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Print Screen in Mac OS X
Unlike Windows, there is no print screen button on the Apple keyboard. Depending on what you want to capture, you can choose one of the following methods to simulate a print screen.
Capture the entire screen
Press [Command] + [Shift] + [3] and release.
Click any part of the screen with your mouse.
The screen capture is stored on your desktop in .PNG format.

Capture an application
Open the application you want to capture on screen.
Press [Command] + [Shift] + [4] and release.
The cursor will change to a +.
Press the [Spacebar]
The cursor will change to a camera.
Use the mouse (camera) to select the application.
Check your desktop for the picture.

Capture a portion of the screen
Press [Command] + [Shift] + [4] and release.
The cursor will change to a +.
Drag your mouse (+) to select the area you want to capture .
Check your desktop for the picture.

TIP: To copy the image on your clipboard instead of automatically saving it on the desktop, hold the [Ctrl] key along with [Command] + [Shift] + [4].

Show Hidden Files in Mac OS X
Open the Terminal application. You can find it under Applications -> Utilities. Type defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles Yes. Launch the Finder to see the hidden files. They are pre-fixed with a dot(.). Please be careful while changing anything in these files. The OS X uses them to manage the Mac.

Useful shortcuts
Use [Command] + [Space] to open the Spotlight search bar.
Use [Command] + [Option] + [Del] (Delete) to empty trash.
Use [Command] + [Q] to quit an application.
Use [Command] + [Option] + [Ctrl] + [8] to invert the colors on your Mac.

Dock Tips
Add an already open application to the dock: Press [Ctrl] + mouse click. From the context menu, select “Keep in Dock”
Add a closed application to the dock: Drag it from the Finder to the Dock. From the context menu, select “Keep in Dock”
Remove an application: Drag the item off the dock and it will disappear in the cloud of smoke From the context menu, select “Keep in Dock”
Resizing an application: Place the cursor over the vertical separator bar and right click the mouse.



Automator Basics
The Apple Automator application allows Mac OS users to automate the repetitive computer tasks by creating a workflow. A workflow is a series of actions that will be executed one after the other when executed. An action is the simplest unit of the Automator like Copy to Clipboard By combining actions from different applications in the drag and drop interface of the Automator, you can create your own applications and plug ins. Here is how it works.

  1. Open Automator.app from the Applications folder.
  2. You will see 4 panes: Library, Action and Help on the left; the workflow canvas on the right.
  3. You can search for actions by typing in the edit box located on the top left corner of the application.
Create a plug in for sending mail from the Finder

  1. Press [Command] + [N] to create a new workflow.
  2. Select Finder in the Library list.
  3. Select Get Selected Finder items.
  4. Drag it to the workflow canvas on the right.
  5. Now select Mail application in the Library List.
  6. Select Get New Mail.
  7. Drag it to the right window, below the Get Selected Finder Items box.
  8. Select the Add Attachment to Front Message from the Action pane and drop it as the last action on the workflow.
  9. You have just completed your workflow.
  10. Click the Run button on the top left corner of the screen.
  11. The Mail app will pop up. Close it and go back to the Automator application
  12. Open File > Save as a Plug-in. Type a name for the Automator plug-in.
  13. Open the Finder window and click on a file that you would like to send as an email attachment.
  14. From the context menu([Ctrl] + click), select Automator and then choose the workflow you just created.
  15. If you have your mail account set-up, you just need to type in the details of who you want to send the message to. You can now send attachments directly from your Finder window.


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For this keyboard, what is the keyboard combination for a screen capture?


If you're on Win7/Vista just click Start and type "On screen keyboard". Hit enter and you'll find the print screen button right in front of you. Also, this link has other ways to do it: Take screen capture print your screen Windows Help

Sep 02, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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What is the keyboard combination for a screen capture when there is no Print Screen and no PrtScn key?


If you're on Win7/Vista just click Start and type "On screen keyboard". Hit enter and you'll see the print screen button right in front of you. Or you can find other was to do it on this web site: Take screen capture print your screen Windows Help

Sep 02, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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What is the keyboard combination for screen capture or print screen?


Here is a link to help: Take screen capture print your screen Windows Help .
Also, if you are using Win7/Vista, just click Start and type "On screen keyboard". Hit enter and you will find the print screen button right in front of you.

Sep 02, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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How do you "Print Screen" on a MAC OS X Keyboard


Push the "command", "shift" and "4" buttons at the same time. This will produce a screen shot of the screen which will be saved to the desktop. You will be able to open this file and print it.

Oct 17, 2012 | Apple Mac OS X

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Please tell me how to Print screen on a Microsoft ARC keyboard. There is a print screen above the Home button in blue but NO function button?


Actually there is no separate PrtScn key on the Arc keyboard. The print screen is a Function key combo.

Fn + Home

To capture the active window only it is Alt + Fn + Home

Apr 04, 2011 | Microsoft DA900013 Keyboard

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