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January 17, 2012

How To Take Screenshots On A Mac

by Colin Jones

For those that are new to Mac OS X or those who are fortunate enough to be escaping Windows hell and getting a shiny new Mac for Christmas, I thought I would share some of the simple and cool ways of how to take screenshots.

If you want to capture your entire screen, it’s as easy as pressing shift-cmd-3. Once done, you will hear a click and the resulting screenshot will be saved to your desktop – From here you can preview it and export it to wherever you want, in a range of formats, JPEG, PNG, PDF…etc.

The next option is to capture an area of the screen you are looking at, this is done by pressing shift-cmd-4. Your cursor will change to a marquee for selecting the area of the screen you wish to take. Release the cursor button and the screenshot will be taken and again saved to your desktop.

The third option I am going to share with you, is how to take a screenshot of a particular object on your screen. This is done by once again pressing shift-cmd-4, but this time, press the space bar instead of selecting an area. Watch as your cursor turns into a camera icon, allowing you to capture any item beneath it. The highlighted item will be captured when you click the mouse.

So there you go, 3 easy ways to take screenshots on your Mac.

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