Mac OS X has built-in screen grabbing functionality. After pressing these key combinations to take your screenshot, you'll hear a click and the screenshot will be saved as PNG file to your desktop.
- To capture the entire screen, press Cmd+Shift+3 at the same time.
- To capture a select area of your screen, press Cmd+Shift+4. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair and you can drag around the area you want to capture.
- To capture a specific window or something like the Dock or menu bar, press Cmd+Shift+4 and then immediately after, hit the Spacebar. The crosshair will turn into a little camera and highlight the window or objects you can capture.
Using the Grab Tool
In the Utilities folder under Applications, OS X also has a tool for taking screenshots called Grab. To use it:
- From the Capture menu, select the type of screenshot you want to take: a selection, one windows, the entire screen, or a timed screen which waits ten seconds then captures your screen.
- Then follow prompts to select the area of your screen capture.
- Go to File then Save to save the screenshot as a TIFF image.