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Take a Screenshot using a Mac

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Macs are known for being an easy to use computer, but there is one thing that is marginally more difficult on a mac than a PC and that is taking a screen shot.

On a PC, taking a screen shot is as easy as hitting the Print Screen button on the keyboard but Macs have a couple of different ways to take screenshots. Both are explained below.

Time: 1 minute

A Mac computer
An internet connection


This method will allow you to take a screenshot of everything on your screen.

Set up your screenshot.

Tip: Like a Windows screenshot, this method take a photo of the entire screen, so ensure that your mouse cursor is where you want on the screen, or completely off the screen if it isn’t desired.

Hold down the Command button and the Shift button, then tap on the number 3.

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To take screen shots, you will hold down the Control button, the Shift button and either the numbers 3 or 4

Retrieve your screenshot, which is automatically placed on your desktop in a PNG format.

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I really like the artwork in the game Lunaria Story, so I have taken this full screen shot.


In this method, you will learn how to select on certain parts of your screen to be made into a screenshot.

Like the first method, you must set up screenshot first.

Hold down the Command button and the Shift button, and now hot the number 4.

Your curser will change into a crosshair. The crosshair is used to select a portion of the screen, like a marquee tool. To do this go to the far corner of the section you wish to be in the shot, click and hold the mouse button then drag to the other corner. When you let go of the mouse button the selection will become a screenshot.

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I decided I didn't like the full screen shot of Lunaria Story, so I'm just selecting the part I want

The screenshot will be on the desktop as a PNG file.

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Once I selected the artwork I wanted, and let go of the mouse, I got this PNG on my Desktop

Screenshots have so many uses, from capturing invoices or shipping conformations when shopping online to grabbing photos to use in training materials. Unfortunately, the Mac automatically saves screenshots in PNG format which is not compatible with programs like internet browsers. Luckily, there is an easy solution. Online services like pictureresize.org and convertmyimage.com
make it easy to convert all kinds of files, including PNG. The best part is that these services are free!

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