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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Macs Just Work

Okay, so I don't really love Windows. In general, it's a tolerable system that I'm used to dealing with so it works for me. I am not a Mac Person. I get awfully tired of the over the top Mac love that oozes from Mac People.

So then Tracey pointed me at this site with an article entitled "One thing PC users can do that Mac users can't...". It made me giggle.

And then I had to try to take a screen shot using a Mac today. On a PC, it's just Print Screen. One button. Or, if you want to get all fancy and just take a screen shot of the active window, you could go two keys on it: Alt+Print Screen. To get the Mac to do this, I had to look it up on the web. And there was a pretty insulting answer that included terms like Windoze and PeeCee and such that said to take the whole screen, do Command (which is the name of the Open Apple key I guess) + Shift + 3. To take a regional shot, it's Command+Shift+4. Okay, good, no problem. Oh, and there's an update that says if you want the active window, do Command+Shift+4, then hit the space bar. Um... okay. So then I tried that and tried pasting it into a document. No dice. Hmm. So then I go back to the article. There's another addendum. If you want it to be on your clipboard, then you have to press Command+Shift+4+Control (four keys!) all at the same time (and don't forget to then press the space bar to take the active window!). Otherwise, it saves it as a file. Hunh? Saves it where? Named what? It didn't even ask.

Could someone explain to me why this method is easier? Or am I just failing to think different?


  • So Cmd-Shift-3 isn't "copy screen to clipboard" it's "take a screenshot, put it in an image file on the desktop or home directory". (To answer that part of the question, usually named "Picture #" This command used to trigger a cute little camera shutter sound, though I'm not sure if it still does.)

    Since I'm not familiar with the print screen functionality I can't comment on how they compare, but the other permutations are meant to save you the trouble of having to open up a graphics editor and crop out the part you want when taking a screenshot.

    By Blogger Laura, at 2:48 PM  

  • I asked a veteran mac user here and he didn't know that you could do that. He uses an app called grab to do screenshots.

    By Blogger IckleRick, at 3:35 PM  

  • Reaching back to my Mac support days (when System 7 was new!), it has a hard coded name, which is saved either to the desktop or the rot level of your start up drive. It's called something very simple like capture, or picture or something. You can do a search for files created within a certain period of time and look at the ones you don't recognize

    By Blogger Chris S, at 11:32 PM  

  • Refer back to the video you posted on YouTube.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 12:50 PM  

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