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Chapter 5. Using Mac OS X Applications > Capturing Screen Shots with Grab

Capturing Screen Shots with Grab

If there is something on your computer screen, such as an error dialog, window, or desktop, that you want to capture as a picture to show someone, you can use a built-in utility called Grab to get the job done. Grab is useful for taking pictures of different parts of the screen, like the ones in this book. This may not be a tool you'll use everyday (unless you are a computer trainer or book author), but it may come in handy one day.

Capture Screen Shots with Grab

Display the screen you want to capture.

Open the Applications folder, double-click the Utilities folder, and then double-click the Grab icon.

Click the Capture menu, and then select the command with the method you want to use:

  • Selection. Drag to select a capture area.

  • Window. Click the Choose Window button, and then click a window.

  • Screen. Click a screen.

  • Timed Screen. Click the Start Timer button, display a screen, and then wait 10 seconds.

Click the File menu, and then click Save As.

Select the drive and folder in which you want to save the file.

Type a name for the file, and then click Save.

Quit Grab.


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