How To Fix Screenshot Not Working On Mac

Taking a screenshot on your Mac is quite easy as Apple has provided a convenient way on how to do this. On the latest macOS Mojave all you need to do is to press on Command – Shift- 5 on your keyboard. You can then use the onscreen menu to choose between capturing the entire screen, a portion of the screen, capture a window, or record a video. There are however cases when this process will not work which is what we will be trying to resolve today.

How To Fix Screenshot Not Working On Mac

Restart your Mac

One of the first thing that you will need to do is to restart your Mac. This will refresh the software of your device and will usually fix minor glitches such as this. There are three ways you can restart your Mac.

  • Press the power button then when a dialog box appears click on restart.
  • Select the Apple menu then click on restart.
  • Press the Control – Command – Power button.

Once the system has fully booted up try to check if the issue still occurs.

Make sure the screenshot shortcuts are active

The screenshot shortcuts of your Mac are activated by default. Sometimes though this setting might be changed so even if you try to take a screenshot using the Command-Shift-5 action it won’t work. It’s therefore best to check if this is active in your system.

  • Click on the Apple menu then select System Preferences
  • Click on Keyboard
  • Click on the shortcuts tab
  • On the left side of the window  click on Screenshots
  • Make sure all options have a check mark.

Use Preview to take a shortcut

Preview is a quick tool that you can use to open and edit certain files in your Mac. You can also take a screenshot with this.

  • Open Preview
  • Click on File then choose Take Screenshot

The above listed steps are the best way  to fix screenshot not working on Mac issue.

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