Mac OS X Screen Shot Commands

I started like with a Mac Classic running System 5, then slowly moved to newer Macs running System 6, 7 , 8 and 9. Then I started working mostly on Windows. I take it for granted that Windows has a single key for screenshots and now an app to do partials.
Naturally I now support lots of Macs and I finally need to learn the Mac versions. So here they are:

Command-Shift-3

This captures a screenshot of your entire screen/screens.

Command-Shift-4

This turns the cursor into a crosshair, which you can drag to select a portion of your screen to capture. Release the mouse button or trackpad to take the shot.

Command-Shift-4, then space bar, then click on a window

Hitting the space bar turns the crosshair into a little camera icon, which you can move over any open window. Click on your desired window to take a screenshot of it. A screenshot captured by this method features a white border around the window with a bit of a drop shadow.

All screenshots are dropped on the desktop as an image file.

And if you happen to be using Log Me In to make the screenshots on the remote computer the screen shots won’t appear on the remote desktop…they show up on your local desktop….

Author: Helicopter Jeff

I'm a vinyl decal cutting and designing, Astrophotography and general photography capturing, RC helicopter/quad copter pilot, Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware/software developer, network, scripting and troubleshooting ninja living in the metro NY area. I am passionate about my hobbies so much I do them for a living. There's nothing better than getting paid to do what you love.

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