Screenshot Question ?

Robert4

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Hello,

What am I, as usual, not doing correctly:

a. Want to take a screen shot of the entire screen.

So, I press, together the Shift, Command, and 3 keys.

Nothing shows up as a new file on the Desktop like I thought it should.
True, or where is it placed ?

I am using a Logitech Keyboard.
The Command Key is printed as: Alt, above, and Cmd below (in much lighter letters).

Am I not pressing the keys correctly ?

b. Same question, but I want to be able to select a portion of the screen ?

Thanks, as always,
Bob
 

DeltaMac

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Which Logitech keyboard do you have? Does yours have a Start key next to the Alt/Cmd key, such as a Logitech K480?
try that key instead (press Shift/Start/3). The file should appear somewhere on your Desktop, identified as a Screen Shot, with date and time as part of the file name.
If that works for your keyboard - you can try the same with a portion of the screen selected by pressing Shift/Start/4 - which, if that works, your cursor pointer will change to a + (crosshair), and you would simply drag that cursor to select your area. Release your mouse button to complete the screen shot.
The screen shot is just something that you have to experiment with a bit, to discover what works the best for you.
 

Robert4

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Hi,

Have a Logitech K 780.

Yes, it does have a button labeled Start, and right below that label on
the button, it has Alt Opt.

Tried it; doesn't seem to do anything.

Thanks for suggestions,
Bob
 

DeltaMac

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Try your Keyboard Viewer, just to make sure that the keys you press are what you think they are:
System Preferences/Keyboard/Input Sources tab. Check the box "Show input menu in the menu bar", then open the Keyboard Viewer from the input sources menu near the right end of the menu bar. You will see an on-screen graphic of your keyboard. Press and release each key to see how the system responds to each. You should quickly determine which key would be pressed for Command and Option, etc.

Just to re-check what you might be doing - try the method on this web page.
Should be the same steps that you are trying, but give it a "shot", anyway...

You can ALSO go into your home folder, to the Desktop folder. If that is in icon view, change it to list view. This is just another way to check if there are files on your desktop, but out of view for some reason (Files occasionally will be off the "edge" of the screen, but still on the desktop, just not visible :D )
 

Robert4

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Hi,

Thanks so much for help.
Hate to appear dumber than I am, but will blame it on age now.

a. Keyboards that shows up as graphic seems to have the keys, and their functioning of,
correct.

**How do I get rid of the keyboard graphic that is now on my screen ? Can't seem to find a way of closing it out.

b.Want to try your suggestion of seeing if the .png are being hidden on the desktop.
Where is this "home/desktop" Folder, please ?

c. Should also like to point out that after I do the hold down simultaneously
of the Shift-Command-3 (or -4) the pointer that appears when I
hold down the left Mouse button does Not change to a cross. It is what it always is, an arrow.

Always something to learn new, I guess.
Nice of you, and all the other folks, to take the time to help me out.
Sure is different than Windows.

Again, thanks for help,
Bob
 

Robert4

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Hi,

Got it all to work (I think) !!

I went to the Keyboard options, and noticed that there was a
reset to defaults button. That did it.
Also figured out how to delete the keyboard graphic.
Didn't notice the circle that turns red to delete it; kinda blended in.

So, all is fine now.
Much thanks again.

But, would still be interested in knowing about that "home/desktop" Folder you mentioned ?

Regards, and thanks,
Bob
 

DeltaMac

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But, would still be interested in knowing about that "home/desktop" Folder you mentioned ?
Your home folder is for your own user files, and also holds all the settings (.plist) files for your user.
Also, your home folder has the icon of a house, and also is named the short name for your account.
When you open that home folder, one of the items will be the Desktop folder. Inside, it shows everything that appears on your desktop (with the exception of a few items that are ONLY displayed on the screen, such as mounted drives, and other items that are temporary. You can always open that Desktop folder to show the files on your desktop in a different format, and is also a great way to manipulate files and folders that appear on your desktop, if needed. An example is when you are drag-copying a large number of files or pictures, and the process gets interrupted for some reason. That may flood your desktop with hundreds or even thousands of files - all stacked up and can be a huge mess on the desktop, as well as slowing down the finder to a crawl. Going quickly to the user folder, and opening the Desktop folder makes the "cleanup" a lot simpler than trying to deal with thousands of file icons on the desktop, where it can be a big challenge to do that all from your desktop.
 

Robert4

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Hi,

Interesting; I knew nothing about them.

Thanks for help, and ALL the tutoring.

Best regards,
Bob
 
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