Including the Pointer in a Screenshot

In this lesson we look at how we can add a pointer to our screenshots with the Grab app. We also see how we can enable sounds for the Grab app.

When you take a screenshot using the Grab app, by default it does not add a pointer. Also, when you use key commands to take screenshots, there is no pointer. How do you add a pointer to highlight what you are taking a screenshot of? We set this up by going to the Preferences of the Grab app.

Grab App Preferences
To get to the Grab app Preferences, you select Grab in the Menu Bar, and then you’ll see Preferences. Elect this and you’ll see a new window open. In this window you’ll have different options for a pointer. You can also set if you want to have the Mac make a sound when it takes a screenshot. Just select the pointer you want, and then go back to Capture under the Menu Bar. Elect the type of screenshot you’d like to take, and the Grab app will add the type of pointer you selected when it takes a screenshot. So you want to make sure you position your mouse where you want when you select a pointer, as this is where the pointer is going to be positions.

See this lesson in Action
If you want to see how to take screenshots in action using the Grab app, I show you how this all works in the video above.

Selections and Timed Screenshots

In this lesson, we look at how we use the Grab app to make a selection for a screenshot as well as how to do a timed capture.

Taking a Screenshot of a Selection with the Grab App
Let’s first look at how to take a screenshot of a selection with the Grab app. Make sure your Grab app is open (if it is not, you’ll find it in your Utilities folder in the Applications folder). Once you have it open, go to Capture in the Menu Bar. You’ll see Selection.Just select this and then make your selection. Once you are done with your selection, the Grab app will open your new screenshot. From there you can save it, delete it, and set the file type.

Taking a Timed Screenshot with the Grab App
Now let’s look at timed screenshots. With a timed screenshot, you start the timer and then 10 seconds later, the Grab app will take a screenshot of your display. This is great for capturing a screenshot as you are doing something. I’ll use it to capture a screenshot of a menu selection as an example. I start the timer and then 10 seconds later, after I have my menu selected, the Grab app will then take a screenshot of what I am doing on the screen. You can see this in action in the video above.

To do this go back to ‘Capture’ in the Grab app Menu Bar and and then select ‘Timed screen’. A dialog window ill open, from there select ‘Start timer’. When you do that, the Grab will start a time, you have 10 seconds to set up what you want a screenshot of. When it takes the screenshot, it opens it in the Grab app and from there you can save it and set the file type.

See this lesson in Action
If you want to see how to take screenshots in action using the Grab app, I show you how this all works in the video above.

Using the Grab App to take Screenshots

Now let’s take a look at to use the Grab app to take screenshots of the display or entire screen, and of a window.

Finding the Grab App
The Grab app is in the Utilities folder. How do you get to the Utilities folder? It’s located in your Applications folder. You can also access from the Go Menu when you are in the Finder. In this folder, there’s going to be an app called Grab, with Grab, we can take screenshots.

Taking a Screenshot of your Display wit the Grab App
Once you open the Grab app, in the Menu bar, you’ll see ‘Capture’. To capture a screenshot, all you have to do is just select what type of screenshot you want to capture. To take a screenshot of your display, select screen. You’ll see a dialog window open expelling what to do. Basically just click anywhere outside of the is window to take a screen shot. If you have multiple monitors, you’ll want to click within the monitor you want a screenshot of. The Grab app will only take one screenshot and it’s of the monitor you click in, unlike key commands which take a screenshot of all your monitors. I demonstrate this in the video above.

Once you take the screenshot, it opens it up in the Grab app. From there you can save it where you want. You can also set what type of file you want it to be and delete it if you’d like.

Taking a Screenshot of a Window using the Grab App
Now let’s take a screenshot of the window using the Grab app. Go back over to your Grab app and go to ‘Capture’. Select Window. You’ll see a dialog window open telling you what to do. Basically just click on the window you want a screenshot of. Once you do that, it will open it up in the Grab app and you can save it and set the file type from there.

See this lesson in Action
If you want to see how to take screenshots in action using the Grab app, I show you how this all works in the video above.

Taking Screenshots with Key Commands

In this lesson, we look at how to use key commands to take screenshots of the Mac. This includes taking the screenshots of the entire display or screen, a screenshot of a window, or taking a screenshot of a selection.

Screenshots of the Entire Screen
Let’s first look at how we take a screenshot of the entire screen. To do that, all you have to do is hold down the Command key, the Shift key and the 3 key at the same time. Now when you do this, it’s going to take a screenshot of the entire screen. In the video above, you’ll see that when I use the command-shift-3 combination, I get three different screenshots. That’s because I have three monitors connected to my computer. So when you use command-shift-3, it takes a screenshot of all the displays connected to your Mac. Where does is save these screenshots? On the desktop.

Screenshots of a Window
Now let’s take a look at how you can just take a screenshot of a window. To do that, what you do is we hold down the Command key, the Shift key and the 4 key. When you do this, you’ll see your cursor will change to crosshairs. Once it does that, tap on the space bar. Again the cursor will change, this time to a camera. Now you just move the camera over the window you want to take a screenshot of and click on it. You’ll have a new file on your desktop that is a screenshot of the window you just clicked.

Screenshots of a Selection
The last thing you can do is take a screenshot of a selection. To do that, you use Command+Shift+4 again.You’ll see your crosshairs and just draw to make a selection. Once you make your selection you’ll see a new file on your desktop, the file being a screenshot of your selection.

See this lesson in Action
If you want to see how to take screenshots in action, I show you how this all works in the video above.

Importing and Exporting Options

In this lesson for Stickies on the Mac we look at the import and export options we have including how we can export all our Stickies into the Notes app.

Arranging Stickies Notes

In this lesson for Stickies on the Mac we look at how we can arrange our notes including arranging them by content, color, or where they are positioned on the screen.

Color, Translucence, and Floating Notes

In this lesson we look at how we set the color and translucence of a Stickies note as well as how we can make a Stickies note float above all the other windows on our Mac.

Zooming and Collapsing a Note

In this lesson for Stickies on the Mac we look at how we zoom or make a window fill the screen and collapse a window to just it’s title bar.

Finding and Replacing Text

In this lesson for Stickies on the Mac we look at how we search for text in Stickies including how we can find and replace text and search all notes or a specific note.

Adding Links to a Stickies Note

In this lesson for Stickies on the Mac we look at how we add and edit a link in a Stickies Note.

Adding Images to a Stickies Note

In this lesson for Stickies not eh Mac we look at how we add images to a Stickies note including how we can mark up an image.

Formatting Text in a Stickies Note

In this lesson for Stickies on the Mac we look at how we can format the text in a Stickies Note.

What is Stickies and Creating Stickies

In this first lesson on Stickies for the Mac we look at what Stickies are and how we create them including how we can create them from within another app such as Safari

Download Tutor for Stickies for the Mac

Download Tutor for Stickies for the Mac as an iBook. This iBook contains all the lessons from our tutorial. Once the file has finished downloading, when you open it, it’ll open in the iBooks app. If you download the tutorial to your Mac (which we recommend), when you open the tutorial in iBooks, the tutorial will also become available in the iBooks app on your iPad and iPhone. Once the tutorial has been installed on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone, you’ll be able to view all the lessons even if you are offline.


Opening the Camera

In this lesson for the Camera app on the iPhone we look at the different ways to access or open the camera. This includes swiping to the left from the lock screen, swiping form the left when viewing notifications, and through the Control Center. We also see how we can force touch the Camera icon to go into different modes in the Camera.