Performing A Print Screen – Mac Vs. PC

It’s time for another Mac Vs. PC comparison. Today, we’re going to show how to do a print screen. This is a function that every computer user will have to perform sooner or later. I must admit the first time I got my hands on a Mac, I was confused about the whole print screen thing because a Mac doesn’t have a print screen key. You have to hit a total of three keys to take a screen shot, which seems very un-Mac like.

Helping me do this Mac Vs. PC comparison is Ashley and her trusty Dell Inspiron laptop. I brought out my light as Air MacBook. The comparison would be very straight forward – take a screen shot of a web page and crop it down to size in order to make it fit into a blog post. Ashley demonstrates how to perform this task with the PC and then I show how to do the same thing with the Mac.

This video features an After Effect animation created by Faisal Anwar of UrBanned. Look for it at the end of the video. Enjoy!


60 thoughts on “Performing A Print Screen – Mac Vs. PC”

  1. Chetan says:

    Mac is and has always been more flexible for me 🙂

    I’m a Mac too.

    1. Maybe I’ll get a Mac one day, but only when they start decking them out with carbon fibre bits like my asus lol

      1. Now that the print screen feature has been mastered we can all start making 40k a month.

        1. lol I don’t think Print Screen makes you 40k per month, but it’s a great tool either way!

        2. lol, that was a very difficult task, I have never wonder how many steps I done to do that. Now I know, very enlightful.

        3. 😀 This is an important feature when doing a screen shot of your account

          1. LOL, this is funny. Still we have so many Apple fanboys around. Common guys Apple is not everything on earth, atleast not when it comes to make stupid touch phones for overpriced money.

          2. Mac has no after sales support.. BEWARE…!!!

          3. LOL, I agree, what is the fascination?

          4. Jake Stone says:

            Make money online tips, my thoughts exactly, just bought MacBookPro for my wife and most of the time it lays in closet (Good Heavens a Closeted Mac!) and only comes out when it’s time to go to coffee shop down the road. It’s functional luxury that what it is.

    2. I’m in the process of changing to a Mac. I here it beats PC by tons.

      1. You have heard right! 🙂

      2. Paul B says:

        Yes it does, if you’re a 12 year old with an IQ of 45 who can’t grasp the basics of how to use Windows! 🙂

  2. I love using this feature to add graphics to any blog post or page. It really adds a lot to the post.

  3. I use fireshot to print the screen (one click) or Jing to print just one portion of the screen. I first save it as a jpg file.

  4. Jeff Gammons says:

    A feature I use a lot on my PC.

  5. I thought the Mac would have a better trick than a PC

    1. I thought so too, but I guess every great ahs it’s flaws too. I still love Mac though, regardless. 😉

      1. Max says:

        I think this trick IS better. Sure, you have to press three keys (instead of 2), but after you make a selection, the screenshot is immediately saved to the desktop. No need to open a paint app, past, select, cut, open a new image, paste again, save.

        Of course, you can also hit Cmd+Shift+4, then space, then click in a window (even if it’s not the topmost one) to get just that window (immediately saved), or Cmd+Shift+3 to get the entire screen.

        If you keep Ctrl pressed with either of the combos, the screenshot ends up on the clipboard, rather than in a file.

        You can also use Grab.app to do timed printscreens.

        No, as far as I’m concerned, the Mac has the upper hand in this area of trickery. By far.

        1. Jake Stone says:

          Hi Max, when you put it like that I can’t but agree. Mac seems to be much more efficient in this matter.

  6. You can do the same thing the Mac does using the Snipping Tool in Vista…

  7. James Wilcox says:

    You can accomplish a similar feat in Windows Vista by using the Snipping Tool but first requries a setup. Go to the start menu (windows button) -> all programs -> accessories -> and right click the snipping tool and choose properties. Point your cursor over the shortcut key and click. Then use something like Ctrl-Alt-P to assign that shortcut key.

    Now you can always hit Ctrl-Alt-P to capture just the section you want. It’s not built in, but you get the same kind of functionality in fewer steps than you did before.

  8. Ray Ebersole says:

    SnagIt 9 for me. Of course if you need to edit with a Mac it takes more keystrokes because the program that loads the printscreen is Preview, not an editor.

    1. Max says:

      LESS keystrokes, Ray. Three keys and a selection, that’s all. No need to start copy-pasting around in more than one paint document.

      Apart from that, Preview allows you to do crops, resizing, colour editing and mirroring/rotating just fine.

      Apart from that, you don’t *need* Preview for your screenshot, it’s automatically saved on the desktop when you make it.

  9. Chef Patrick says:

    I like how the mac does it, no need to open paint.

    I def need to get a mac laptop to do my video and image editing.

    1. Oh yes, I think we all now need to go and buy a Mac, since we know how to do a print screen in a mac now we are real Mac Pros.

  10. KiwiPulse says:

    Yeah mac seem more easy to print your screen. I should up for a mac on my next laptop purchase. Maybe when all the laptop will be touch screen! 😛

  11. Carl Nelson says:

    Sorry John but that was stupid. It seems your whole “PC vs. Mac” series is nothing but a showcase of how ignorant you are when it comes to using Windows. Which is surprising really, because you’ve been using it for decades…

  12. Faisal Anwar says:

    Hey John, thanks for featuring the promo title, deeply appreciate it! hmm..its about time I get a mac? hahaha

  13. James says:

    lol that is awesome!

  14. ASANT Media says:

    When I first got a Mac it took me forever to figure that out.

  15. Man I still dont have a mac, now I need an Ipod an Air macbook all that thanks to John.

  16. Andrew says:

    The macs print screen is a lot more versatile compared to windows. I switched 3 years ago and haven’t looked back.

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Hi Andrew, you’d better take a glance every now and then. You never know who is following you.

  17. Yeap, a great feature it is, though I don’t have a problem with windows print screen either 🙂

  18. Rajbir D says:

    I used Abduction. It’s a plugin for firefox, I just right click and select save page as image… and from there I can highlight any part of the page I want and then click save. It lets me choose different file types as well.

  19. Reyn Aria says:

    Hmm… a bit more complicated print screen process, but I still prefer mac nevertheless.

  20. Nice comparison. I’m just thinking what to buy a PC or Mac, damn it is hard decision.

    1. Jake Stone says:

      If you care what people say about you or think about you, then you go for Mac. If you are an individualist and don’t care what people think about you, then you go for PC.

  21. James says:

    http://www.grabup.com

    just a suggestion to mac users.

  22. daok says:

    Pretty lame. I think you just show to everybody your low knowledge on PC. With 1 key I can have the screenshot taken and uploaded to my website… you just need the good tool. Pretty lame post John.

    1. John Chow says:

      This is a comparison of what you can get out of the box. You can buy or download software to do anything but that wasn’t the point. And yes, there are tools to allow a Mac to do it with 1 key as well.

      1. Jake Stone says:

        Hah, most people are happy enough when they get their new hardware out of the shipment box. Not too many will be puzzled by print screen functionality. As good post topic as any other or maybe there have been few even better.

  23. Nice comparison…I really enjoyed it and I never knew your daughter was that old. I always thought you just had the younger daughter? Is she making millionaires like yourself and how much do you help her?

  24. Been using the good ‘ol Windows print screen forever now…very handy for those quick little graphics tasks.

  25. Razvan says:

    Oh, and now that apparently, it’s easier to take a screenshot in mac rather than in vista, we all have to buy a mac, right? Strong argument, indeed.

    On a less sarcastic note, you can easily take a screenshot in Vista using the snipping tool. After you open the application, you get the same target-like cursor as in your beloved Mac. Then, you select what area of the screen you want to capture, then select a file name and click save – but I suppose it’s too complicated to you, mac people, isn’t it?

  26. I use Windows and I love it.. No Mac for me. (Atleast for now) 🙂

  27. Did you get paid by Mac to blog this? hahahaha

  28. Pheak Tol says:

    I’m looking to get a macbook. the PC just isnt cutting it no more for me nowadays. So Im going to jumpship

  29. Akmal Wardak says:

    NICE! watching these videos make me feel good about my MAC.

  30. Jared Tysak says:

    mac print screen FTW!

  31. PC all the way. If you use Mac you can only do what they say, ipod only music. Over priced systems. Sure they work and look better.

  32. Silvia says:

    Mac print screen shows great perspectives!The video proves that.

  33. Personally i am an Ubuntu user, and i use prnt screen like crazy and i use an Adobe AIR application called WebKut! John you have to try it out, it has so much feaatures!

  34. Elliot Lee says:

    Nice video, but the keys you stated to use on a Mac are wrong. It’s actually command+shift+4, not “control” like you said in the video. (It’s an easy mistake to make because Macs often use command instead of control; for example, command+c and command+v for copy and paste, instead of control+c and control+v).

  35. Ryan says:

    http://www.skitch.com More versatile than just command+shift+4 for Mac. I’ve had PC’s and now I have Macs. I’ll never go back!

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