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by Tom Nelson

The Mac has long had the ability to capture screenshots by pressing the command + shift + 3 keys (that’s the command key, plus the shift key, plus the number 3 from the top keyboard row, pressed together at the same time). This simple keyboard command captures an image of your entire screen.

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

The other commonly used keyboard combination for screenshots is command + shift + 4. This keyboard combination lets you draw a rectangle over the area you wish to capture.

There’s a third screenshot keyboard combo that’s often overlooked, yet it’s by far the most powerful. This keyboard combo lets you capture a screenshot of a particular window element. When you use this keyboard combo, each window element will be highlighted as you move your cursor over it. Click the mouse and you can capture just that element. The beauty of this method is that the captured image requires little or no cleanup.

As long as the window element is present when you press this keyboard combo, you can grab an image of it. This includes menus, sheets, the desktop, the Dock, any open window, and the menu bar.

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