Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 11:06 PM – Tips and Hints
Here is another great Preview trick. You can take a picture of your desktop by holding down the Command Key + Shift Key + 3. BUT, if you throw in the Control key and make it Command Key + Control Key + Shift Key + 3 it will save the image to the clip board instead of to your desktop. You can then open Preview, select “New From Clipboard” from the File menu and save that image as a PDF.
Chances are that you won’t have too many times that you want to save an image of your whole desktop — maybe when you have a problem and need help.
This works even better for saving a specific item or a specific window. To use it for that, just place your cursor inside the window or item and hold down the Command Key + Control Key + Shift Key + 4. When you see the camera image, hit the space bar and then the mouse button which saves the image. Open Preview, select New From Clipboard from the File Menu and save that image as a PDF.
There are other ways to accomplish these tasks, but this is a real time saver and doesn’t require any outside software.