MacMost Now 163: How to Take a Screen Shot

Learn how to capture the entire screen or only a portion, then compress it to send it in an email. This is handy for sending bug reports or pointing out problems.

Comments: 9 Responses to “MacMost Now 163: How to Take a Screen Shot”

    Ted Wilson
    11 years ago

    I use the shift command-4 for snapshots but my windows using OS9 classic will be opaque white. If I use the command in a document that needs OS9 classic running I get an opaque white window while dragging over document instead of a transparent one and any image that needs to redisplay because of this will not show in the snapshot. This is on a Powermac G4 running OS 10.2.8 and is my work computer. My home G4 computer uses the next up operating system and I get a transparent window instead of an opaque one and the snapshots are fine. This opaque window seems to be something new on my work MAC so I would like to know if there is some setting that needs to be changed somewhere?

    11 years ago

    Ted: Not sure what the problem could be. Sounds like some bug that was squashed long ago — might be time to update that old G4 system if this is something you really need.

    Ken
    10 years ago

    Gary, how can you scroll and take a screenshot at the same time? For example, I want to take a screenshot of this entire page from top to bottom and not just the top half. Thanks

      10 years ago

      You can really take a screen shot of a long window because isn’t all on the screen. There are some pieces of software that I’ve seen that can do it, but it would depend on the application.
      If it is a document or browser window, why not print the document to a PDF instead? See episode 181: http://macmost.com/create-pdf-files-by-printing.html

    Ken
    10 years ago

    Why I didn’t think of that? Thank you!

    Elle Tran
    9 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    I don’t know how it happened but now when I take a screenshot, the image is way smaller than it used to be (it used to be real screen size). What can I do to bring it back to it’s original setting? Many thanks for your help!
    elle

      9 years ago

      Are you sure you are viewing it full size? What are you using to view it?

    Elle Tran
    9 years ago

    I usually take the picture then I glide it to my new email page…I always worked that way and the size was the actual size of the picture I took but now, I can hardly read it!! Please help me!!! Thnx

      9 years ago

      I’ll bet the picture is fine. It is just shrinking it visually so you can see it in the limited space. Try taking the picture, then opening it up in Preview. Make sure you zoom to 100%. If it is fine, then the picture is fine.

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