I’m a Mac user for almost a year now, and while I’ve become quite competent with the new OS (after having used Windows for all of my computing life before), one thing always seemed to baffle me: how to take screenshots in Mac.
Now, on Windows PCs, the keyboard has a certain key called “Print Scrn” that, when pressed, takes a screenshot of the entire screen; you then have the option of pasting that captured image into an image editing app like PhotoShop or The GIMP (my editing app of choice), and then editing out whatever you want.
Now, you may be wondering, “why would I want to capture the screen of my Mac?” Well, for starters, if you’re a software developer, you may want to showcase what your app looks like to prospective customers. And, a more common example is taking screen grabs of problems arising from software, to mail to the support team that can then assist them in trying to fix any problems with an app.
However, on a Mac, there isn’t a keyboard key for this. So, after some research, I present to you some great tips to capture the screen of your Mac, without having to download any additional software. Yip, all the stuff you need is already on your Mac!
Using Mac OS X’s “Grab” Application
Your Mac comes with an application called Grab. You can find it in Applications -> Grab (or just search for “Grab” in Spotlight).
Grab allows you to do all your screen capturing, by giving you the option of either capturing the entire screen, or just the currently selected window.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard also has the option to capture video screenshots, allowing you to create software tutorials and other cool tutorials on your Mac. To do this you will need to go into the new QuickTime and select the “Screen Record” option. However, this is beyond the scope of this tutorial.
There you have it! A simple way to capture screenshots on Mac, without having to go out and buy/download any additional software. Hope this helps!
I'm a young writer from South Africa, chronicling the changing tides in the ever-flowing river of technology. Focusing mainly on Apple-related technologies, I enjoy sharing my opinion and giving a few tips and tricks here and there on the latest and greatest from 1 Infinite Loop. I'm an avid blogger, and an even more avid reader.