Screenshots on the Mac

Ever want to take a screenshot on a Mac? You can. The functionality is a little bit hidden though the functionality is incredible. The Mac has three varieties of screenshots. A screen shot can be taken of the entire screen, a rectangular portion of the screen or any window on the screen. Let’s explore how to do each.

The Entire Screen

This first option takes a picture of the screen, the whole screen and nothing but the screen (to date myself while butchering a Dragnet reference). To take a picture of the entire screen, press the keyboard combination <command><shift>-3. At that time, two things happen: (1)You will hear a camera shutter sound. (2) A new file will be put on the desktop with a title of the form Screen Shot <Date> at <time>.png. For instance, the screen shot, Screen Shot 2012-04-19 at 8.06.49 AM.png, got taken at 8:06:49 AM on the nineteenth of April in 2012.

A Rectangular portion of the Screen

This option takes a screen shot of a rectangular portion of the screen. To take a picture of a portion of the screen, press the keyboard combination <command><shift>-4. The cursor will change to a cross hair:

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At that point, click then drag out the area that you would like to capture. After dragging out the rectangular area, two things happen: (1)You will hear a camera shutter sound. (2) A new file will be put on the desktop of the rectangular area with a title of the form Screen Shot <Date> at <time>.png.

There are a couple of options available for this style screen shot. First, to center a screen capture, hold down the <option> key. The clip spot becomes the center of the rectangle and the captured rectangle will grow symmetrically around the click point.

The second option uses the <spacebar>. It is invoked after the click while doing the drag of the rectangle. It works as a constraint. Upon pressing the <spacebar> the constraint is determined by the next cursor movement. If the next movement is up or down, the width will be fixed. If the next movement is left or right, then the height will be fixed. Releasing the <spacebar> clears the constraint.

Any Window on the screen

This option will take a picture of a specific window on the screen. To take a picture of a specific window, press the keyboard combination <command><shift>-4, followed by pressing the spacebar. The cursor will turn into a camera:

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As the cursor is moved around, the current targeted window will turn blue. Upon clicking two things will happen: (1)You will hear a camera shutter sound (2) A new file will be put on the desktop of the current window with a title of the form Screen Shot <Date> at <time>.png.

But Wait! If you act now!

Sometimes it is helpful to put the results of the screen capture on the clipboard instead of a external file. That is accomplished by adding the <control> key to the key combination. These key combinations take a bit of finger stretching. So to put the entire screen in the clipboard, press <command><control><shift>-3. To put a rectangular region or window onto the clipboard, start with press ing the keyboard combination <command><control><shift>-4.

Stephen Magladry, your iTechieGuy

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