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How to Take a Screenshot Mac OS X Panther

Mac is a very popular computer in the world. In fact, almost everyone wants to have a piece of it. One of the main reasons why Mac is so desired by many is the fact that it has a very sexy and classy screen. This is aside from its gorgeous interface, sleek physical design, and the operating system that runs it all. The fourth iteration or major release of the Mac OS X is the 10.3 codenamed Panther. Panther followed the release of Mac OS X Jaguar but was released prior to the much anticipated Mac OS X Tiger. This release has brought on so many changes to the Mac OS environment especially the screen display. It is now sleeker and more beautiful plus it is loaded with new apps and application supports. Of course you would want to show your screen to everyone especially if you have designed it so well. For this, you need to take a screenshot. Here, we shall show you ways to take a screenshot of your Mac OS X Panther screen.


There are several shortcuts that you can use to take a screen capture.

  • Command + Shift + 3: Pressing this will take a screenshot of the whole screen. It will then save it as an image file on the desktop.
  • Command + Shift + 4: After pressing the keys, select a desired area of the screen. This will take a screenshot of an area of the screen and then save it as an image file on the desktop.
  • Command + Shift + 4 + Space: After pressing the keys, click on the window that you want. This action will take a snapshot of that window and then save it on the desktop as an image file.

*Pressing Control after Command and before Shift will save the captured image on the clipboard and not on the desktop.

On the Terminal

Aside from the shortcuts that you can use to capture your screen, you can also use the terminal. You can use this command for scripts if ever you are to make one. Go on your terminal and type:

screencapture –iW ~/Desktop/screen.jpg

You can set the destination where you want to save the file by replacing Desktop with the location you want. You can also set the default name of the picture; just replace screen with your desired file name.

From Third Party Applications

Aside from the local shortcuts and keywords that you can use to take a screenshot, there are also third party applications available for use. They are equipped with some tools that will enhance the image you take. Some of them can even record a video of the screen and turn it into a movie. There are shareware apps that will take a record of the desktop and animate it and then save as a .swf file. Here are some of the software that you can use: Jing, Snapz Pro X, SnapNDrag, Screen Mimic.

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