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"A picture is worth a thousand words."


How To Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Taking a screenshot of your entire screen, or a portion of it, can be very useful in showing someone what you see on your screen without setting up a screen sharing program. Some possible uses of screenshots are:

  • HelpRequest / Support ticket
  • documentation
  • pasting into emails
  • pasting into chats ( how to set up iChat )
  • etc.

Below are instructions for the Mac OS X. Click here for PC instructions.

First, determine if you want a screenshot of:

  • your entire screen
  • a portion of your screen
  • a specific window

Then, decide if you want to save the screenshot to a file or to the Clipboard.

Here are the keyboard shortcuts to do any of the above. If you are saving to a file, the screenshot will be saved to your Desktop using the timestamp as the filename.

Entire Screen Portion of Screen Specific Window
Save to a file ⌘ + Shift + 3 ⌘ + Shift + 4
then select an area
⌘ + Shift + 4
then select a window
Save to the Clipboard ⌘ + Control + Shift + 3 ⌘ + Control + Shift + 4
then select an area
⌘ + Control + Shift + 4
then select a window
Note: Press ESC to exit out of the screenshot selection.

Happy screenshooting.


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