Mac OS X – print screen – screenshot

To make screen shots on a Mac is much more comfortable than on a windows based system without additional tooling like Gadwin Printscreen.


The keyboard shortcuts are taken from the Apple Support Page:

Command-Shift-3 Capture the screen to a file
Command-Shift-Control-3 Capture the screen to the Clipboard
Command-Shift-4 Capture a selection to a file
Command-Shift-Control-4 Capture a selection to the Clipboard

The format for screenshot can be changed with an easy terminal command:

defaults write type JPG
killAll SystemUIServer

Supported format are: JPG, PDF, TIF or PNG

To change the destination of the screenshots:

defaults write location /Path/to/destination
killAll SystemUIServer

To get more commands to modify your GUI check out:


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