I’ve been a Mac user since 2006 when my stupid PC crashed in the middle of my Capstone exams (library school week-long final, library school equivalent of the thesis paper). I was done. Every day I see people complaining about viruses. I hear that you can’t get them on Macs, and I’m not knowledgeable enough about the technical side of things to know if that’s true or not. I do know that I haven’t encountered anything in the most recent four years that has shut my computer down. Not once. That’s enough for me. But learning OSX, the Mac’s operating system, had a learning curve for me, even for my rudimentary computer needs.
This is a blog that I hope is usually about questions and answers. Here was my question a week ago: “How do I take a screenshot on a Mac?” Taking a screenshot just means taking a picture of your screen. You can save it as a file or just copy and paste it from the clipboard. As with many things Macintosh in the beginning, the answer was 1) very simple; 2) not intuitive at all. Now that I know it, I won’t forget it, but I wouldn’t have gotten it on my own.
Here are your options, which I found in the MacRumors forum.
- Press the command (that’s the key with the apple on it) key, the shift key, and the number 3. You’ll hear a camera sound and there will be a file of the image saved on your desktop. If you have a cluttered desktop like mine it might be hard to find, but the file name defaulted to “screenshot.”
- Command key, shift key, and the number 4 key. Then you can actually define the area of the screen that you want to take a screenshot of. Also saves to the desktop.
If you don’t want to save the files, these two options will send them to the clipboard again, ready for easy pasting:
- Command, control, shift, and the number 3 – It’s the same but with one additional key and it does not save to the desktop
- Command, control, shift, and the number 4 – The same as the previous option, but will let you define an area of the screen instead of taking a screenshot of the entire window.
That’s it! It was driving me nuts and I never would have figured it out on my own. The MacForums are a great resource. I won’t be doing many tech-related posts because I’m a tech idiot, but this was on my mind.
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