Archive for March, 2003

OS X Screenshot Keyboard Shortcuts

Tuesday, March 18th, 2003

key command shortcuts for various permutations of screenshots in OS X to use as a tip when submitted a comprehensive list of ‘em:

Command-Shift-3 [window to disk] OS 9, 10.1.x and 10.2
Command-Shift-3 + then Control [window to clipboard] OS 9 and 10.2
Command-Shift-4 [part of the display to disk] OS 9, 10.1.x and 10.2
Command-Shift-4 + Control [part of the display to clipboard] OS 9 and 10.2
Command-Shift-4 + Capslock [active window to disk] OS 9
Command-Shift-4 + Capslock + then control [active window to clipboard] OS 9
Command-Shift-4 + Spacebar [active window to disk] OS X 10.2
Command-Shift-4 + Spacebar + Control [active window to clipboard] OS X 10.2

But wait, there’s more. I happened to visit Ken Bereskin’s WebLog again the
other day to find he’d also covered Screen Capture. Rather than link to it,
here’s his bit (it’s short and I’m pretty sure he won’t mind):

Screen Capture has also been improved big time in Jaguar. When you use the
interactive version (command-shift-4), the space bar will toggle between the
regular marquee selection mode and a new mode to capture just a single
the Dock or the menu bar. The cursor changes to a camera icon when you are
this new mode and as you mouse over different areas of the screen the screen
capture target is highlighted for you.

And of course, there’s more… Screen captures can be triggered from the
command line (and therefore AppleScript, perl, etc.) using the new
screencapture command found in /usr/sbin/

usage: screencapture [-icmwsWx] [file] [cursor]

capture screen interactively, by selection or window

control key
causes screen shot to go to clipboard

space key
toggle between mouse selection and window selection modes

escape key
cancels interactive screen shot

force screen capture to go to the clipboard

only capture the main monitor, undefined if -i is set

only allow window selection mode

only allow mouse selection mode

start interaction in window selection mode

do not play sounds

where to save the screen capture