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Change the Default Screen Shot File Name in Mac OS X

Feb 16, 2012 - 18 Comments
Change Screen Shot File Name in Mac OS X

Screen shots taken in Mac OS X save to files prefixed with “Screen Shot” in the file name, but the names of screenshots can be changed to anything else. We’ll use a defaults write command to adjust the naming convention of screen shots taken on the Mac. This can be helpful for many purposes, and … Read More

How to Take Screenshots of Screen Savers in Mac OS X

Jan 17, 2012 - 4 Comments
Take a screenshot of a screen saver

If you’ve tried to take a screenshot of a screen saver before, you’ve noticed that the keyboard shortcuts disturb the screensaver and wake the Mac up. The secret to taking screen shots of a running screen saver is to use the “Test” button while holding down half of the key sequence, here’s how: Open System … Read More

How to Take a Screenshot on iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini

Dec 28, 2011 - 4 Comments
iPad screenshot

Need to take a screenshot on the iPad? If the iPad has a Home button, like the iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and the first generation iPad Pro models, then taking a screenshot is extremely simple with a simple button press combination.

Take Screen Shots from the Terminal in Mac OS X

Aug 11, 2011 - 8 Comments
Take Screen Shots from the Terminal in Mac OS X

Aside from the keyboard shortcuts, Grab, and other screen shot apps, you can also take screenshots of your Mac OS X desktop directly from the Terminal with the ‘screencapture’ command. Here is a detailed overview of this utility and how to use it, which allows capturing screenshots from the command line with ease.

How to Take a Screen Shot Without the Shadow in Mac OS X

May 26, 2011 - 2 Comments
Take a Screen Shot without a Shadow in Mac OS X

Instead of disabling the screen shot shadow completely you can take a one-time screen capture minus the shadow by using either the Grab app or by using the command line screencapture utility.

Disable the Window Shadow on Screen Shots in Mac OS X

May 23, 2011 - 4 Comments
Screen shot without the window shadows in Mac OS X

Have you ever noticed that there’s a shadow on every screen shot of a window you take in Mac OS X? If you don’t want those shadows to appear on your screen shots, you can disable the shadow effect by turning to defaults commands at the Terminal.

Take a Timed Screen Shot in Mac OS X

May 1, 2011 - 16 Comments
Timed Screen Shot in Mac OS X

You can take time delayed screenshots in Mac OS X easily by using the Grab utility or the Terminal app, included with every Mac OS X version. We’ll cover taking timed screen shots in Grab first because it’s more user friendly and doesn’t involve the command line which is a bit more technical, and then … Read More

Change the Screen Shot Save File Location in Mac OS X

Jan 26, 2011 - 101 Comments
Screen shots default save location in Mac OS X can be changed

By default, anytime you take a screen capture in Mac OS X, the resulting screenshot file will save to the current users desktop. This makes retrieval very easy and is very appropriate for the average Mac user, but for those who take a lot of screen shots in Mac OS, they may find their desktop … Read More

How to Take a Screen Shot on iPhone with a Home Button

Dec 16, 2010 - 11 Comments

If you want to take a screenshot of an iPhone that has a Home button, then you’ll find the process to be super simple. In fact, taking a screenshot using an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is really easy, and the process is the same on all devices regardless of which model it is as … Read More

Change the Screen Shot File Format in Mac OS X

Aug 16, 2010 - 19 Comments
Change the screenshot file format in Mac OS X

All versions of Mac OS X default to saving captured screen shot files to PNG format, but if you’d rather have screenshots save as another file type, it’s actually quite easy to modify the file format and change the default to something new. Whether the desired format output is JPG, TIFF, PDF, GIF, or back … Read More

Take a screen capture from the command line

Jul 11, 2010 - 3 Comments

Taking screenshots from the command line is made easy, thanks to a utility included in Mac OS X called screencapture. Here’s how to use it: screencapture test.jpg The screen capture will then appear in the directory that the command was executed. There are more advanced features to the screencapture utility though, here’s a few examples. … Read More


Jun 13, 2010 - 1 Comment

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Screen Capture in Mac OS X

Jun 9, 2010 - 12 Comments

I use screenshots constantly to share bits of information with people, and they can be really helpful when troubleshooting as well. Here’s all you’ll need to know about taking screenshots in Mac OS X, from capturing the screen in Mac OS X Finder and within applications, to changing the default screenshot file type, to taking … Read More

How to Print Screen on a Mac

May 13, 2010 - 150 Comments
Print Screen to the Clipboard on a Mac with this keystroke

What is known as “Print Screen” in the Windows world is called screen captures or screen shots in Mac OS X. You’ve probably noticed there is no ‘Print Screen’ button on a Mac keyboard, this is to both simplify the keyboard and also because it’s just unnecessary. On the Mac, instead of hitting a “Print … Read More

Taking Screenshots in Mac OS X and Changing the Default Filetype to JPG from PNG to Whatever

Dec 8, 2006 - 23 Comments
Finder icon on the Mac

Many Mac users take screenshots of their desktop for various reasons, be it showing off their setups, post to their blog or flickr, development, whatever. Most of us just use command-shift-3 and command-shift-4, but did you know there’s more options than just those two keyboard shortcuts? I’m not talking about third party apps, but options … Read More

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