Sunday, May 15, 2011

iMac Tip: Capturing an Image of Your Screen (AKA "print screen" in the PC world)

Sometimes, doing a "print screen" of your desktop -- which is simply creating a image file of your screen -- can be very helpful.  You can use these screen captures to write a tutorial on how to do something or you can use it in a graphics design project.  At a former job, we used print screens on a certain program because that was the only way we could print out the information in the window.

One of the first things I noticed about the Mac keyboard is that there is no print screen button.  When I went to my first One-to-One session at the Apple store, one of my questions was how to do a print screen.  There are two ways of doing it.

First, to capture an image of your whole screen, hold down shift, command, and the number 3.

Secondly, and this is an even more useful way, hold down shift, command, and the number 4.  This way is different because it allows you to draw a rectangle around the portion of the screen you want to capture.

This screen capture shows the menu for exporting PNG file to JPG using Microsoft Picture Viewer.  When you do the screen captures, they are automatically created as PNG files and are placed on your desktop.  I just now found out that Blogger will allow you to insert PNG files, so exporting is not totally necessary.
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