How to capture screenshots in Mac OS X with keyboard shortcuts

While some folks may find the Grab application handy, I prefer to use keyboard shortcuts to take pictures of the screen in Mac OS X. There are a few ways to snapshot your desktop…

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Screenshots are saved to the Desktop as PNG file (OS 10.4 and later) or a PDF file (OS 10.3 and prior). To copy the screenshot to the clipboard instead of creating a file on your desktop, hold the Control key in combination with the above keystrokes.

1) To take picture of the entire screen</p>

Press Cmd+Shift+3

2) To take picture of a specific window/object</p>

Cmd+Shift+4, then press Spacebar, then Click on the window/object

Cmd+Shift+4, then press Spacebar, then Click on the window/object

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3) To take picture of a selected area</p>

Press Cmd+Shift+4 and Click/Drag over desired area

While dragging:

  1. Hold Spacebar to move selected area.
  2. Hold Shift to change size in one direction only (horizontal or vertical)
  3. Hold Option for center-based resizing.

Lee Calcote

Lee Calcote
Lee Calcote is an innovative thought leader, passionate about developer platforms and management software for clouds, containers, infrastructure and applications. Advanced and emerging technologies have been a consistent focus through Calcote’s tenure at SolarWinds, Seagate, Cisco and Pelco. An organizer of technology meetups and conferences, a writer, author, speaker, he is active in the tech community.

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