Self-Help Sheet No.1

Screen Captures on a Mac

There are several ways to capture a screen on a Mac.  Some people use apps like Skitch, Captur, Snagit or Jing etc…

From the first Apple Mac ever made, you have always been able to capture a whole screen or part of a screen, using keyboard commands.  This is my favorite – as it doesn’t need any software to be installed.

All screen captures are saved in a png format and are placed on your Desktop and titledScreen Shot 2016-06-24 at 4.32.01 pm.

You can fully edit these files (pictures) in any graphic or photo software (like Photo, Paintbrush, Seashore, Gimp, OpenOffice.Org – Draw).  You can perform limited editing (like re-sizing & cropping) when you import them into – word processing software (Word, Pages etc..) or presentation software (PowerPoint, Keynote etc..) or spreadsheet software (Excel, Numbers etc..).

You are also able to resize, crop and save the picture in a different file format (like jpgpdf) using programs like Preview.

Command Shift 3 – captures the whole screen

Command Shift 4 – captures the screen selected – click + drag + release (to select)


Command Shift 3

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 3.21.45 pm

This captured the whole computer screen, including the top menu bar.  You can crop the picture from within Word – if you are using it in Word.  Alternatively, use one of the apps mentioned above.

Command Shift 4

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 3.23.00 pm

This captured the part of the screen I selected.