Taking a timed screenshot on a mac

Screenshots are a good way to share with people what you are working on. It’s also a good way to Identify or diagnose Issues. For Instance In case someone is facing an Issue with an application, one could ask him/her to send a screenshot. This would give you a better Insight on the Issues being faced.

There could be times where you have to take screenshots performing an action like dragging files from one window to another. Taking Screenshots the regular way would not serve the purpose. We would have to look for a different way to achieve this.

Remember the times before selfies existed! The times before smart phones had front facing cameras, the times when we used to use digital cameras to take pictures. In those days if we had to take a group picture, we would place the camera in a certain angle and set a timer. We would then run back to the group in time to be in the picture.


The reason I brought this up is that in this case you wouldn’t be in the group photo if you take the picture yourself, right? This was only achieved because of the timer feature that are available in cameras. Similarly if you would like to take a screenshot where you are performing an action, it is not possible to do that while “taking a screenshot” if you know what I mean. This is only possible if we have a way of timing the screenshot which could then capture the essence of the moment!

Mac has an Inbuilt feature that allows you to capture screenshots. This is done with the help of an app called “Grab”.  Follow the steps below in order to capture timed screenshots.

  1. Open Spotlight Search and search for “Grab”. Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 11.32.02 PM.png
  2. Pull down the “Capture” Menu and select “Timed Screen” .Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 11.37.21 PM.png
  3. When you are ready click “Start Timer”.Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 11.38.54 PM
  4. Then you would have 10 seconds to prepare for the screenshot when the app would automatically take it.
  5. Once the screenshot is taken, it would prompt you whether you want to save it or not. Keep in mind that the default and only file format is TIFF. You would probably have to use an Online Converter to convert that file format Into a more popular png or jpeg format. Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 11.39.27 PM




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