Helpful hints for Windows and Mac screenshots creation

Sergei Terekhov

Written by Sergei Terekhov | Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Screenshots are needed for bug reports, user guides, figures of expected results, etc. Sometimes one screenshot is more useful than long confused description. In this post I gathered methods of screenshot creating which I use in my daily work.

1. Original approach for Windows OS is Print Screen key. Screenshot will be put into the clipboard. If you want to place only a snap of the active window into the clipboard, then press Print Screen + Alt keys.
2. Original approaches for Mac OS are cmd + shift + 3 and cmd + shift + 4. The first one takes a screenshot and saves it on the desktop. The second one takes a snap of selected area and saves it on the desktop. If you press ctrl with these keys combinations, the snap will be put into the clipboard instead of the desktop.

3. PrtScr application is a pretty free program for Windows OS. It supports main features needed for screenshots creating:
- captures full screen, rectangle selection, freehand selection or active window;
- saves capture straight to desktop or to any file, sends it as email, edits, prints or sends to clipboard;
- exports as JPG, BMP, or PNG (transparent or opaque).

PrtScr app
4. Snagit is a commercial application. They’re versions for Windows and Mac OS. It’s a powerful application for screenshots creating, editing, sharing and organizing. The program has a free 30-day trial version 

5. Screenshot Plus is a dashboard widget for Mac OS X. The application has freeware license. It can take full screen captures, grab portions of the screen, and even capture windows, desktop icons, and other widgets. Captures may be saved to the clipboard or to the hard drive, or they may be exported to any application directly from the widget. 

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