Taking Screenshots – Mac

Posted March 7th, 2013 at 10:23 am.

A screenshot can be used to extract images from the screen or to take particular elements and add them to a document. They can be useful in showing the locations of buttons in software programs or particular elements of websites.

There are multiple ways to take a screenshot on a Mac depending on what you want to capture:

  • To capture the entire screen, press Command+Shift+3. This will capture the entire screen as it appears to you and save it in a file to the desktop.
  • To capture a rectangular screen selection, press Command+Shift+4 and select the area you would like to capture by clicking and dragging your mouse. This will save your selection as a file on the desktop.
  • To capture a particular window, press Command+Shift+4, and instead of selecting the area you would like, press Space and click on the window you want to capture. This will capture the window and save it as a file on the desktop.
  • To copy a sceenshot to the clipboard (so it can easily be pasted into another program or document rather than saved on the desktop), press Control in addition to any of the combinations above. This will not create a file on the desktop, but will save the image to your clipboard to paste elsewhere.
Filed under: Image Editing,Working with Multimedia Files by Megan Clark

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