I ♥ screen captures.

I apologize ahead of time for the fact that this post is only relevant to Mac users. That said, back to the main point – I ♥ screen captures.

If you don’t already know how to do a screen capture on your Mac, it’s quite easy. (But even if you do, keep reading – you just might learn something new.)

To save a PNG file of the entire screen to your desktop, push down Shift + Command + 3. To get crosshairs that allow you to drag and select a specified area, simply do Shift + Command + 4. I’ve been taking advantage of this highly useful feature for years but it has one major drawback – it is extremely easy to end up with tons of screen capture files on your desktop.

Sure you can just delete them later, but when I recently came across a way to just copy the image instead of save it I wondered why it hadn’t occurred to me sooner to look up a way to do so. Now, I only save the screen capture if I actually need to. Most of the time a simple copy and paste will do. And the magic set of keys to press? Well that’s easy – just add Control to the ones above and you’re good to go.

And for those of you who already knew all of that, maybe this last little piece of information will make reading this more worthwhile. Have you ever needed a quick and easy way to record a video of what’s happening on your screen? All you have to do is launch the QuickTime Player application and select New Screen Recording from the File drop down menu. Click on the red circle and you will be instructed on how to record all or part of your screen.

From software tutorials to technical support troubleshooting, there’s a multitude of uses for screen captures and recordings. For Windows users that need a little help, check out The Mystery of the PrtScn Key Revealed.

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