You can take a picture of your screen or parts of it. There are a number of reasons why you might want to. You can save a picture of your account settings in Mail, take a picture of your screen when you get an error message to show someone who might help you interpret what the issue was or keep a record of how to accomplish a task in Word so you can repeat it later. My tutorials are filled with Desktop Snapshots.
To take a picture of the whole screen, hold the Command/Apple and Shift keys then type 3.
To take a picture of just a portion of your screen, place the cursor at a corner of the area you want to capture, hold the Command/Apple and Shift keys and type 4 then drag the cursor, now a crosshair, to the opposite corner of the portion you wish to capture. When you let go of the mouse button the area highlighted will be captured.
To take a picture of a just a window, hold the Command/Apple and Shift keys and type 4 then hit the spacebar, now the cursor will look like a camera, move the cursor over the window you want and then click the mouse.
These pictures will be saved to your desktop with the name Picture1, Picture2 etc. Depending on your Mac OS they will be saved as a .tiff, .pdf or .jpeg. When you double-click on them they will open in the Preview program unless you have mapped the file type to another program.
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