Grabbing screenshots on your Mac is an art. You need the right tool. You need a good touch. And you need to remember all the steps.
The old fashioned way of grabbing screenshots was easy. Command+Shift+4 captures the whole screen and saves it as an image. Or, Control+Shift+Command+4 gives your mouse pointer crosshairs so you grab and select an area of the screen to copy to the Mac’s clipboard.
There are two easier ways than remember which keystroke combos do what.
Grab is an app in your Mac’s Applications > Utilities folder. It grabs screen, windows, whatever, but it’s a multi-step process.
GrabIt is a cheap app for your Mac that lets you grab something on your Mac’s screen, save it as an image, or double-click the image and reduce the size.
The app sits in your Mac’s Menubar (thanks, Apple, for widescreen Macs with extra Menubar real estate). Click the GrabIt icon. Then, grab an image on the Mac’s screen. For example, grab an image in a Safari web page.
As soon as you grab the image, GrabIt surrounds the image with a big fat border. If you double-click the image, it gets smaller. Double-click it again and it reverts to normal size.
Other options in the border include deleting the image, or saving it to your Mac. This is a remarkably handy way to grab and save screen elements; images, windows, etc., without having to call up an app and try to remember how to use it, or try to remember the Mac’s built-in keyboard shortcuts to capture a screen.
GrabIt is truly a one-trick pony. There are no other features. Just click, grab, save.