Show the cursor in your OSX screenshot

Tags: apple

I normally make screenshots in OSX with command-shift-4. Then I can select an area on the screen and I’ll get a Screen Shot 2012-09-21 at 18.56.12.png in my Desktop folder.

Sometimes I press Space after the command-shift-4 to grab a whole window.

Command-shift-3 gives you the whole screen. It sensibly excludes the cursor. But yesterday I had to show the cursor in the screenshot as I wanted to show how to select part of a graph in Flot, a javascript graph library. Select a bit of the graph and Flot will zoom in on that range. Very handy for big data sets. But how to get the cursor in?

I found the solution online (where else). Use the OSX-bundled Grab program. In its preferences you can set the cursor type. Take a timed screenshot (it fires after 10 seconds). You can save the output as .tiff, but I just took a regular screenshot with command-shift-4 of Grab’s window with exactly the area I wanted :-)

Here’s the screenshot: logo

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