Using the Grab App to take Screenshots

In this lesson we look at how 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 with 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.

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