How to Take a Screenshot in Snow Leopard

If you previously have used Windows, you might have noticed that there are no “Print Screen” button on your MacBook or MacBook Pro, and then wondering how to take a screenshot. Here is an easy-to-follow guide that can help you.

There are different methods to take a screenshot in Mac OS X. Let’s start with the easiest.

Keyboard combinations

Command + Shift + 3 Takes a screenshot of the entire screen and saves it on the desktop
Command + Shift + 4 Select an area and it will be saved as a picture file on your desktop
Command + Shift + 4 + Space + Click a window The clicked window will be saved as a picture file on the desktop
Command + Control + Shift + 3 Takes a screenshot of the entire screen, and saves it to clipboard*
Command + Control + Shift + 4 Select an area and it will be saved to clipboard*
Command + Control + Shift + 4 + Space + Click a window The clicked window will be saved as a picture file on your clipboard*

* When you have a screenshot saved to your clipboard, you can open Preview and pressCommand + N and the screenshot will be inserted. You can also in an opened conversation in iChat or Adium, press Command + V to insert the screenshot in a conversation.

Using Grab

If you have trouble with the keyboard combinations, you can use the built-in application in every Mac OS X called “Grab.” You can find Grab in /Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities. After you have opened the application, click “Capture” and then select if you would like to take a screenshot of a selection, a window, a screen or a timed screen, which will take a screenshot of the entire screen 10 seconds after affirmation.

The screenshot will be saved to Preview, where you can choose to make annotations to it, and save it as the file format you like.

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