Taking Desktop Screenshots Under Mac OS X and Windows OS (Windows XP) for Boot Camp Users

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As you probably know, taking desktop screenshots is pretty simple under Mac OS X. Actually, you won’t know how simple this OS is designed as far as taking desktop screenshots is concerned unless you use other operating systems. Anyway, if you want to take a full-screen desktop screenshot, you just need to press Command + Shift + #3. And you can take as many desktop screenshot as you need consecutively or not consecutively by using this shortcut combination. Press Command + Shift + #4 to take a desktop screenshot after making a selection. If you want, you can open System Preferences and click on Keyboard & Mouse Preference Pane to customize these shortcut key combinations. (See Screenshot 01.)

Mac OS X Windows XP taking desktop screenshots
Screenshot 01: Source – MacHouse
Mac OS X Windows XP taking desktop screenshots
Screenshot 02: Source – MacHouse
Mac OS X Windows XP taking desktop screenshots
Screenshot 03: Source – MacHouse

By the way, default system settings are such that screenshots will all appear on the desktop. And the default screenshot format is set to PDF. You can change these default settings, using system utility freeware/shareware like OnyX, which gives you access to hidden Unix commands. For example, after launching OnyX, click on the Parameters button at the top and then the General tab. (See Screenshot 02.) Now, if you want to change screenshot formats, click on the pull-down menu under Screen capture format. Supported formats include BMP, JPEG, PICT, PNG, TIFF and more. (See Screenshot 03.) You can also change the default location for saving screenshots by clicking on the button that says Select under Path.

How does taking desktop screenshots work under Windows OS? What is the short cut key combination for taking desktop screenshots? So let’s see what Boot Camp users have to know about taking screenshots under Windows (Windows XP).  Continue reading