Working with a Mac OS – 1

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For the last couple of days I had the luxury to work with Mac devices, which was bit tedious at first. However just like the other cases, It gets quite interesting once you know more about Mac OSs. Here in this blog post, I would like to share few tips which could helpful for anyone who are about to start working on Mac OSs.

Note – I’m using Yosemite OS and Mavericks OS to perform all these tasks.

Taking a screenshot

This is not Windows OS. So obviously, ALT + Print Screen combination won’t work, In fact there are no Print Screen button available in Mac keyboards. But Mac keyboard has a unique key just as in Windows keyboards, that is Command key – with a symbol of bowan knot, which can be use to take screenshots.

In order to take a screenshot,

  1. Press Command Key + Shift Key + 3 ( Number 3 on the keyboard ) at once.

Screenshot will be saved to desktop automatically.

  • Taking a screenshot on a specific place.

As a testers, Most of times we need to take a screenshot of certain places on the screen. ( Example is where UI elements are not properly aligned on a web page )  You can achieve that task by following below method,

  1. Press Command Key + Shift Key + 4 ( Number 4 on the keyboard ) at once.
  2. You’ll see that the mouse pointer turns to icon which looks like a ‘target’. 
  3. Take the mouse pointer to the specific place where you want to get the screenshot.
  4. Just like using the crop functionality in Windows- Paint, crop the area  you wanted to take.

Cropped area will be saved to desktop automatically.

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