Here’s a guide on how to take a screenshot on a Mac, whether you prefer capturing images using keyboard shortcuts or Preview. Preview is a Mac tool that sits quietly on your dashboard until you open an image file – in which case in jumps into action and helps you quick-view that image, edit it through various basic tools, and share files across other applications. We bring Preview up because some people like to use the drop-down feature in the tool bar to take screenshots. If you have a choice between using the Preview drop-down or your keyboard commands, we humbly suggest sticking with the keyboard.
In today’s high speed, fast paced IT environment, it’s important to be able to work quickly, and efficiently. In all the systems and computer related classes I have ever taught, or all the classes I have ever taken, learning how to manipulate the keyboard and the mouse at the same time (of just use the keyboard without a mouse in case one is not present) has been one of the most underrated (and least used) features of the system.
To take advantage of this drill, you should be comfortable using a keyboard, otherwise the speed you want to increase will be taken away by you not being entirely sure where a certain key is, so it helps to be familiar with the layout. Note: Laptop users may have the same keys on their systems, but in different places so take a second to familiarize yourself with key placement before you begin the exercise. If you are just plan old ‘sick and tired’ of using the mouse to click on the infamous button to display the Windows Start Menu, then you simply only need to hit the ‘Windows’ Key. There will certainly be times where you will need to access the System Properties for your computer. The Run dialog box is used to allow you to either browse to a command to run, or simply enter the path to one if not already entered in the system’s path statement.
To quickly run an executable (such as calc.exe), just type calc in the Run dialog box and if in the path statement, it will simply run. There will surely be times where you want to quickly step away from your system and not leave it accessible to prying eyes in the office or home.
If you want to find files (and or computers, and other random things on your system) you will want to use the Search feature built into Windows XP.
Users can start accessibility programs before logging on to the computer by using this keystroke. Note: Utility Manager enables users to check an accessibility program's status and start or stop an accessibility program. Be aware that this may take a moment to open if you are working on a network and have mapped drives, so be patient if it takes a moment. Note: This is only dangerous if you are not sure if you want to delete something or not, but honestly, with the fact being that you have to ‘empty’ your recycle bin anyway… as long as you don’t have a task set up to do it – then this is definitely something you want to consider. Newer keyboards have a key that allows you to now get properties menus from anything you select that can provide you with a menu. By far the most commonly used keystroke sequence used on just about any and every Windows system ever created. If you work with many programs (most people who work on computers these days fit this description) then you will definitely want to learn about and master the Alt + Tab keystroke sequence.
If you want to see the Command Prompt in full screen (not in a small Window), you can quickly expand it to full screen with the Alt + Enter keystroke sequence. Here is a way to use two keyboard shortcuts at once… as you may recall, we already learned the shortcut to get to the Run dialog box, which was using the Windows Key + R. CMD gives you full screen mode only if you select it from the properties of the Command prompt Windows – you can select full screen mode by default, but I don’t like it this way, it is too intrusive and cumbersome – using the Keyboard shortcut will give you want you want very quickly and give you access to both types (Windows or Full Screen) as quickly as you can hit the keystroke sequence. Note:Alt + Enter can be very confusing because its one keystroke that does ‘many’ different things depending on where you are at the time of usage.
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The basic functionality of taking a screen shot of a window or desktop in Mac OS X takes an complete image capture of the desktop and all open windows and running apps and dumps it to a unique file on the Mac desktop. Saving the captured image directly to the clipboard functions a lot more like the Print Screen feature in the Windows world.
One final thing to note here involves multiple monitors; screen shots that aim to copy the entire screen will copy all screens if the Mac is using multiple displays.
This article is really aimed at newcomers to the Mac platform, particularly those that are migrating over from the Windows world. How the OS reacts to that key is a different matter entirely, but the key itself is just A KEY the same as every other key. Being one that used the Print screen button multiple times daily, I really like it being a button. If you have a mac keyboard hooked up while running windows (boot camp), I do not think you can screen capture with any combination of keys. I’ll probably figure this out, but do this for me (which is trivial in a Windows environment). Years ago, I used nothing but Macs … but the mythology that Steve Jobs knew how things should work much better than the rest of us is pure nonsense.


Yes, it takes longer on a PC to take a screen shot, paste into software where I can crop and resize it, then place it in its final location. The PC print screen may have a unique button on the key board, but you’d still have to paste that image in another program, then crop what you wanted, save that, then print. But simply hitting my ‘print screen’ button on my archaic Windows machine is clearly so much harder than hitting 3 buttons simultaneously!
Ridiculous nonsense written by a mac snob who seems to want to say anything to cast Windows machines in a bad light.
I believe your are missing the crux –that it is simplifying the keyboard, not the command. Ahem, why is that nobody cited the fact that using the System Preferences, in the Keyboard control panel one can redefine which keys and which “chords” are assigned as shortcuts to a function?
I tried googling how to take a screenshot on Mac without having to play keyboard twister, but no dice. If you absolutely need to keep googling the directions every single time, then make a move to help yourself and practise it until you’ve got it memorised! 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? As one who switched about 4 yrs ago, Grab has helped me not have to remember the mac kbd shortcuts. 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.
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Additionally, check out our guides for taking a screenshot on a PC and capturing images in iOS 7, along with our selection of the best image-editing tools. If you have an image open in Preview, this is a simple process: Click on File, then go down the list until you see Take Screenshot.
That depends, but usually your Mac will automatically time stamp the screenshot with the day and time it was taken, then save it as a PNG to your desktop.
Download the beta for this bit of software, and it will change the name of the screenshot automatically from the timestamp to the name of the fore-most application window – including the URL if applicable. To do this, you should learn how to use both the keyboard and the mouse simultaneously to do many tasks, such as ‘finding a computer on your network’ all the way to X with nothing but a quick and simple keystroke.
Keyboard shortcuts are skills we can all use and they only serve a helpful purpose if they can be recalled quickly. Most of you will have something similar to the illustration seen here as this is a standard 101 key keyboard layout.
When you need to get to the properties, many times you will go through a pretty long exercise. How do you quickly lock up your PC and allow it to be secure from immediate access at the console? Using this keystroke will allow you from moving to using three keys and the mouse to navigate to a simple keystroke that will lock your system immediately. Try to remember the word ‘desktop’ when you try to remember the D, think of using this shortcut to reveal the ‘desktop’ and it may help you remember it. If you are fond of using the Utility Manager, then this keyboard shortcut will definitely help you to get to it. Users with administrator-level access can designate to have the program start when Utility Manager starts. By using Windows Key + F1 (the F1 key), then you can use the help and support system that comes with Windows XP. If you want to access Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer – the Web browser), you can use the Windows Key + E shortcut. For instance, if you have Office document on your desktop (let's say, a spreadsheet named tax.xls) then you can select it and press the Window key and then the shortcut menu key and you can now quickly view properties for a selected object.
By selecting the Alt key and then holding it down (try this with your left thumb) and then use the tab key to switch between running programs, highlighting and selecting a specific program will bring that one to the foreground, maximized in your screen so that you can work within it.
If you hit the Caps Lock key by accident, then you will get no results other than your Caps Lock being on and maybe causing you some confusion and headaches a little later on.
The only problem with this is, you need to have the Command Prompt open to expand it to full screen, so, to open it you can use the Run dialog box. Ok, so the Keyboard shortcuts you already learned are lame in your mind or you just want to be different, whatever you’re reasoning… you can make custom shortcuts in a flash.
Click Ok to close the properties windows and the shortcut keyboard sequence will be removed. Shimonski is an enterpreneur, a professional technology consultant and a published author with over 20 years of experience working with technology.
If you’d rather not save the file to the desktop though, you can have it copied to the clipboard instead, which can then be pasted elsewhere just like what happens in the Windows world. That does not apply to the rectangular drawn box method, or to choosing a shot of a specific window rather than the full screen. Two other helpful tips for recent Mac switchers regard running Internet Explorer for Mac through various tricks, and understanding the Mac Task Manager known as Activity Monitor. Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox! Perhaps if you can provide something as damaging as your comment, but actually useful, people would be inclined to read your opinions, since they wouldn’t then be toxic stupidity. I have been playing around with images and wasting a lot of time on this mac for something that could have easily been done on a pc, with simple screen shot and paint.
You sensitive types should learn to ignore trolls instead of getting butthurt over a drive-by comment.


I fully appreciate using keyboard shortcuts, but in Mac-land, they are impossible to remember.
But at least I can remember the steps without having to Google it…which is how I ended up here in the first place. In the effort to protect users from clutter, they’ve introduced contorted and impossible-to-remember work-arounds as is evidenced by the suggestion that I practice this abstruse key combination so that I can remember it next time.
I didn’t have access to my Mac referance books at the moment so this helped in a pinch.
Like on a windows print screen and open microsoft paint and press Ctrl V (paste) and i’d have the picture.
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.
Unlike Mac developers, PC developers understand that this is a command that most people use about every few months on average. This is a handy shortcut for people who have a limited screen to browse the web, especially the netbook users. Because the current version of Preview has a couple limitations – particularly, you can only take screenshots on Preview if you have an image file open (TIFF, PNG, JPEG, GIF, MBP, or PDF). That’s handy for immediate reference, but if you are taking many screenshots in a row then your desktop will soon become cluttered by files with weird-looking names. The good news is that there are modifications you can make via Terminal commands or third-party software.
This can help greatly with organization if you are juggling several shots at the same time. This article’s learning exercises not only build up speed, and help you be efficient and more productive, but will also help you take the pressure off working with one hand, now you can work with two. This article's mission is to quickly teach you these shortcuts, remind you of them or just provide a handy chart for you to follow if you need a reference. Many peripheral vendors added a lot to their keyboards, such as multimedia options and so on. The Windows key once pressed will launch the start menu – once you release the key, the menu will appear. There are a couple of ways to get to the properties, most commonly by right clicking the mouse over the ‘My Computer’ icon on your desktop and then selecting properties from the drop down menu. There are times where I may want to view the desktop for one reason or another, and that can ‘very’ quickly be done with a keystroke. Tools such as 'Magnifier' and 'Narrator' can be set to start automatically and so on with this system utility. The built-in accessibility programs available from the Utility Manager are Magnifier, Narrator, and On-Screen Keyboard.
This will open up Windows Explorer for you so you can manage files and other forms of data on your system. Although this is not the ‘fastest’ keystroke sequence in the world, it happens to be a very helpful one especially if you do not have a mouse attached to your system. As well, if you hit the Alt key only by accident, it will select the ‘menu’ in just about any open dialog box you have in the foreground. Just be aware of how you are using the command keystroke and what you have open at the time. I assign a keyboard shortcut for the files and applications that I launch many times a day, such as Microsoft Word 2003. However as my MAC doesnt have a print screen button, this also does not enable to print screen on my windows using the tips u have provided.
Microsoft makes it simple and doesn’t waste time with pressing many different keys when you can just have one. And the thought of practicing the steps to reinforce memory (as another person has posted to this board) is just absurd. If I can find more tips as useful as yours, maybe my brand new and very pricey Macbook Pro won’t have to become an expensive paperweight after all. You can take a screenshot of a selected area on the image, of the entire image, or of your entire screen. Since screenshots are often about capturing site or software data, Preview won’t do you much good for the typical screenshot attempt. You can also use this feature to find other computers on your network if you wanted to add the ctrl key in that keystroke sequence. There were many ways to minimize all Windows that may be blocking view of the desktop, but this is one of the quickest.
Just be aware that missing keys and hitting others in this situation will not only cause you to not get the result you wanted, but then some unwanted results as well. This is both easier and much more powerful, given that there are ultimately six unique options to perform variations of the screen print. The good news is once you learn how to perform the print screen equivalent by capturing the desktop with a keystroke, they quickly understand why there isn’t a need to over complicate the keyboard with unnecessary buttons, plus get to experience the benefits of just having more options and control over what ends up being saved and how. I, myself, print screen very often and do not want to waste time by clicking many buttons, saving it on desktop, then finding it on desktop, then cropping it and deleting the original. I bet there is a tool that supports just the same insane keyboard shortcuts as Mac provides. If not, you can use the original keyboard shortcut and then just select Computers or people as the criteria you want to search. This gives users who are blind or have impaired vision immediate access to Utility Manager.
If you do in fact have this set up, this is also a quick way to reveal the desktop, as well as to put it back again.
Using Utility Manager, you can tell Windows to automatically start accessibility programs each time you log on to your computer, when you lock your computer desktop, or when Utility Manager starts.



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