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Photo Tips > Screenshots

A screenshot, screen capture, or screen dump, is an image of whatever is on your computer screen.

Windows

Press the Print Screen (PrtScn) key to copy the entire screen to the clipboard.

If you press Alt + Print Screen, the active window is copied.

In Vista, you can use the Snipping Tool.

You can copy the entire screen, a rectangular area, or a free form area.

Go to How to Take a Screenshot with the Snipping Tool in Vista.

Windows Software

HandySnap

ScreenHunter

SnagIt

Mac

Desktop

To create a PNG file (PDF file when using OS 10.3 or earlier) on the Desktop, do the following.

• Press Cmd + Shift + 3 to copy the entire screen.

• Press Cmd + Shift + 4 to change the cursor to a crosshairs.

Click, hold, and drag to select the area to be copied.

• Press Cmd + Shift + 4 + Space Bar to change the cursor to a camera.

Click the active window to copy the window.

Clipboard

To create a PNG file (PDF file when using OS 10.3 or earlier) on the clipboard, add Ctrl to the above keyboard shortcuts.

• Press Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 3 to copy the entire screen.

• Press Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 4 to change the cursor to a crosshairs.

Click, hold, and drag to select the area to be copied.

• Press Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 4 + Space Bar to change the cursor to a camera.

Click the active window to copy the window.

Grab Utility

Go to Applications > Utilities to open Grab.

Screenshots are saved using the .tiff file format.

Grab has four modes.

1 - Screen

Select Screen, and click on the screen, to copy the entire screen.

2 - Selection

Select Selection, and click, hold, and drag the area to be selected.

3 - Window

Select Window, click on the window to be copied, and then click Choose Window.

4 - Timed Grab

Select Timed Grab, and press Start Timer.

You'll have have ten seconds to get the screen ready for its picture, such opening a menu.

To Include the Cursor

Grab will copy the cursor as well as menus.

Go to Grab > Preferences, and select a cursor.

Saving a Long Webpage

You can convert a long webpage to a PDF file.

Do the following.

1) Go to File > Print.

2) Click preview at the bottom of the Print window.

The webpage will open in a Preview window.

3) In the Preview window, go to File > Save As PDF.

Mac Software

EasyCrop

Screenography

Screenshot Plus

SnapNDrag

Snapz Pro X

Open in Photoshop Elements

Windows

To open the screenshot in Photoshop Elements, go to File > New > Image from Clipboard.

Mac

Save the screenshot to the clipboard.

To open the screenshot in Photoshop Elements, go to File > New > Image from Clipboard.