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Evan's avatar

How do I take a screenshot on a Mac?

Asked by Evan (810points) July 30th, 2007

there's gotta be a simply way to do it, right?

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jessie's avatar

shift apple 3 to take the whole screen. Or shift apple 4 if you want to use your mouse to define which part of the screen you'd like to capture.

jessie's avatar

(my plus signs didn't come through, for some reason. It's shift AND apple AND 3, or shift AND apple AND 4.)

mdy's avatar

This may be overkill for what you're trying to do but I figure I might as well mention it...

There's a neat new application called Skitch that lets you make screenshots on the Mac.

It's currently in beta, invite only, but there are many blogs that are giving out Skitch invitations. A Google search on Skitch Invites might help you find one. At worst, you can sign-up on their home page for an invitation.

I've been dying to try it out myself, but since it's not yet available on Windows (I use WinXP), I have to wait.

See for a demo of what it can do. 8-)

sferik's avatar

To take a picture of the selected window, press Command-Shift-4, then Spacebar.

You can also use (found in Applications > Utilities) to take a timed screen shot.

Here is a list of Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.

gcoghill's avatar

And adding to the above, if you add the Control key to any of the keyboard methods of taking a screenshot the screenshot image will be stored in the Clipboard (for Copy/Paste) instead of being saved as an image file. Useful if you know you will be editing it and want to open in Preview – you’ll see in the menubar the “New” item is now “New from Clipboard”. This also works in Photoshop, and I am sure just about every software application that supports images.

PIXEL's avatar

Try Command + Shift + 3 + Space!

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