How to take Screenshot in OS X (Mac)

There are different methods for taking a screenshot in windows and Linux OS. But macintosh machines with  OS X has an inbuilt mechanism where in one can take a screenshot.
Depending on the keyboard used, the keystrokes may vary.

Screenshot of entire screen
If you are using Apple Keyboard the combination is Command+Shift+3 keys together pressed and released. Once the keys are released, the screenshot will be stored in the desktop itself.
If you are using Conventional Keyboard for Macs (Ex: For Mac mini, etc), the key combination is
Window  Key+Shift+3 
(See the screenshot below)
Screenshot in Mac (OS X)
Screenshot in Mac (OS X)

Screenshot of a particular Area
To take the screenshot of a particular area, then you can use Command+shift+4 keys pressed and released. Once released, you will get a + symbol with x and y location. Simply drag the area you want to take a screenshot and release it. Thats it!!!. See the screenshot taken using this method.

screenshot in mac using Command+shift+4

Screenshot in mac before taking a Command+shift+4

Also, there are other methods like storing the image to a clipboard and later can be used inside the document processing applications.  Also there is a provision for storing the screenshot files in an user specified location rather than on the Desktop.

If you want to record your screen, Mac OS X has the method using Quick Time player. There may not be any need for desktop recording application, the quick time player will do that. But if you need a complete customization pack, then you may think of any such app.

Pradeep Kumar TS


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