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Subject:   Much more to the built-in screenshot tool than presented here.
Date:   2003-03-03 07:11:17
From:   anonymous2
As awesome as Snapz Pro is, i'd feel remiss to not mention that there are some things lacking in this tutorial, particularly in the mention of the built-in screenshot functionality with the finder. I am constantly unimpressed with how little homework goes into articles like this.


Command + Control + Shift + 4 = selection tool, that puts the selection on your clipboard. If you go to a program like Mail, you can paste into mail. It creates a file as an attatchment. Guess what format it's in? Tiff.


Command + Control + Shift + 3 = puts the entire screen on your clipboard.


Command + Control + Shift + 4 then tap the spacebar = brings up a camera icon. Move it around the screen and it will highlight windows, icons, menus, etc. Click and whatever it highlighted will be put onto your clipboard. If you remove the "Control" from this key combo, it will create a PDF of it on your desktop.

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  • Much more to the built-in screenshot tool than presented here.
    2004-01-08 21:59:19  ronosxspt [View]

    Great advice and great tips. Forget about paying any money for screen shots. Save your money and press the buttons. I have one question. Where do you learn about all these complicated key commands? Do you just pick this up by trial and error or is there a document that you go to and get the information?

    Again, thanks for the wonderful tips.

    Ronald Cross
  • Derrick Story photo Much more to the built-in screenshot tool than presented here.
    2003-03-03 11:09:32  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Absolutely. Thanks for the great tips. This wasn't a full review of Snapz, rather, an overview of the tools available for making screenshots, etc. Your input is much appreciated.
    • Much more to the built-in screenshot tool than presented here.
      2003-03-08 04:24:57  retro [View]

      I don't think he was referring to Snapz, rather commands you can use with the built-in utility.

      Its easy to overlook commands like this, Apple's built-in help is not typically very helpful.
      • Much more to the built-in screenshot tool than presented here.
        2006-07-21 01:57:54  wjanoch [View]

        Crashing... must sleep... grammar faleing...

        (me crashing, not me mac... not even me windows running on me mac... just me...)
      • Much more to the built-in screenshot tool than presented here.
        2006-07-21 01:55:09  wjanoch [View]

        Ok, so I do have time to look it up... rather I already had another link on a tab with this on it

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screenshot

        Command Click on links in google's results and you get multiple pages loading while you read the next result's description. Note: you must enable tabbed browsing in Safari's preferences (FireFox tabs by default).
      • Much more to the built-in screenshot tool than presented here.
        2006-07-21 01:22:25  wjanoch [View]

        Find the built in keyboard short cuts in "System Preferences/Keyboard & Mouse" on the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab. The OS options are all listed there with check marks to eneble/disable. You can add shortcuts for any Application's Menu Item. You can even assign shortcuts that are already used by the OS and when you're in that program the shortcut will do what it's supposed to for that App, and when that App isn't focused it defaults to the OS item the Shortcut is assigned to (works like that in multiple apps too).

        Though I don't have time to look now, the file format for screen shots can be set on the command line. It's kept in a com.apple... file under your ~/Library I think. There are different defaults in different OS X versions, but I belive they all support the same set of possible output formats as it's dependent on Preview's output options (or same source that Preview uses).