How to Easily Do Screenshots in OS X

I am meanwhile used to get the question asked which screenshot software is the best on OS X, how to easily do screen shots in OS X.

The other day a friend of mine was asking me if I could not be so kind to develop him a small and simple tool to easily to a few screen shots from time to time.

Here come the good news: On OS X you do not need any special software for doing screen shots. OS X has some special key shortcuts natively embedded which make it convenient to easily take screen shots:

  • Command-Shift-3: Take a screen shot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop

  • Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop

  • Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop

  • Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard

  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard

  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

Paid software is only needed for enhanced features, for instance if you want to record a movie, sound, etc. But for standard functionality as quickly taking a screen shot of any window or a part of a screen the native functionality is by far enough doesn’t request any further tools.