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Feb 9, 2010

MacTip: Taking Screenshots with Mac OS X

OS X PictureMac OS X includes a number of key combinations which allow you to take screen shots. The available options are as follows:

Key CombinationResult
Command+Shift+3Capture entire screen and save as a file on the desktop.
Command+Control+Shift+3Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard.
Command+Shift+4Capture dragged area and save as a file on the desktop.
Command+Control+Shift+4Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard.
Command+Shift+4 then Space barCapture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and save as a file on the desktop.
Command+Control+Shift+4 then Space barCapture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and copy to the clipboard.

With OS X Leopard, the files are saved as PNG files. With the clipboard option, you can save the image to a graphics tool, or use Preview and select File -> New Image from Clipboard.
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