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December 7, 2010

Taking a picture of a particular area of the screen on a Mac

It can be very helpful to be able to show someone what you are looking at when you are emailing someone, especially for technical support. I show my clients this trick so that they don't trying to describe "that thingee above that other thingee". Here is how you do it.

Hold down the shift>command keys and hit the number 4. Your cursor will turn into a "bulls-eye" which you click and drag over the part of the screen that you are interested in. If you miss, don't worry, just do it again. The file goes to the desktop of your Mac, and you can attach it to your email. Here is a sample (at right) of the part of the screen that I am looking at right now. Remember that you need to do a click and drag to define the area to crop, not just a click.

A picture is worth a thousand words!

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