Monday, May 5, 2008, 05:58 PM – Tips and Hints

Grab is a cool little utility built into the OS X operating system. It lets you, well– grab things. It is one of the things I keep handy in my Dock because it use it constantly. You find it in Applications > Utilities > Grab.

{To add something to your Dock, find the original item in the Applications folder. Click on it once so that it is highlighted. Continue to hold down the mouse button and drag the image to the Dock. Release the mouse button. What you have done is create an alias of the original.]

When Grab is the active application you will see a Capture menu in the toolbar. From that menu you can choose to take a picture of a selection, a window, the entire screen, or a timed screen. Just think of the possibilities of what you can do with a timed screen. You can hold down a menu and take a picture of it and send it to someone if you want to ask a question. This is a great tool for beginners.

Conversely, I use it all the time when I am making training documents because it help illustrate tasks step by step.

You can also use it to take a quick picture of something you want to save that you see on the Internet or portion of a document that you want to save. You want to print out the recipe for Divinity on my web page, but don’t want all the other recipes — use Grab to copy just the Divinity recipe. You can use it to take a picture of anything at all that you want to record. It is quick and easy, particularly if you have it in your Dock, ready to use. Give it a try. I bet you will like it too.


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