Print Screen on Mac OS X
Contrary to what many people believe, there is a built-in printscreen function in Mac OSX. It requires a couple more clicks than the Windows equivalent but it has more options readily available. There is no print screen button—the task is achieved by a combination of keystrokes.
First, switch to the screen you want to take a capture from. Then select one of the following three options...
(1) To capture the entire screen
This is the quickest and easiest method. Use one of these options:
|Cmd-Shift-3||Capture screen to PNG file.|
|Ctrl-Cmd-Shift-3||Copy screen to clipboard.|
When you release the keys, the capture is taken and either copied to the clipboard or saved to a file, depending on the keystroke combination you used.
(2) To capture a selected area
Use one of these options:
|Cmd-Shift-4||Capture selected area to PNG file.|
|Ctrl-Cmd-Shift-4||Copy selected area to clipboard.|
The cursor changes to a + sign. Click and drag the cursor to make a rectangle to be captured. When you release the mouse, the capture is taken.
(3) To capture an application window
- Press either Cmd-Shift-4 (to save as a file) or Ctrl-Cmd-Shift-4 (to copy to clipboard). The cursor changes to a + sign.
- Before clicking anything, hit the space bar. The cursor changes to a camera.
- Click the application window. The capture is taken.
Change the folder for saving print screen files
If you want the screen grabs to be saved somewhere other than the desktop:
- Open Finder and go to Applications > Utilities. Double-click Terminal to launch it.
- Type the command below (changing the path to the location of the desired folder) and hit the Return key:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /path/to/folder
- Then type the following command and hit the Return key again:
That should do it.