How do I take screenshots in OS X?

Mac OS X has the functionality built-in. Just use the following keyboard shortcuts. You may also use the Grab utility (Applications -> Utilities).

  • 3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
  • 4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop
  • 4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop
  • 3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard
  • 4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard
  • 4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

In Leopard, the following keys can be held down while selecting an area (via 4 or 4):

  • Space, to lock the size of the selected region and instead move it when the mouse moves
  • , to resize only one edge of the selected region
  • , to resize the selected region with its center as the anchor point

Leopard Only: To grab a window WITHOUT the shadow around it, you can use the Grab Clean AppleScript by Ryan Irelan.

If you wish for some advanced screenshot facility, the following applications are recommended:

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