Screenshots on MAC OS X

While I started on my next project, a book about iBooks Author and the Publishing process, I needed to figure out how to make screenshot efficiently.

Most people who used a MAC for a long time probably know most of the commands but for me – a converted Windows user – the absence of a Print key baffled me at first.

So these are the most important commands:

Cmd + Shift + 3      Saves a Screenshot as a file

Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 3     Saves a Screenshot to the Clipboard

Cmd + Shift + 4      Saves a specific area of the screen as a file

Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 4      Saves a specific area of the screen to the clipboard

Cmd + Shift +4, followed by Space       Saves a specific Window/Element as a file

Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 4, followed by Space      Saves a specific Windows/Element to the Clipboard

The Format of the Screenshot can be changed by a Terminal command:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type JPG; killAll SystemUIServer

Also the folder where to save can be changed

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /desktop; killAll SystemUIServer

As I said – probably well known by seasoned MAC Users – but for the rest of us very helpful.