How to Take a Screenshot of a Selection in Mac OS X Lion

Taking a screen capture of a selection of your screen is very easy in Mac OS X Lion. This takes only a few steps.

Take a screenshot of a selection using an easy keyboard shortcut.

Taking screenshots on a Mac can’t be easier. You don’t need any special software. Taking a screenshot is so simple that for me it has become one of the joys of using a Mac. I wouldn’t know how many people would agree.

Take these steps to take a screenshot of a selection:

  1. On your keyboard, press Command + Shift + 4. Your cursor will turn into tiny crosshairs.
  2. Using the mouse or trackpad, drag the crosshairs to the part you want to capture. Select the part of your screen that you want to capture. Start with one corner and then drag the crosshairs until the gray box is right on the part you want a shot of.
  3. After you’ve made the selection, release (your fingers mouse button or from the trackpad). You will hear the camera shutter sound indicating that the screenshot had been taken.
  4. Look at your desktop and you will see a file with a name like “Screen Shot 2012-01-25 at 3.27.01 PM.” That’s the screenshot you have just taken.

This command works in older versions of Mac OS X. The only difference is that in older systems, the naming system for the saved images is slightly different.

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