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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Screenshots on a Mac

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Screenshot on a Mac

I'm not sure if you can tell this, but the picture above is a screenshot.  I took it from Apple's website.  No matter how you use your Mac, I'm sure one day you will need to take a screenshot of something.  There will be times that you just don't want to take a complete screenshot.  You only need one part of what's being displayed for whatever reason.  Well, the good news is that these features are already available in Mac OSX.

Here are a few Mac screenshot commands that you may find helpful in your day to day tasks:

  • Command-Shift-3:  Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then select an area:  Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window:  Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Control-Shift-3:  Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area:  Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window:  Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard
In Leopard and later, the following keys can be held down while selecting an area (via Command-Shift-4 or Command-Control-Shift-4):

  • Space, to lock the size of the selected region and instead move it when the mouse moves
  • Shift, to resize only one edge of the selected region
  • Option, to resize the selected region with its center as the anchor point
These commands came from MacRumors.  For more in-depth Mac screenshot commands, you can view them here.

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