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As a business owner or manager there will be times when you need to take screenshots. While many of us know how to take a simple screenshot on our Macs, there are actually steps you can follow to take even better shots. If you have ever struggled with capturing an image, here are four tips that can help you achieve better screenshots.
As a Mac user, you likely know that the system is shortcut heavy. From navigating, to switching screens, to even opening programs, there is a shortcut for almost everything, including screenshots. With OS X there are a number of shortcuts associated with screenshots, and it is worthwhile knowing them:
With Command + Shift + 4, you can also press and hold the spacebar once you have drawn a shape to move it around and select a different area. Also, pressing esc will cancel the screenshot selection if you have say selected too big of an area.
Sometimes you may want to capture the mouse cursor pointing at something within a screenshot. You can do this by:
When you take the screenshot, the pointer will appear where you left it when the screenshot was taken.
If you have documents or files that contain images or text stored on your hard drive that you would like to take a screenshot of, the shortcuts will work fine, but did you know that you can use the Preview app to take screenshots as well?
If you right-click on the file that contains the information that you would like to take a screenshot of and select Open with followed by Preview, you will see the file open in preview mode. Clicking on File from the menu bar along the top followed by Take screenshot will allow you to capture the image.
When using this feature, you can select either:
Did you know that there is actually an app already installed on your computer that allows you to take screenshots? Most users rely on the shortcuts listed above, but these are actually related to the Grab app which is located in the Utilities folder.
If you open Grab (press Command + spacebar and type in ‘Grab’, select Grab under Applications), you can manually take screenshots using the app by:
The types of screenshot you can take with Grab include:
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Published on 25th June 2014 by Jeanne DeWitt.