How To Screenshot And Paste On Mac

Mac is a sophisticated and user-friendly Operating System. One of the most commonly used features is taking screenshots and pasting them, which is immensely useful in a plethora of situations such as making presentations, troubleshooting, or just sharing an interesting view on your screen. Today, I’ll guide you through the simple steps of how to screenshot and paste on a Mac.

Taking a Screenshot

The process of taking a screenshot on a Mac is quite straightforward. There are different ways to do this depending on what you want to capture:

Whole Screen

If you want to take a screenshot of the entire screen, simply press the Command(⌘) + Shift + 3. The screenshot will be saved on your desktop.

Portion of the Screen

If you only want to capture a portion of the screen, press Command(⌘) + Shift + 4. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair, which you can drag to select the area of the screen you want to capture. Release to take the screenshot. Like the full-screen screenshot, this will also be automatically saved on your desktop.

Pasting the Screenshot

Once you have successfully taken the screenshot, the next step is to paste it. Here’s how you do it:

Pasting in Documents

If you want to paste your screenshot into a document (like Word or Pages), open the document where you want to paste the screenshot, and press Command(⌘) + V. Your screenshot will be pasted at the location of the cursor in the document.

Pasting in Image Editing Tools

If you want to paste the screenshot into an image editing tool (like Photoshop or Preview), open the program, and select File from the menu, then select New from Clipboard. Your screenshot will appear as a new image.


Taking screenshots and pasting them on a Mac is a simple process that can be mastered within minutes. While it may seem daunting at first, with a little practice, these commands will become second nature. Keep practicing and you’ll become a pro in no time!