- If you find a picture online or in a document that you want to save, knowing a few ways to save an image on your Mac computer will come in handy.
- You can import images you’ve saved into a folder, onto your Mac’s desktop, or even insert them directly into various types of files.
- With a screen capture, you can even save images to your Mac from sites that won’t let you download them.
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Whether you are putting together a presentation for the office, preparing a project for school, or saving your favorite photos from a friend’s Facebook page, it’s easy to save images on a Mac computer.
In fact, there are three easy ways to save an image on a Mac, each of which has its own benefits.
Once you know how, you can save any image to your Mac, whether it’s from a website, a social media platform, or even a PDF that is supposed to be locked against saving.
Here are the three best ways to save images on Macs.
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How to save an image on a Mac computer
Right click to save an image on a Mac
For most images, this is the best way to save them on a Mac, as it offers you the most control. Remember that using two fingers to tap on the track pad is the same as right clicking on a Mac. And if you’re using a mouse with no separate right click, you can hold the Control button on your keyboard as you click to activate a right click.
1. Right click on the image, then select “Save Image As…” from the dropdown menu.
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2. Enter the file name you want to use for the selected image, and choose where the file will be saved.
3. Click the blue “Save” button.
Drag-and-drop to save an image on Mac
Dragging is the quickest and simplest way to save an image on a Mac, but it offers less control than right clicking, as you can’t name the file.
1. Left click and hold on the image to be saved.
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2. Drag it to its chosen destination, which can be the desktop, a folder on the desktop, an open folder, or even right into a Word or Pages (or similar) document.
3. When a green circle with a “+” symbol appears, release the image to drop it into its new location.
Screen capture to save an image on Mac
A screen capture on a Mac — also known as a screenshot, or a “print screen” on Windows — lets you capture any image, even ones that you can’t directly download, such as those on Instagram or a PDF.
- To take a screenshot of a specific image or section of the screen, hit “Command + Shift + 4” at the same time, then left click and hold, dragging a box around the content to be saved.
- To screenshot the entire monitor on a Mac, hit “Command + Shift + 3” at the same time.
Note that in both cases, the image will be saved to your Mac’s desktop. For more info on how to take a screenshot, check out our article, “How to take a screenshot on a Mac, and find that screenshot on your computer later.”
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