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How to make a Print Screen on Mac OS X

Updated on July 15, 2011

Desktop Print Screen or Screenshot or Screen Capture is used to capture the current display screen of your monitor and to copy it to computer clipboard to print it or save it for several reasons such as future analysis. After capturing screen, you can change the screenshot by using any graphic editing software. How to make a Print Screen on any any Mac OS X machine, will be discussed in this page. It's very simple and easy. Just keep reading...

Steps to make a Print Screen on Mac OS X

Follow the following steps to capture the current desktop screen or to take a screenshot of your desktop in your Mac OS X machine:

  1. At first, press & hold Apple key + Shift + 4 all together
  2. When you release all of the keys, then the mouse cursor will look like + symbol.
  3. Now press Space Bar only once and the + symbol will be turned to a camera icon.
  4. Now use that camera to capture the desired section of the screen (by mouse clicking).
  5. At this time, the picture file will be automatically saved on your computer's desktop.
  6. Make all the desired changes by using any graphic editing program or application to crop, to change the size, to change the color etc.

By following the above steps you can easily make a print screen on your desktop in Mac OS X computer.

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      Shelly2012 6 years ago

      You can try download Onde screen capture for Mac(www.ondesoft.com/screencapture/index.html).This screenshot software is released newly. With it, you can edit your screen snaps as you like. By the way, I like its freehand capture and freehand drawing.

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      Mishael Austin Witty 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Thanks for this tip. I just found another way to do this today using the command key, shift, and the number 3, then clicking. It worked, but it didn't give the cute little camera icon. I think I like your way better!