Take a Screenshot on a Mac Video Tutorial vs Article
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Method 1: Video Tutorial
You're watching VisiHow. In this video, we're going to demonstrate how to take a screenshot using the Mac. There are two keyboard shortcuts for taking a screenshot.
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Video: Take a Screenshot on a Mac Video Tutorial
Method 2: Article
People like Macs because of their straightforward interfaces and slick UI. Nonetheless, the simplicity of OS X does mean that some critical functions aren't as obvious.
Taking a screenshot can be difficult for people who aren't used to the operating system, but that doesn't mean it's an impossible task. Fortunately, this easy guide will help you produce perfect screen grabs every time.
Steps to Take a Screenshot on a Mac
There are a few different ways to take screenshots using your Mac. The main options we'll cover here include capturing the entire screen with a keyboard shortcut, using a similar shortcut to target a specific section of the screen and using the Grab application.
- 4By default, these files are placed on the desktop, and the screenshot operation also makes a camera shutter sound when completed successfully.
Targeted Selection(⌘-Shift-4 and Drag)
- 2With this command, you'll also need to use your mouse, trackpad or pointing device of choice.
- 4Now, click on one corner of the area that you'd like to capture.
- 5As you drag, you'll see a rectangular section appear over the contents of your window; this area represents the zone that will be copied to produce the screenshot image.Drag out while holding the mouse button.
- 6The screenshot image will be generated on your desktop complete with camera sound effect. If you change your mind in the middle of dragging out the selection area, or you decide that you'd like to reposition the screenshot, you can press the Esc key to cancel the operation and start over again.Once you're satisfied with your selection area, release the mouse button.
The ⌘-Shift-4 shortcut
Also works when you want to take isolated pictures of specific menus or Windows.
- 1For menus, you can use the shortcut as previously described after opening up a menu.
- 3When you click the mouse, OS X will generate an image corresponding to the highlighted area.
- 1Click anywhere on the desktop to switch to the OS X Finder application.
- 2Next, open up a new window by pressing ⌘-N or selecting New Finder Window from Finder's File menu.
- 3Head to the Applications folder before going into the folder called Utilities.
- 4It's ideal when you need to capture a bunch of images or a time-delay shotYou should see an item called Grab.app; this application performs all the tasks we've already covered, but it also gives you some extra menu and help options.Advertisement
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