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Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots

Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):

• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.

• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.

• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.

• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.

• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.

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Safari 5.1.1 (Snow Leopard)

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Although Safari 5.1.1 for Lion, which comes as part of the 10.7.2 update, now supports syncing of Safari bookmarks and the Safari Reading List to your devices via iCloud, 10.6 Snow Leopard isn’t currently compatible with iCloud. Thus, Safari 5.1.1 for Snow Leopard gains no new features, but it does boast improved JavaScript performance, and Apple took this opportunity to fix problems with excessive memory usage, along with stability issues related to Find, dragging tabs, managing extensions, and the Silverlight plug-in used by Netflix and other sites. Other bugs fixed include problems with printing, entering East Asian characters into pages with Flash content, History items appearing incorrectly, and automatic updates to the Google Safe Browsing Service. In Snow Leopard, Safari 5.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and Security Update 2011-006. (Free, 47.05 MB)

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Take Safari 5 far beyond basic Web browsing with this ebook from Mac expert Sharon Zardetto. Come up to speed on the new extensions and Reader features, and hone your skills at loading tabs, searching, filling out forms, using RSS, and more.

 

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