Taking a screenshot from the iPad simulator

I just found out about a convenient way of taking screenshots from the iPhone Simulator (which, incidentally, is also an iPad Simulator). Just run your application and when you get to the screen you need to save, press Control + Command + C. The ‘screenful’ will be copied to your clipboard. One easy option at this point is to start Preview, create a new file with the clipboard contents (Command + N), and save (Command + S). It couldn’t be any easier, and it spares you having to connect the device and taking shots from the Organizer.

As a side note, you could have discovered this shortcut yourself by opening the Edit menu in the Simulator and pressing the Control key. Moral of the story, it’s always worth spending some time checking an application’s menu with the Shift, Control, Option, or Command key pressed to see whether any ‘hidden’ shortcuts crop up…

Credits go to Federico Mestrone

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7 comments on “Taking a screenshot from the iPad simulator
  1. Shahzeb says:

    The easiest method would be:

    1) press cmd+shft+4
    2) press spacebar
    3) Click your iPad/iPhone siimulator window

    Once you are done you will see a .png file of the simlator’s screenshot on your desktop.

  2. Rameez says:

    Thanks very much,its wok fine

  3. wzbozon says:

    Thank’s a lot, very useful. I didn’t even know, that it’s possible to take screenshots from menu.

  4. kaore says:

    Well this will save me some time, thanks

  5. alex says:

    In the simulator, cmd+S takes a screenshot and saves it to your desktop

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