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Here is a neat trick that allows you to move the selected region to another part of the screen.

1. While selecting the region, press “Space” on the keyboard without releasing the mouse. You will find that you are able to move the selected region to any where you want on the screen.

2. Once you have moved to the area you want, release the “Space” button without releasing the mouse to continue resizing the selected region.

3. Let go of the mouse and it will capture the region that you wanted.


Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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How To Change The Screenshot Save Folder On Your Mac

Taking screenshots is quite easy on macOS, but to a new Mac user with Windows experience, it may seem a bit confusing. Screenshots are saved directly to the Desktop as opposed to Windows’ style of pasting them to the clipboard or being saved in the “Pictures” folder. You might be used to that on your previous Windows system and might want to change it on macOS. Here we show you how to do both: change where your Mac screenshots are save, and save screenshots to the clipboard.

How to change where screenshots are saved

If you’re using macOS Mojave, changing the screenshot location is very easy. We’ve detailed the steps for this below:

1. Press Command + Shift + 5.

4. Navigate to and select a folder where you want your screenshots to be saved.

5. From now on all of your screenshots will be saved to your specified location.

If you’re using an older version of macOS, you’ll need to use Terminal to change the location where you screenshots will be saved.

1. Select the folder you want to save your screenshots to. You can select or make a folder wherever you want to and name it whatever you like.

3. Type in the following code:


write location

4. Press your keyboard’s spacebar to add a period after the line of code.

5. Specify the location of your folder by dragging and dropping your selected folder onto the Terminal window. Alternatively, if you’re familiar with identifying and specifying folder locations, you can type the location in Terminal.

6. Press Enter.

7. Type in the following command to make sure the changes take place:



3. Make sure you don’t delete the folder you created/specified for the screenshots.

If at any time you want to revert to the original screenshot location (Desktop), type the following lines of code in Terminal and press Enter (after each line):


write location ~



How to save a screenshot to the clipboard

As was mentioned earlier, the Print screen function in macOS works a bit differently compared to Windows. In Windows the screenshot is saved to the clipboard, after which you need to open up Paint, Photoshop or any other photo-editing software and paste the photo to get the actual JPEG/PNG screenshot file.

This power feature is easier and useful if you’re just taking screenshots to add into a document and want to avoid the clutter of multiple screenshot files on your hard drive. Fortunately, you can also do the same on macOS:

1. Press Command + Shift + 4 to take a standard screenshot.

2. Press and hold Control while you use your mouse/trackpad to select the screen region you want to save to the screenshot.

3. Your screenshot will be saved to the clipboard. You can now paste it wherever it’s needed.

Alternatively, you can also use the method detailed above to change the default screenshot location to the clipboard. You won’t need to press Control at all. Simply select “Clipboard” in the Options menu:

Let us know below if you found these tips helpful.

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Shujaa Imran is MakeTechEasier's resident Mac tutorial writer. He's currently training to follow his other passion become a commercial pilot. You can check his content out on Youtube

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How To Take A Screenshot Of The Login Screen On Mac

Mac OS X has some excellent screenshot tools available, both built-in and third-party. These can be very helpful, in the case that you need to quickly put a guide together to help someone troubleshoot his/her Mac or similar. One thing that the default screen capture tool can’t do is to take a screenshot of the login screen.

Luckily, the procedure is not that difficult. It just requires a bit of patience, and two Macs. Both of them need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi, that’s all. We’ve detailed the entire process below, so check it out.

To get started, you’ll need two Macs. In this case, my “first Mac” is the one I want to take the screenshot of, and the “second Mac” is the one I’ll be using to take the screenshot.

Note: The “second Mac” doesn’t have to be a Mac. It can be any computer (Windows or Linux) that supports the SSH protocol. You can also run it from your Android phone, though you will need to have a rooted phone and install a Terminal app.

Enable Remote Login on your First Mac

The first step you need to take is to enable Remote login on your first Mac. Make sure both Macs are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Note: We won’t recommend following this guide while using a public Wi-Fi network, as remote logging into your other Mac over an open network may compromise your data. Proceed at your own risk.

1. Open System Preferences on your first Mac.

4. In the left hand checkbox window, enable the “Remote Login” option.

5. In the Remote Login section, you’ll see a string of text saying “To log in to this computer remotely, type “ssh …………………..”

Save this ssh string of text somewhere safe for quick access later.

6. Log out of your Mac to get back to the login screen.

Remote Login From Your Second Mac

Now, follow the steps below on your second Mac:

2. Type in the ssh string of text you noted down earlier. The complete command, after its written, will look something like this:

3. Press Enter, and your second Mac should remotely log in to your first Mac. Once successfully logged in, your second Mac should show your first Mac’s public name in Terminal, as shown below:

Now simply enter in the following two commands one by one into Terminal on your second Mac:

Basically, what this command does is tell your second Mac to log access to the account’s Desktop on your first Mac.

Enter the second command:

This command will set the screenshot type to jpeg, and the file name to “loginwindow.jpeg”.

That’s it. Now, when you log in into your first Mac, you’ll see a file on your Desktop named “LoginWindow.jpeg”, as shown below:

This is the screenshot you took.

Note: If you repeatedly need to take screenshots of your Mac’s login screen, be sure to first save each screenshot somewhere else before taking the next one, else your Mac will automatically overwrite the previous screenshot when you take a new one.


If you need to take screenshots of your Mac’s login screen, you can do so easily, by remote logging into your Mac and following the steps above. Just be sure to use this guide carefully, because if this “remote-logging” feature gets into the wrong hands, it could be potentially dangerous, for you and your ever-so-precious data.

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How To Capture A Scrolling Screenshot On Mac, Ios And Ipados

A regular screenshot only captures what’s visible on the screen, leaving out content beyond the display area. On the other hand, a “Scrolling Capture” (or Scrolling Screenshot or Full Page Screenshot), captures everything outside your device’s screen in a single take.

Rather than taking multiple screenshots of different sections of a lengthy conversation or document, a scrolling screenshot saves you time and storage space. In this guide, we’ll show you the different ways to take scrolling screenshots on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Capturing Full Page Screenshot on iOS and iPadOS

The native screenshot tool on your iPhone or iPad can capture the entire content of a webpage, a document, or an email as a single screenshot. Before you try the scrolling screenshot feature, take note of the following:

You can only take full-page screenshots on native Apple apps like Safari, Files, iBooks, etc.

Capturing a scrolling screenshot of a webpage only works on Safari. Third-party browsers like Chrome and Firefox are currently not supported.

Full-page or scrolling screenshots aren’t saved as images. iOS saves them as a PDF file.

With this in mind, follow the steps below to capture full-page screenshots on your iPhone or iPad.

1. Press the volume up and side button simultaneously to screenshot a webpage, an email, or a document. For iPhones with a Home button, press the side button and Home button simultaneously to capture a screenshot.

3. Tap the Full Page option to generate a full-page screenshot of the webpage or document.

5. Select Save PDF to Files.

6. Select the folder you want the file saved and tap Save. You can also rename the screenshot by tapping the auto-generated filename.

To view the PDF, open the Files app on your device and browse to the location where you saved the file.

Capture Scrolling Screenshot on Mac

There’s a built-in screenshot tool on macOS but it doesn’t capture scrolling screenshots. Interestingly, some apps (mostly web browsers) have this capability. In the next section, we’ll show you how to perform a full-page screen capture on Mac using Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.  

Screenshot an Entire Webpage in Safari

Safari has a built-in screenshot tool that captures and saves an entire webpage as an image. The tool is tucked away in Safari’s Developer menu, so it’s not exactly in plain sight. Follow the steps below to capture a scrolling screenshot of an entire page in Safari. 

2. Go to the Advanced tab, check the box next to the Show Develop menu in the menu bar, and return to the webpage.

3. Select Develop on the menu bar and select Show Web Inspector.

5. Give the screenshot a name, choose your preferred storage folder/location, and select Save to proceed.

Screenshot an Entire Webpage in Firefox

Next, select Download to save the screenshot to your Mac.

Screenshot an Entire Webpage in Chrome

Chrome also ships with a built-in screenshot tool but, like Safari, it’s also hidden in the Developer section. Here’s how to access and use the screenshot tool to capture a whole webpage in Chrome.

You can also launch Chrome’s Developer Tool menu by pressing F12 on your keyboard or using the Command + Shift + I shortcut.

Use Third-Party Websites, Apps, and Extensions

It appears that browsers are best-equipped to capture scrolling screenshots on Mac. If you need to take a full-length screenshot of content within another app, you’d have to use third-party snipping apps like Snagit. Note that some of these apps aren’t free. The developers often give a free trial period to new users but you’d have to pay some bucks for continuous usage.

We mentioned earlier that iOS and iPadOS only capture scrolling screenshots with Safari and a few other iOS apps. Platforms like chúng tôi provide an alternative to non-Safari users. Web-Capture is an online screenshot service that lets you download full-screen images of any website to your device in several formats. 

On the next page, you can choose to view the screenshot or download it to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Taking It To The Streets

Taking It to the Streets CAS alum’s food truck delivers bold flavors

Bon Me food truck, owned by chef Alison Fong (CAS’01), is a popular spot with BU students and staff. Photos by Kalman Zabarsky

In January of last year, Alison Fong bought a used DHL delivery truck from a man known as Big Jim. She then drove the truck to a Connecticut company that specializes in installing restaurant-grade kitchen equipment in spaces originally designed for overnight packages.

Buying and outfitting their truck was the first tangible step for Fong (CAS’01) and her husband, Patrick Lynch, in turning their business plan into business reality. Today, their Bon Me food truck—still painted a cheery DHL yellow—parks in Boston’s Dewey Square at lunchtime and on Commonwealth Avenue (near BU’s Morse Auditorium or near the College of Fine Arts) in the afternoons and evenings, serving up banh mi sandwiches and other Vietnamese-inspired fare to hungry passersby.

Fong had her sights set on law school when she graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences sociology program just over a decade ago, but an uninspiring stint as a paralegal and an interest in cooking led her to enroll in New York’s Culinary Institute of America instead. She then worked in several New York and Boston restaurants (some with kitchens no bigger than her 8-by-14-foot truck) before taking a job at Brimmer and May, a private K–12 school in Newton, Mass. There, she was director of food services, determinedly adding asparagus, quinoa, and wheat berry to the cafeteria’s customary carrots, peas, and pasta.

Fong has learned to master the most difficult part of running a food truck: remembering to put everything on the truck. “If we forget to bring our ecofriendly rice bowl containers, then we can’t serve our rice bowls—even if we have all the dozen things that go into the rice bowl—because we literally don’t have anything to put them in,” she says. To avoid such mishaps, she’s developed very specific routines—and checklists, lots of checklists.

Such diligence has led to consistently good food service and a loyal clientele, including Kelsey Shaw (CAS’12), who recently stopped at Bon Me for a bowl of noodle soup to warm her up between classes. “I’m obsessed with this truck,” she confesses. “It’s convenient, and I also think it’s pretty healthy. I love the flavors, and the people on the truck are really friendly.” Her favorite Bon Me dish is the noodle salad with chicken and soba noodles, she says, “but I think I’ve had everything on the menu—and I like it all.”

“We’ve had really amazing reception to our food and our brand during our first year of business,” Fong says. Bon Me’s 2011 revenues exceeded initial projections by more than 50 percent. In fact, the response has been so good that Fong left her job at Brimmer and May. She and her husband are preparing to open their first brick-and-mortar Bon Me restaurant, in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, early next year.

Watch a video about the popular food trucks on BU’s campus, including Alison Fong’s Bon Me, here.

A version of this story appeared in the spring 2012 edition of Arts & Sciences.

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Taking Health Care To The Streets

In the slide show above, see images from the Outreach Van Project, founded in 1997 by students from the Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

At first glance, Big Dave is a scary guy. Barrel-chested, with a long gray beard, the East Boston native wears a black hooded jacket decorated with skulls and looks a lot like a Hell’s Angel. In fact, he’s the local guardian angel.

“I had him straight for eight days,” says Dave, referring to a homeless alcoholic he personally led through the abyss of detox. Although the man’s relapse was a letdown, Big Dave doesn’t give up on his “guys,” most of whom are homeless and suffering from substance abuse.

“They’re a nice bunch of guys, just down on their luck a little bit,” he says, standing on the sidewalk bordering East Boston’s Central Park, where Boston University medical students park their outreach van every Thursday night.

“I watch over all of ’em like my own kids.”

Dave shares that job with the Outreach Van Project, founded in 1997 by students from the Schools of Medicine and Public Health. A rotating group of volunteers and a doctor provide basic health assessments — like blood pressure and heart rate checks — distribute food, clothing, and toiletries, and make referrals to other community services, such as detoxification programs and homeless shelters.

At one time, the project made stops in Cambridge and at Suffolk Downs racetrack. These days, the volunteers focus solely on East Boston, where they are the only street health-care provider serving the homeless, elderly, and immigrant populations — at least 40 clients each week. These people know that if they cancount on nothing else, the outreach van will appear rain or shine, every Thursday night

“They trust we’re going to be there,” says project cocoordinator Matthew Gonzalez (MED’12).

Brian Penti, a Boston Medical Center family medicine doctor, was one of the first project members. He acknowledges that the van can provide only limited care. The goal, he says, is to learn about clients’ lives, earn their trust, and persuade them to try other medical and social services.

“The project also teaches medical students that if a patient’s got a medical problem and is homeless, you’re dealing with a different animal,” says Penti, who volunteers regularly with the students.

Gonzalez sees the benefits: “If you’re going to be able to talk to these people about medical issues,” he says, “you can talk to anyone.”

On a chilly night in early April, the red Ford Windstar pulls up alongside Central Park. At least a dozen people move toward the van. The doors open and six students — dressed in jeans and sweatshirts, some sporting stethoscopes — set up shop.

They take out a folding table and plop down three, five-gallon buckets of soup, a bread tray, and bottled water. Some prep the back of the van, packed with plastic tubs of donated toiletries, canned and dry goods, and clothing (underwear and socks are big hits).

Within minutes, a group of people is huddled beside the van, holding to-go baggies or Styrofoam bowls of steaming soup. Others clutch shopping bags full of cereal, Ivory soap, and gently used sweatshirts. Students use broken Spanish and gestures to communicate with some clients.

Marie Hruska lost her job as a nurse’s assistant eight months ago, but counts herself lucky to have a home, savings, and a caring family.

“I saw them before I needed them,” Hruska says of the students, who prepare a bag of pantry goods for her. Although she’s never been unemployed before, she doesn’t pity herself. Being jobless here is better than it would be in her native Czechoslovakia. “Here,” she says, “people know how to help each other.”

Most people grab their meals or goods and leave. But half a dozen men hang around to chat with students, some of whom they know by name, and razz each other. Some are drunk or high; all are regulars.

Rooster has been on the streets for four years. Tonight he wears a Patriots cap and has a partial beard. He has broken blood vessels across his nose and a disturbing knack of crowing like a barnyard animal.

A student asks Rooster about his blood pressure. A tad tipsy, Rooster can’t remember. “Ask the doc,” he says, referring to Kelli Jarrett (MED’13). She pauses, blood pressure sleeve in hand, and says, “135 over 85.” Rooster seems pleased.

Freddy, another homeless client, saunters up. Big Dave slings a beefy arm around him and jabs at him for falling off the wagon. Freddy takes it in stride: “He’s like a father, a brother,” he says of Dave. “He drank with me years ago.”

A common clutch of medical problems afflicts street clients. Many suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, substance abuse, mental illness, depression, sexually transmitted diseases, and for some, mostly immigrants, the after-effects of torture.

Considering the terrain, outreach volunteers have learned to count small steps as major accomplishments. Rooster, for example, is one tiny victory. He calls Penti his primary care physician, recently started taking blood pressure medication, and got up the nerve to make his first appointment with the doctor, for later tonight.

Despite the X-rated banter and nonmusical serenades, the scene on the street is calm. Pam Emmanuel (MED’09), a project cocoordinator, says they’ve never had to call police for protection.

“They keep it under control for us,” Emmanuel says of the van’s clients. “It’s bad for everybody if something goes wrong.”

When foot traffic slows, the students start packing the van. Clients take the cue to disperse; Freddy walks across the park alone, and another regular sits on a nearby bench, finishing his soup.

The Outreach Van Project is grant-funded and always welcomes donations of clothing, toiletries, and nonperishable food items. Contact volunteers at 617-872-7782 or [email protected].

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