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Macintosh 101

In Learnings on May 20, 2010 at 11:10 AM

look what I can do!

For folks like myself who have always felt a bit intimated by the beauty of Mac computers but had no choice but face that fear when they landed a job (read: got lucky) in an office that snubs PC’s, I present my blog series, “Macintosh 101”.

How to take a screenshot

I love the ability to take screenshots. It’s just one, well-labelled button on the PC key board. But on a Mac? Nonexistent. There had to be a key code, so to Google I went!

Thanks goes to for this tutorial.

1. Hold down the APPLE [Command] and SHIFT keys

2. Press 3 for a screen shot of the entire screen

3. Press 4 to get a “Crosshairs” so you can select just a section of the screen you want a screenshot for!

4. Press the space bar after you press 4 if you want it to automatically size the screenshot so that it perfectly matches the window it’s over. After you press the space bar, a camera icon should come up.

5. Know that the resulting file will be placed on your desktop, named Picture X.pdf for versions of 10.3 or earlier and Picture X.png for 10.4 and later (could also end in .jpg).

* Press Esc to cancel.


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