You might be aware of keyboard shortcuts for things like copying (cmd+c), pasting (cmd+v) and saving (cmd+s), but there are so many other things you can do really quick with just knowing a few key commands.
Below is a typical Mac laptop keyboard layout:
By holding down certain combinations, we can save a screenshot to the desktop, copy it to the clipboard, save a selection of the screen to the desktop or copy a selection of the screen to the clipboard.
Copying to clipboard is often more useful, especially when creating resources and you want to paste an image into a Word or Google Doc.
What is important with key commands is that you hold down the modifier keys (shift, ctrl, cmd, alt or fn) prior to pressing the letter or number key in the combination - i.e. hold cmd while you press 'c' to copy.
Save Screenshot to Desktop - cmd+shift+3
This key combination will take a snapshot of your whole screen and place it on your desktop. The file name will be the date and time the snapshot was taken.
Copy Screenshot to Clipboard - cmd+shift+ctrl+3
This combination of keys allows you to store a snapshot of the screen in the clipboard, allowing you to paste straight into another document like Google Slides, Docs or Microsoft office. Remember to paste, you just use cmd+v.
Save Selection to Desktop - cmd+shift+4
Like the save screenshot to desktop command, this will store the file on the desktop using the date and time format. The difference is that when you use the key combination, a crosshair will appea and you can select the part of the screen to 'snap' an image of. Saves you cropping out the superfluous later!
Copy Selection to Clipboard - cmd+shift+ctrl+4
As with the copy screenshot to clipboard, this function makes the image available in the clipboard for pasting into other applications nice an quickly using cmd+v, but, like the last key command, this produces a crosshair with which to select the section of the screen you wish to add to the clipboard.
Although there are programs like Skitch to use for taking and editing screenshots, when you want something quick with no editing features, using these key commands saves having yet ANOTHER app open on your Mac, slowing it down.
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