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Screen Capture on any Apple Mac

Screen Captures on a Mac

There are several ways to capture a screen on a Mac. Some people use apps like Skitch, Captur, Snagit or Jing etc
From the first Apple Mac ever made, you have always been able to capture a whole screen or part of a screen, using keyboard commands. This is my favorite - as it doesn't need any software to be installed.
All screen captures are saved in a png format and are placed on your Desktop and titled.
You can fully edit these files (pictures) in any graphic or photo software (like Photo, Paintbrush, Seashore, Gimp, OpenOffice.Org - Draw). You can perform limited editing (like re-sizing & cropping) when you import them into - word processing software (Word, Pages etc..) or presentation software (PowerPoint, Keynote etc..) or spreadsheet software (Excel, Numbers etc..).
You are also able to resize, crop and save the picture in a different file format (like jpg, pdf) using programs like Preview.

Command Shift 3 - captures the whole screen
Command Shift 4 - captures the screen selected - click + drag + release (to select)


Command Shift 3

This captured the whole computer screen, including the top menu bar. You can crop the picture from within Word - if you are using it in Word. Alternatively, use one of the apps mentioned above.

Command Shift 4

This captured the part of the screen I selected.

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Hotkeys provide keyboard shortcuts for common tasks. Some applications lose focus or disappear when you click away or move your cursor on the screen. To capture the active window, use Snagit's hotkeys.
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My iphone wont turn off and is completely frozen and makes the camera click noise when holding the sleep/wake button and the home button then letting go

Try a reset. Hold down the power key at the same time as the round home key until phone powers down. Release buttons only when you see the apple logo, then wait a min or two for phone to re-boot. You will not lose any data on the phone. You are currently doing a screen capture by holding the sleep button and home button for a short time. Hold them longer. Look in your pics and you will probably find several screen captures which you have taken inadvertantly. (ps this is an awesome feature in itself when you need to capture a web page)
If this does not work, try an actual system reset. Sync iPhone to computer to back up essential data ie contacts apps etc, then go to settings general and reset. Reset all settings as a last resort. This will give you a fresh start and should sort out the majority of any bugs the phone has. A resync with you computer will restore apps etc.
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I having problem with after I snag an image,

Open the snagit editor from the programs list.

The editor keeps the last few captures by default unless it was turned off in the options.

From the editor you should be able to see the image again.

Also check what file associations you may have set for additional programs and if you have set it just to copy the image to the clipboard. (a mistake I have made on occasion)

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I need SnagIt for the Mac (they don't support Macs yet). Safari offers "grab" tool but mine is grayed out. Ideas?

If you go to applications and then utilities you will find the application called grad that allows you to do screen captures and the like. Hope this helps.

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