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Geek Tip: Take Cleaner Screenshots

Being able to take screenshots is useful for many reasons, but no matter how practical your reasons, your shots can still be clean and aesthetically pleasing.

If you're a Mac OS X Leopard or Tiger user, you probably know to take screenshots with Shift + Command + 4, which gives you a little cross hair icon to select the area to take a screenshot of. Take that further and press that combo, and then hit the space bar. Instead of a cross hair icon, you'll get a little camera icon.

This enables you to take a perfect shot of one single application (even if it's buried under layers of windows). The resulting screenshot, like the one pictured here, gives you perfect edges, that cool shadow effect, and zero messiness.

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scissorz scissorz 8 years
i never even knew about this!! i feel so enlightened!
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
It goes to the desk top DDIBUONO.
DDIBUONO DDIBUONO 8 years
when you take the shot where the computer store the picture? i have leopard?
kia kia 8 years
Easy! Awesome.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
oooh cool. That's so much easier! What a great tip
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I like how using that method, you can take a picture of the dock as well. Nifty. :)
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 8 years
loopy beat me too it - works on Tiger too. :)
loopymoi loopymoi 8 years
This works on Tiger as well.
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