The screenshot will be saved on your desktop. Note: By default, all these four methods mentioned above will save your screenshots in the. PNG format on your desktop.
By hitting the PrtScn button, it saves the entire screen in Clipboard , awaiting you to paste it in text editors I.
On the Mac, instead of hitting a “Print Screen” button, you'll hit one of several keyboard combination shortcuts to perform a specific action. You can capture the entire screen, a window, or just a selected portion of the screen. If you've upgraded to macOS Mojave, you can use Shift-Command (⌘)- 5 to Other keyboard shortcuts, such as Shift-Command-3 and.
By holding down the Alt key with the PrtScn key, this will capture only the screen of the active window. Open Terminal, and enter the following command, but do not press Enter yet. Drag the folder you created into Terminal. So, your command will now look something like this: defaults write com. Bonus How to hold screenshot in Clipboard If you prefer to keep your screenshots on the clipboard so you can paste them elsewhere for instance, Photoshop , add the Control key to your keyboard shortcut.
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! 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.
Yes, you have to press a few more keys, but, on the payoff side, you have a few more options, so, fair enough; satisfactory. Print screen on the PC is one button but print screen on the Mac is like playing Twister. 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!!! 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? 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. You now have a print screen key again. No more finger twister. And I find this whole exercise ridonculous. Anything that requires more effort than the previous process is not more efficient, or smarter.
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. 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. 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! 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.
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. 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!
Name the file and click Save. Updated: March 29, Shop on Amazon. Dave says:. 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. Likewise, the two video-recording buttons let you record your entire screen or a selection of it.
Thanks for the information. 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? So here is a simple single key solution for all of you that has a keyboard with the print screen key on it. 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?