Tips on how to take screenshots in Mac OS
If you are a blogger or a frequent or a daily user of your MacBook Pro then you must be doing a loads of Command-Shift-4 to take screenshots of the selection of the desktop. But this is not the only way to do so. There are many different ways to take screenshots of open window of your Macbook Pro.
First let us check how to take screenshots by using your keyboard.
- Command-Shift-3: It automatically captures the screenshot image of your entire screen.
- Command-Shift-4: By applying this, it will turn the cursor in to a crosshair which will then allows you to drag it and to select a portion of your screen to capture a screenshot. Once you are done with it you can release the mouse button or trackpad to take the screenshot.
- Command-Shift-4: then press the space bar and then click on a window: Once you hit the space bar it will crosshair into a small camera icon which will enable you to move over any window. Then click on the window you desire to take a screenshot of. The uniqueness of this feature is that the screenshot taken by this feature will have a white border around the window and it will also have a bit of a drop shadow around it.
- Go to > Applications > Utilities > Grab: This will open the Grab application. You will then see that the menus are shown in the upper left of your screen but there won’t be any window open. You need to click on the Capture menu and then choose between the four different options it allows you.
- To click a picture of your entire screen, just click on the SCREEN (or Key +Z). A new pop up will ask you where to click and let you know that the window will not appear in the screenshot.
- Now click on Selection to take a screenshot of the portion of your screen. A new window will then pop up and will instruct you to drag your mouse over the portion of your screen for which you would like to take the screenshot.
- Now to take a picture of a specific window, select that Window and then click on the window you would like to take a screenshot of.
- And when the new window opens chose Save.
- You can also take screenshot by altering the default location of the saved files. For this first go to File > New Folder to create a new folder. Now name the folder by clicking once on the ‘untitled folder’ and enter the name you wish to give. It can be any thing, for example, ‘Screenshots’? This can be found in the Utilities > Finder. Now in the command line copy this: defaults write.com.apple.screencapture location and please make sure to include a space after location and don’t click return. Now drag the folder you want into your terminal window. This will now add new screenshot destination to the command line. Now click on Return and a new command line will appear on the screen. Now copy killall SystemUIServer into the command line and hit on Return. This will then reset the terminal and it will allow the changes to take with immediate effect. Please be carefull that you do not delete the folder else you will have to redo the entire process to assign a new default location for your screenshots.
- Few more additional methods:
- Use the Skitch: It will allow you to make basic edits for your screenshots and will then upload them to the web.
- Use Monosnap: This is a powerful screenshot tool. First take a screenshot then annotate it and then upload the same to the cloud. Save it then or open it in any other external editor.
- Use Jing: More or less same to Skitch. Jings will let you take the screenshots and then will upload them directly to the web. You can also use it to take videos of your screen.