How to do a screen capture in OS X, like Print Screen (Prt Scrn)
June 18, 2006 Mac OS X
Being a PC/Windows user, when I started playing around with OS X, I quickly found my self wondering why the Print Screen key (Prt Scrn) wasn't working. In OS X, there are a few key combinations you can do instead:>b
|Tips when moving from PC to MAC, How to do a screen capture in OS X|| ||
- To take a picture of the whole screen, press Command-Shift-3.
- To take a picture of part of the screen, press Command-Shift-4 then drag to select the area you want in the picture.
- To take a picture of a window, menu bar, the Dock, or other area, press Command-Shift-4 then press the Space bar. Move the pointer over the area you want so that it's highlighted, then click
- The picture is saved as a Preview PDF file on the Desktop (saved as pict file on hard drive in OS 9). If you want the picture saved on the Clipboard, hold down the Control (ctrl) key with the keys shown above.
- You can also take pictures of the screen using the Grab application (in the Utilities folder - OS X only).
24 March 2007 - 3:50:31 -
I always use this bookmark to reference these actions since I never remember them. Thanks
25 October 2007 - 8:05:17 -
Funny thing is, one of the main reasons I blogged this was to refer back to it since I never remember it either. I just used it again, someone called me and asked how to do a screen capture and I quickly went to this page.. it made it sound like I memorized it :)