How do I take a screenshot? On the other Mac I was using, grab was installed, but paying for screenshots seems excessive.

System Software Overview:

  System Version:   Mac OS X 10.7.5 (11G63)
  Kernel Version:   Darwin 11.4.2
  Boot Volume:  Untitled
  Boot Mode:    Normal
  Computer Name:    a MacBook
  User Name:    thufir (thufir)
  Secure Virtual Memory:    Enabled
  64-bit Kernel and Extensions: No
  Time since boot:  53 minutes

More specifically, how do I post that screenshot here on askdifferent?

I see that you can take a screenshot...but...where is it saved?

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    The first sentence of your link reads "Pictures of the screen (screenshots) are saved as files on the desktop" – Tom Gewecke Mar 18 '15 at 22:14
  • Grab is part of the OS X install so no need to pay – user151019 Mar 18 '15 at 22:45
  • To take a screenshot of the full screen hit cmdshift3.
  • To take a screenshot of a part of the screen hit cmdshift4. You'll get a crosshair, click the mouse button to define the first corner, hold the button, move the cursor and then release it to define the transverse corner. The grey overlay spanning between the two corners will be the screenshot.
  • To take a screenshot of a special window hit cmdshift4 then the spacebar and choose the window with a symbolic camera.

The default location for saved screenshots taken this way is on the Desktop.

To change the default location enter:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /path/;killall SystemUIServer


defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Pictures/

Hit the return key to set ~/Pictures as the location. You’ll need to follow it up with a SystemUIServer relaunch too:

killall SystemUIServer

If you want to save them in a new folder create a new folder first with

mkdir ~/Screenshots

To upload it hit the symbol pic (with the red circle in my screenshot) and choose your screenshot:

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