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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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