Tech Bits Logo & photo of hands typing on laptop

Tools Offer Quick Way to Capture Screen Images

Have you used the handy image capturing tools on your Windows computer or Mac?


For Windows Users:


To locate the tool in Windows 8, go to the right edge or upper right side corner of the screen, select Search and type Snipping Tool or just snip. In Windows 7, click on the Start menu and, in the Search box, type Snipping Tool or just snip.


To use the tool:

  • Click the down arrow next to New and select Full-screen, Window, Free-form or Rectangular. If you choose Window, click in the window menu bar area to select it. If you choose Free-form or Rectangular, drag the mouse to define the area.

  • After capturing the image, use the pen, highlighter or eraser under Tools to add emphasis. You can also copy/paste the object you've just captured by selecting Edit, Copy and then, in the desired application, Paste.

  • Select Save As to save the image a jpg, png, gif, or html (mht) file.

For Mac Users:


For Mac OS X 10.4 and above, click the Finder icon at the bottom of the screen and, in the All My Files window, select Applications, then Utilities and click on Grab. To use the tool:

  • From the Capture menu, make your choice to capture a Selection of a screen, a Window on the screen, a full Screen shot or a Timed Screen shot (which gives you 10 seconds to get the screen ready). Follow the instructions that display. The instruction box that appears will not be captured.

  • After capturing the image, select File and then Save to save the image as a tiff file. To save it in another format, such as jpg, pdf or png, click the tiff file to open it in Preview. Then, under File, select Export and choose your Format from the drop-down list.

As an alternative to Grab, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Command + Shift + 3 to capture an entire screen
  • Command + Shift + 4 to capture a portion of the screen - drag the mouse to define the area

The selection automatically saves to the desktop as a .png file and is labeled as Screen Shot followed by the date and time the screenshot was taken.


If you have any questions, contact the Help Desk through the TUhelp web site at or call 215-204-8000.


Have suggestions or feedback? Reply to this message or to


Tech Bits Archives


Twitter logoFacebook logo

Computer Services Logo We bring IT logo