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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4 System 10.8
I'm not sure when this became available, but I don't seem to remember it happening before 10.8. You can now take screenshots of sheets within a window by pressing Command-Shift-4.

A sheet is a dialog that drops down from a window, but is attached to that window. To take a screen shot of one, press Command-Shift-4, then press the space bar, which displays a small camera cursor that you use to select the window to shoot. If you want to take a screenshot of a sheet, press the Command key, and you can select only that sheet, and not the entire window behind it.

You can try this by going to the Finder and pressing Command-Shift-G, or choosing Go > Go to Folder; what displays is a sheet.

[kirkmc adds: I certainly didn't know this, and don't find it anywhere on the site.]
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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: BT on Oct 25, '12 07:46:52AM

Yup. I've been using it for ages. I can't test it right now, but it probably was already working on Tiger.

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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: arcticmac on Oct 25, '12 07:55:21AM

To be clear, the technique works for all windows, including the menubar and menus, including pop-up menus. I could've sworn I'd used it to capture a sheet before, but it seems not to work on 10.7 (which may mean that they changed the default behavior compared to an earlier OS where it did work).

The command line program screencapture allows you to exercise this and even more options (e.g. you can have it leave out the shadow). To capture a sheet (although I found that it sometimes leaves off some of the sub-controls in the standard save dialog), you can use screencapture -iwa file.png.



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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: August on Oct 25, '12 08:41:39AM

I just tested this under 10.7.5. It gives a cursor that I can click and drag to outline an area. When I release the drag, it "clicks" and leaves a .png file in my desktop with the area's contents. It doesn't seem to understand any window boundaries. Just -> what you see is what you get <-



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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: August on Oct 25, '12 03:11:28PM

Looking at the other comment, I find that hitting the space-bar after Command-Shift-4 does switch to selecting the window and creating an image of a camera. But Command-click is needed to actually create the copy. This seems to work on my wife's 10.6 system as well.



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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: enigmamf on Oct 25, '12 08:55:07AM

In Lion, you have to type Command-Shift-4, hit Space to switch to the window-camera mode, and then hold down Command to take a picture of just the sheet.

Second Edit: Just read the rest of the main post: It looks like this was just reversed in Mountain Lion.

In Snow Leopard, you could take a picture of the sheet or the window but not both. Lion made "Window + Sheet" the default with command switching to "window or sheet"; Mountain Lion just reversed that.

Edited on Oct 25, '12 09:03:30AM by enigmamf


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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: crisss1205 on Oct 25, '12 08:03:58AM

This has definitely been there for a long time, I remember using this when I got my new Mac back when 10.6 Snow Leopard came out. Maybe even before that.

Edited on Oct 25, '12 08:06:58AM by crisss1205



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Re: Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: uncle-al on Oct 25, '12 08:28:48AM

The spacebar after command-shift-4 has worked since at least 10.4, probably earlier (possibly back to Classic.) I thought it worked on sheets for as long as OS X has had sheets, but I may be wrong (haven't needed to capture sheets all that often.)

FWIW, holding down the control key during any capture (command-shift-3/4) will send the capture to the clipboard, and after using the space bar with command-shift-4, holding down the option key will leave off the window's shadow, which extends much further than you might think.

Also worth mentioning, the space bar toggles between the window and the dragged rectangle for command-shift-4.



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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: broomdodger on Oct 25, '12 08:36:39AM

Works in MacOS 10.4.11 on a PowerBook G3 Pismo



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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Oct 25, '12 07:46:07PM

Yes, I'm fairly sure this has always been possible but don't have an old enough machine around.

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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: DanJ on Oct 25, '12 08:49:50AM

Works on 10.7.5 as well. Also of note: if, while holding the command key, you hover the mouse off the sheet and onto the window it's attached to, you can take a screenshot of the window itself *without* the sheet, i.e. the resulting screenshot shows the window as it would appear without the sheet.

I'm not sure why anyone would need that feature, but there it is. Someone must have figured it' be of some use.



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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: ebow on Oct 25, '12 09:40:59AM
I recall using Command-Shift-3 (whole desktop) and Command-Shift-4 (selection) in Mac OS 9 and probably earlier. This Apple Support page suggests it's been available since at least Mac OS 8.5. Adding Spacebar to capture an individual window might be new as of OS X. Still, it's good to get these kinds of hints every so often because many people are not aware of them, and it's not necessarily clear that a sheet dialog can be captured the same way as a proper window.

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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: -dl- on Oct 25, '12 09:45:58AM
Screenshots have been in the Mac OS since 1985 per wikipedia

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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: kirkmc on Oct 25, '12 11:23:31PM

Thank you for that. Now read the hint.

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One caveat
Authored by: boredzo on Oct 25, '12 11:31:43AM

I just tested this with TextEdit's Save panel on Lion. It works a little too well: Not only does it not capture the sheet's parent window (as it would without ⌘), it also does not capture the child window in which the Save panel stores TextEdit's accessory view (the view that contains the encoding pop-up and option to imply .txt).



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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: serogers1970 on Oct 25, '12 04:06:29PM

This hint has been around for ages. I just tested it on a 10.3.9 eMac (yes, we still have those...UGH!) and I may have been using that trick even further back than that.
You can even capture individual pieces on the desktop (HD/app/file icons), the dock pieces (icons, or just the outline of the dock...although not sure why you'd want that), etc. Get the camera icon up and start moving around. Amazing what little bits and pieces you can grab in a screen shot.



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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: kirkmc on Oct 25, '12 11:25:37PM

Yea, except sheets weren't added until - I think - Leopard. So you don't have them in 10.3.

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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: david-bo on Oct 26, '12 01:33:35AM

Any source for that claim? IIRC they where introduced with Mac OS X.

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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: beepotato on Oct 26, '12 03:01:55AM

Sheets were indeed part of the original presentation of Aqua. So they were actually there even before the release of the first public version of Mac OS X.

However, the behavior of screen capture regarding sheets has evolved through the various versions of Mac OS X, which is what this hint is about.



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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: kirkmc on Oct 26, '12 03:46:03AM

My bad, that's correct. The behavior changed with Lion, I think, and prior to that they worked very differently with screen shots.

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Take screenshots of sheets with Command-Shift-4
Authored by: ShawnLevasseur on May 22, '13 01:28:44PM

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Edited on May 22, '13 01:29:56PM by ShawnLevasseur



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