Screen Capture Shortcuts

It appears that everyone who uses a Mac knows about the two most common screen-capture methods:

  1. 1. Simultaneously holding down the Command + Shift + 3 keys allows you  to capture your whole screen.
  2. 2. The Command + Shift + 4 keys, held down simultaneously, changes your cursor to a crosshair cursor and lets you select an area of your screen that you want to capture.

Knowing the basics is a great start, but it might not meet all of your needs. Here’s where it gets more advanced. These two obscure methods are cooler by far and use the following key commands:

  • 1. If you have OS 10.5.x Leopard installed, hold down the Command + Shift + 4 keys, and this time press the Spacebar. Your cursor should have changed into a crosshair cursor and then into a small camera icon. You can move this camera cursor over any element you wish to capture. Once the element is highlighted click your mouse and you have captured a screenshot of just that single element, no post production required.
  • 2. Control + Command + Shift + 3 or 4 keys to copy either a screenshot or selection to the clipboard memory. Then you can paste it wherever you want, into programs like Preview, Photoshop, Fireworks, or whatever you use for photo editing.

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