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5 Built-In Methods of Capturing Screenshots In Mac OS

5 Built-In Methods of Capturing Screenshots In Mac OS

capturing desktops in mac
I am constantly having to look up how to capture screen grabs on the Mac lately, so I thought a post on it might not be a bad idea, because at least then I’ll have something on-site to use as a reference. These commands are useful for those times when you are trying to get a picture of something from a website, and the right-click function doesn’t allow you to just copy the image (if they’re using Flash, for example), or when you want to take a snapshot of your screen for a Photoshop tutorial (or something like that), or if there’s something on a website that you want to photograph because you’re not sure it will be there later when you want to go look at it (a status update from a Twitter stream, for example). Enjoy!

  1. Capture entire desktop as a .png
    capturing desktops in mac
    To take a picture of your entire desktop, hold down the command key, the shift key, and the 3 key. This will take a picture of your whole desktop as it currently appears and save it as a .png file on your desktop (or a PDF file in OX 10.3 or earlier).
  2. Copy entire desktop to clipboard.
    capturing desktops in mac
    To take a picture of your entire desktop like the example above and copy it to your clipboard (for pasting later), hold down the control key, the shift key, the command key, and the 3 key. This will take a picture of your whole desktop as it currently appears and save it in your clipboard; you can then paste it into other files later.
  3. Capture a portion of your desktop as a .png.
    how to screen capture on a mac
    To take a picture of a portion of your desktop, press the command key, the shift key, and the 4 key. A cross-hair icon will appear; to use it, click on the top left corner of where you want to capture and drag it out as far as you want the picture to go. This feature works in much the same way as does the crop funciton in PhotoShop. When you release the mouse, a screen shot will be saved to your desktop as a .png (or a PDF file in OX 10.3 or earlier). Note: this method excludes things like cursors or open menus.
  4. Copy a portion of your desktop to clipboard.
    how to screen capture on a mac
    To take a picture of a portion of your desktop and save it to the clipboard (for pasting later), press the command key, the shift key, the control key, and the 4 key. A cross-hair icon will appear; to use it, click on the top left corner of where you want to capture and drag it out as far as you want the picture to go. This feature works in much the same way as does the crop function in PhotoShop. When you release the mouse, a screen shot will be saved to the clipboard, and you can paste it into files later.
  5. Capture the window of one application.
    capture application window in mac
    If you want to capture a picture of one application’s window — say, Photoshop –, press the command key, the shift key, the 4 key, and then the spacebar. Doing this will change the curser into a camera, and as you move over the application windows, they will highlight. When the application you want to capture is highlighted, click on the mouse. Please note that it doesn’t matter if the whole application window is visible when you do this: it will work anyway. The image will be saved as a .png to your desktop.

One Comment

  1. tbr
    Feb 16, 2010

    i can never remember either, and now i’ll bookmark this. consider my ad revenue as thanks!

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