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How to make a screenshot (capture the screen) in Mac OS X

Making a screenshot under Mac OS X is extremely easy and you can do it in few ways, depending on what exactly you want to get. 

There is just few key combinations you need to remember.

  1. To capture entire screen and save it as PNG file to your desktop press Command+Shift+3 simultaneously.
  2. To make a screenshot of the entire desktop and keep it in the clipboard (keep it ready to paste it into other application) press Command+Control+Shift+3.
  3. After pressing Command+Shift+4 a cross-hair cursor will appear and you will be able to select the area of your screen to capture. When you release the mouse/trackpad the selection will be saved to your desktop as a PNG file.
  4. Pressing Command+Control+Shift+4 will do the same as above but the picture will be saved to clipboard and will be ready to paste it into another application.
  5. If you press Command+Shift+4 and after that Spacebar, the cursor will change to a camera. You will be able to select which window or bar to capture. When you click mouse/trackpad the entire selected window/bar will be saved automatically to your desktop as PNG file (even if not fully visible).
  6. Command+Control+Shift+4 combination and then Spacebar will do the same as above but the picture will be saved to clipboard and will be ready to paste it into another application.

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Comments

mmmpow3r
07 May 2014, 02:06
Nice! I've been using the Grab tool...thanks!
Dale Fletcher
11 Jun 2014, 10:31
This is not working for me on my Macbook Pro. I have iOS 10.8.4 when I click simultaneously on CMD SHIFT 3, nothing happens. :-( Interestingly though, CMD SHIFT 4 works. ;-)
GodMode
21 Apr 2015, 16:46
Cool... i love using short cuts. it makes life much more easier.
Jonny Dapps
28 Apr 2015, 18:39
Thanks a ton for sharing this useful information. I was looking forward for it and found some other ways as well at Techies Choice blog.
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