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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options System 10.5
I'm not sure if these hot keys worked in 10.4 as well, but while taking a screenshot in Leopard using the standard Shift-Command-4, I instinctively tried the Space Bar (being a Photoshop user) to try to move the selection. To my surprise, it worked! So a few more include the following, which are a bit tough to explain in words, and are better simply tried out to see the results:

Begin taking a screenshot by pressing Shift-Command-4, then start dragging. Then press and hold the following keys while still dragging to modify the selection before letting go and taking the shot:
  • Space Bar -- moves the selection while maintaining the current size.
  • Shift -- locks the x or y axis, depending on which direction you move the mouse after holding the Shift key down. For example, hold Shift and move up or down to keep your selection the same width, or press and hold Shift and move left or right to keep your selection the same height.
  • Alt (or Option) -- changes your selection mode to resize from the center out as opposed to from one corner to another.
Those are the keys I've found so far. They're incredibly useful when taking a precision screenshot!
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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: simonpie on Nov 12, '07 03:27:54PM

Cool,

Also, before dragging, if you press space bar, you can take a snapshot of a window and choose any window.





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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: zebrum on Nov 13, '07 04:47:08AM

It takes a much nicer pic of the window in Leopard too. There is a bigger border which shows the full drop shadow.



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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: DCJ001 on Nov 12, '07 04:27:21PM

Here's one that I like:

If you depress the Control Key, then Command-Shift-4 (I use middle finger, thumb, index finger - in that order - of my left hand and depress the 4 with my right index finger) the selected are is copied onto the clipboard to be pasted in another application such as Photoshop, Word, etc.



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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: robg on Nov 12, '07 08:01:16PM
The control key bit was added in 10.2.

-rob.

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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: b3uk on Nov 13, '07 05:52:16AM

You don't need to press command _first_. Press command-shift-4 (with your left hand), then drag your selection, and hold down control as you let go of the drag.

That'll put it on your clipboard without having to take your hand off the mouse :)

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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: michelle_eris on Nov 12, '07 05:19:50PM

And as expected, pressing the escape key before releasing the mouse button will cancel the screen grab.



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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: jic2000 on Nov 12, '07 07:48:05PM

I can verify that these don't work in 10.4.



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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: earthsaver on Nov 12, '07 08:23:30PM

You can also combine use of Option and Shift to restrict central resizing to one axis, and Shift and Space to restrict movement of the selection to one axis.

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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: kostia on Nov 12, '07 09:12:04PM

I was really hoping this would allow me to capture windows that had been moved outside the screen bounds, but no.

I'm CERTAIN there are some widgets that are open and running that I can't see (they seem to have moved when I changed between monitors recently), but I have no idea how to get to them and quit them.



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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: meikokun on Nov 13, '07 02:53:07AM

you can see if there really are any widgets open that you can't see on the screen by opening the activity monitor in your utilities folder



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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: morespace54 on Nov 13, '07 08:37:11AM

An other option (not as nice as previous post) would be to open Widget Manager, deselect *all* your widgets (which will closed them) then reselect the ones you use.



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10.5: Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: Kiwibloke on Nov 13, '07 01:25:45AM

I tried it but up-stuffed and clicked the space bar, after command shift 4, without click-dragging first. The cursor turns into a camera icon and high-lights the window beneath it, clicking then grabs all of the contents of the window.

Doing it over a partially obscured window grabs all of that one.

regards



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10.4 (!): Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: tobyvoss on Nov 13, '07 03:45:25AM

i can confirm that this works in 10.4, offering functionality you'd otherwise need the Grab.app services for. insanely useful!



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10.4 (!): Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: JimAkin on Nov 13, '07 05:09:30AM

Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I can't get it to work in OS X 10.4.

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10.4 (!): Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: DCJ001 on Nov 13, '07 05:22:40AM

If it's not working for you, you might be pressing the 4 key on the number keypad (which does not work). It's important to use the 4 key that is above the E & R on the main keyboard.



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10.4 (!): Use extra region capture screenshot options
Authored by: robg on Nov 13, '07 05:24:07AM
Camera-capture mode has also been around since 10.2.

-rob.

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Comments Summarized
Authored by: sr105 on Nov 13, '07 07:18:08AM
  • Cmd + Opt + 3 -- Whole Screen
  • Cmd + Opt + 4 -- Cross Hairs
    • immediately
      • Space -- switches to Capture Window
    • while moving
      • Space -- maintains capture size while moving the capture box
      • Shift -- locks the X or Y axis depending on next movement
      • Option -- resize from a center point rather than from a corner
      • Space + Shift -- restrict box movement to one axis
      • Option + Shift -- restrict central resize to one axis
    • when done (add these before releasing mouse button)
      • Control -- captures to clipboard
      • Escape -- cancel


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Comments Summarized
Authored by: bkemper on Nov 13, '07 07:56:26AM

Command-SHIFT-3 and Command-SHIFT-4 (not option).



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Comments Summarized (corrected)
Authored by: sr105 on Nov 13, '07 09:40:34AM
thanks.

  • Cmd + Shift + 3 -- Whole Screen
  • Cmd + Shift + 4 -- Cross Hairs
    • immediately
      • Space -- switches to Capture Window
    • while moving
      • Space -- maintains capture size while moving the capture box
      • Shift -- locks the X or Y axis depending on next movement
      • Option -- resize from a center point rather than from a corner
      • Space + Shift -- restrict box movement to one axis
      • Option + Shift -- restrict central resize to one axis
    • when done (add these before releasing mouse button)
      • Control -- captures to clipboard
      • Escape -- cancel


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Comments Summarized
Authored by: DCJ001 on Nov 13, '07 08:22:13AM

By: sr105 on Tue, Nov 13 '07 at 7:18AM PST
Cmd + Opt + 3 -- Whole Screen
Cmd + Opt + 4 -- Cross Hairs

Actually, the following is correct:

Cmd + Shift + 3 -- Whole Screen
Cmd + Shift + 4 -- Cross Hairs



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