Quickly Taking Screenshots on the Mac

Everyone has a photographic memory,
but not everyone has film.

Screenshots are immensely useful — not only to document your work methods/settings, or to get that image in the browser that you just can’t save otherwise. I’ve used Mac’s Grab Application for ages, until I found the following keyboard shortcuts.


The advantage of these keyboard shortcuts (shift + command + 3 or shift + command + 4): The images are saved on the Desktop as png. It does not get easier than this.

Happy key-pressing.


  1. If you press shift + cmd + 4 and hit the space bar, the mouse pointer will turn into a camera, hover over the desired window (which then gets highlighted) and click. The result is a file of the desired window on your desktop.

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