Instant Screenshot

For years, I’ve been a Windows user. However, since I’m doing a lot of iPhone development, I’m working a lot more on MacOs X. I’ve got to admit, I’m impressed by the operating system.

Today, as I was preparing a Powerpoint presentation, I discovered a feature so cool on this Apple Pro Tip page (no longuer available). Apparently, MacOs X has advanced screenshot functionality built-in the system.

Okay, you probably already know the ol’ Command-Shift-3 shortcut for taking a screen capture of your entire screen, and you may even know about Command-Shift-4, which gives you a crosshair cursor so you can choose which area of the screen you want to capture. But perhaps the coolest, most-secret hidden capture shortcut is Control-Command-Shift-3 (or 4), which, instead of creating a file on your desktop, copies the capture into your Clipboard memory, so you can paste it where you want. (I use this to paste screen captures right into Photoshop.)

Okey, that’s wicked cool. Making the presentation was a breeze … I have to admit, I’m starting to like this operating system a lot.

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About Alex Denault

Veteran software developer / sysadmin and holds a PhD in Computer Science. Avid computer enthusiast (geek) who has been dabbling with technology ever since his Dad brought home an 8086 computer.
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