Original Post Details […]. By the way Compiz on linux makes it way better: But then on linux you have a wide range of options. I bet there is a tool that supports just the same insane keyboard shortcuts as Mac provides.
That way, you can all get rid of that annoying extra key: On my machine it does not save file on Desktop. It lets me select the area, but does not save anything. The clipboard is also empty. I run Thanks, this was very helpful. You Mac people are brainwashed. Surely you mean 3 or 4 keystrokes… Do you know what disingenuous means?
Agree with MoAmie; do you not subscribe to the K. Come on, ONE dedicated key for such an essential function?? Help topics such as the print screen function, a snap to find online. Wanting to print a satellite image from google maps I found the command, shift, 4 very useful. I crop and save the image all in one step was awesome.
Ridiculous nonsense written by a mac snob who seems to want to say anything to cast Windows machines in a bad light. Oh really? Care to explain the FF19 keys? The ones they put in the place of that cumbersome print screen? If apple wanted to simplify the keyboard, why did they put a spurious key in its place? I tried googling how to take a screenshot on Mac without having to play keyboard twister, but no dice. So glad I started looking through the comments on this page. I run into the question of how to Print Screen on a Mac rather frequently too, but while the Mac may require a key combo to remember, iOS is even easier.
Where do these images go to? How do i do this on a mac? What am I doing wrong? To use it, open up your Terminal. It […]. Thanks for these easy steps. I find this so much more user friendly than the print-screen command with the PC which forces me to open it in Paint and crop it. Now I can crop before I take the shot. Yeah, right. Unlike Mac developers, PC developers understand that this is a command that most people use about every few months on average.
Each time I need to do it, I have to google the directions and key combination. What could be a 5-second process turns into a 3-minute activity. Well, damn, apparently we have no BBCode here. I am running windows on a mac book pro in order to run some specific applicaitons — how do you take a screen shot while running windows on a mac book pro style keyboard?
Unless you time the pressing of that […]. Thanks for the helpful tips. I am a reformed PC user, I frankly will never go back. Mac is way to user friendly. It saves the captured area as a tiff in a location of your choosing. As one who switched about 4 yrs ago, Grab has helped me not have to remember the mac kbd shortcuts. Just tell us how to capture the screen on the mac. Just imagine the size of a keyboard that only has buttons as specific as the print-screen key… Now THAT would be a dumbed-down interface.
My god. The lengths folks will go to to make themselves believe Macs can do no wrong. This thread is a good example of the Dark Side of the Internet. What ever happened to civility??? I had to scroll through a huge stinking pile of venom to find a few helpful answers. Shame on you folks. And thanks to those who actually answered the initial query. The article covers the basics of capturing screen shots in Mac OS X, is there any other question you had, or a way that something could be clarified? So here is a simple single key solution for all of you that has a keyboard with the print screen key on it.
Step 1: Open System Preferences Step 2: Click on Keyboard Step 3: Click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab Step 4: Double click on the function you wish to map the right side , it will turn into a text field, then tap your print screen key. You now have a print screen key again. No more finger twister. Thanks for the information.
- How to Print Screen to a File on the Desktop in Mac OS X.
- Helpful Information.
- How to Print Screen to the Clipboard on a Mac.
It did what I needed, that is copy a pieces of the screen into a Power-Point presentation. I did about 20 shots from the Mac today in less time than a similar number of screen shots in Windows on Friday because I needed to crop the shot. The religious wars? Thank you, thank you, thank you — for the great belly laugh. Pressing 4 buttons is somehow better than having a print screen button, yeah right. Software, nope download. Backup, nope in the cloud. Now when was the last time I made a typo and had to use 2 buttons to backspace?
Oh, about 10 times in this post alone. Fanboys answer that! Contrary to what one might imagine, the PC also has several shortcut keys to simplify typing.
I do not know any programmer or hacker , applications for windows or not, do not utlize the shortcut keys. Once you learn to use these tasks are performed much more quickly.
How to Print Screen on a Mac
Open your mind to new learning. The technological superiority of Apple is indisputable when it comes to operating system and hardware. But the widespread Microsoft had them developed more applications for Windows than for OS. Exclusively for this reason I have Win7 installed on my Mac, but I confess that whenever I have to use it, before I take a coffee to face the hassles. After you capture the screen on the PC depending on the keyboard that is not possible without the combination of at least two keys , how do you use the file?
Wow, this is really an attempt to attack my intelligence! Can you not see that, on the Mac, at the end of the sequence of keys is generated your file on your desktop to use it as you want? Very simple! Make a typo: But MacBook Air fails by dedicating a limited resource button to an irrelevant function.
BUT even that fails because who shuts down a Mac? For crying out loud just closing the lid on a MacBook and having it just work is the reason to have one in the first place! As far as having superior technology, well…. Apple hardware is based on Intel, PC hardware is based on Intel. Lets call that a tie. The vast majority of end users are far more concerned with how the OS interface works rather than what makes it works. You remove a key for the keyboard and turn it into a three finger key stroke, then save the file to the desktop????
So now something that was so easy to do is several non essential steps. I have tried all of the combinations appropriately, with different windows open. None of the combinations save anything to anywhere I can find, paste, or retrieve. And I find this whole exercise ridonculous. Anything that requires more effort than the previous process is not more efficient, or smarter.
I want to send a screen shot through skype. I was able to hear the shot taking sound, but when I went to Skype an press copy I was unable to. How do I find the screen shot taken and use it to send it off as copy, paste? Does anyone know if there is a way to change the Save-to Location from Desktop to another Folder? Thank you MrLetter for the Preferences Tip!!! Print screen on the PC is one button but print screen on the Mac is like playing Twister. Yes, you have to press a few more keys, but, on the payoff side, you have a few more options, so, fair enough; satisfactory.
In less than a minute, I created an automator application that prompts the user to select a window for a capture. It then saves the selected window image to the clipboard. Let me know if you want a walk-through on how to do this. I just want to add my two cents.
How to Print Screen on A Mac? Here Are Five Ways To Do It
I love the screen shot process on my mac. When I grab a screen shot, the file is waiting for me on my desktop, where I can always find it, and work on it from there. I can just double click it, and crop it in Preview! If I want to do anything fancy to it, I can drag it into iPhoto or another app. If I want to upload it to tumblr I can just choose it by file name! For me, this is way easier than having it copied to the clipboard, especially as I like to take numerous screen shots in sequence.
I can get a bunch of screen shots and have all of them lined up neatly on the desktop to work on at my leisure. I love it! My setup is different. Given this setup, how do I do a screen shot? Just figured it out. Yeh, wow… complicated shortcuts where you mash half a dozen buttons down is Sooooooo much less complicated than a pesky, desktop-space-consuming Print Screen button. Some people think the design of their keyboard is more important than ease of use. By the way, that combination takes a screen shot of the entire screen, not just the current window.
Everything is the same, everything works. Yes, definitely simpler and more elegant…just like the first post claims above. This statement is redundant. What you are saying is like saying: Not necessary? No key is necessary with your logic. Every digit and letter of the alphabet can be removed. Just make a keyboard with 2 keys. Press once for A, twice for B, three times for C, 26 times for Z…..
Take A Screenshot Of The Full Screen
You can use a program called spark to map the 3 and 4 key combinations to a single key on your keyboard. Here is the link to the spark and a screen print of the software. Hope this helps Spark http: I have been using Jing and I have not been able to print the areas that I have been wanting with Jing. This method is a lot easier and quick. Thanks for posting this. It is amazing the limited knowledge of certain people. Pressing 4 buttons is still one step. The 2nd step would be cropping the area to print. The 3rd step would be pasting that snapshot into whatever program you wanted it. How many steps would that take in Windows?
Alt — Print or just Print 2. Windows key 2. Make screen selection 4. Click save and choose format and location. Press a key and a printout appears. I love the OS but too many Mac users are like religious zealots. See how simple? Aesthetics yes. Usability no. It should look and sound good on our machine. The article says pretty clearly how to print screen in a single command on the Mac, with OS X this is the following:.
Wow, just new to Mac after 20 yrs using PC. I still have not found out how to do this last. I also miss my Paint. What is the MAC equivalent to Paint? Very nice and helpful. I think these built-in options work a bit easier on Windows OS as you can see here: Subscribe Search. Categorized under Mac OS X. Do a print screen on Mac OS X computer with a simple shortcut. July 13, at 7: Anonymous says: July 24, at 3: July 31, at 9: Lin says: August 2, at 3: August 3, at 3: August 13, at 1: August 22, at 5: August 26, at Kim says: September 23, at 7: September 4, at 2: September 9, at 6: September 10, at 9: Linda says: September 11, at 3: September 13, at September 17, at 7: Karik says: Tony Tran says: September 18, at To capture a specific application window, press and hold Command-Shift-4 then tap on the Spacebar.
The cursor will change to a camera, and you can move it around the screen. As you move the cursor over an application window, the window will be highlighted. The entire window does not need to be visible for you to capture it. When you have the cursor over a window you want to capture, just click the mouse button and the screen shot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop. To copy a specific application window, press and hold Command-Control-Shift-4 then tap on the Spacebar.
The cursor will change to a camera, which you can move around the screen. When you have the cursor over a window you want to capture, just click the mouse button and you can paste the screen shot into another application. Mac OS.