Screen Capture Shortcut In Snow LeopardMarch 18th, 2010
Mac OS X comes with a capable screen capture tool built-in. You probably already know that using Command-Shift-3 is for capturing the whole screen, and Command-Shift-4 will give you a crosshair cursor to choose the area of the screen you want to capture. Both Command-Shift-3 and Command-Shift-4 will output the screen capture as PNG file to you Desktop with a name “Screen shot xxxx” where xxxx will be the timestamp.
Instead of capturing to file, you can capture the image to Mac OS X system clipboard memory. This will allow you to paste the screen image into another application such as Photoshop or Pages. To capture screen into clipboard memory, use Control-Command-Shift-3 for whole screen or Control-Command-Shift-4 for portion of screen.
You can also capture specific window or object on the screen using the Command-Shift-4 or Control-Command-Shift-4 screen capture shortcuts:
Press Command-Shift-4 or Control-Command-Shift-4. The cursor changes to crosshair.
Press the spacebar to toggle the cursor into a camera icon.
Move the camera cursor to the window or object that you want to capture. The window or object will be highlighted when the cursor is over them.
Click the mouse anywhere on the highlighted window or object to take the screenshot.