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How to create Touch Bar screenshots on a MacBook Pro

The Mac’s Touch Bar is actually a second, mini-display. Which means you can take a screenshot of whatever it’s displaying.

By default, ⇧⌘6 (Shift, Command, 6) will save a screenshot of Touch Bar as a file on your desktop. Alternatively, pressing  ⌃⇧⌘6 (Control, Shift, Command, 6) will copy what you see on Touch Bar to your clipboard for pasting in an app.

You can customize which keyboard shortcut does what by going to System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts → Screen Shots and selecting the key combination for both Touch Bar shortcuts. 

You can also create a button on Touch Bar’s Control Strip for creating screenshots of your Mac display. Go to System Preferences → Keyboard → Customize Control Strip. Drag and drop the screenshot button where you want it on Touch Bar.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.