helpful. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on getting the most out of your Mac.