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How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac
To take screenshots on a Macintosh1 is pretty easy and there are several available methods of doing it. We have prepared a summary of several simple ways, so that you can use the most suitable one.
Methods of Taking Screenshots on a Mac
Here they are:
If you need to get the picture of the whole desktop, just press <Command-Shift-3>. The screenshot is saved in PNG.
A part of the desktop can be captured with the help of combination <Command-Shift-4>. You will have to select the necessary area by moving a cursor. It will be a PNG file too.
A picture of an application window on a Mac is taken by <Command-Shift-4-Spacebar>. You will see the cursor in the form of a camera, which will highlight the window.
You can also use the Grab utility, which can be found in Applications - Utilities. It has a user friendly interface, so you will not have any problems with it. There are four basic modes in the program: Selection (captures specific region), Window (takes the picture of the selected window), Screen (takes the whole screen), and Timed Screen (captures the screen after ten seconds).
There are also many other convenient programs for taking screenshots on a Macintosh: Constrictor (Mac), TechSmith Snagit, iShowYou (Mac), Paparazzi (Mac), ScreenRecord (Mac), Screentool (Mac), etc.
Tips on Capturing Screenshots
These pieces of advice will help you to get better screenshots:
Give preference to GIF2 format, because pictures in it compress and look better.
Never reduce pixel dimensions.
Before resizing GIF files, the mode should be converted to RGB.