Screen shots on a Macintosh computer

Question: How can I create screen shots on a Macintosh computer?

The IT Guy says:
Macintosh computers, including newer OS X as well as older OS 9 / 8 / 7 computers, offer comparatively more built-in options for screen capture than do Windows computers.

To copy an image of the entire screen to a saved file on the hard drive, hold down SHIFT and COMMAND (the Apple key) and press 3. The image will be called "Picture 1" and saved at the root level of your hard drive (pre OS-X) or on the desktop (OS X.)

To copy an image of only a specific part of the screen to a saved file on the hard drive, hold down SHIFT and COMMAND (the Apple key) and press 4. The image will be called "Picture 1" and saved in the same location as described above, depending on whether you are using OS X or not.

If you are using OS 8 or newer:

  • To copy an image of the window currently open, press SHIFT - COMMAND - 4. The image will be called "Picture 1" and saved either at the root level of your hard drive or on the desktop.
  • To capture only a specific part of the screen (a region) to the clipboard by holding down SHIFT - CONTROL - COMMAND - 4.

Commercial software is available permitting even more screen capture options. Two alternatives are Ambrosia Software’s Snapz Pro and Stick Software’s Constrictor. Snapz Pro includes options for capturing screenshot movies as well as still images.

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