In this new series called Tips and Tricks I am showing off some simple but effective tools you can use in order to make your life a little bit easier on your iPad and Mac.
For my first installment, I wanted to talk about taking screenshots on the iPad. For those who don’t know you can take a screenshot on an iPad by pressing the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button simultaneously. If you have one of the new iPad Pros without a home button you can press the Sleep/Wake button and the Volume up button. Screenshots like this have been a way of life for many people over the years iOS has supported it.
One thing you may not know is that you can take screenshots on your iPad using the same screenshot keyboard shortcuts as a Mac.
If you press ⌘+Shift+3 you can take a screenshot of your iPad and it will show up on the bottom left hand corner.
You can also take multiple screenshots and it will show up on the bottom left hand corner as a stack.
From there you can share those screenshots by tapping and holding on the single screenshot or stack of screenshots.
If you want to edit these screenshots you can tap and release the screenshot to enter editing mode.
But, if you know that you want to take a screenshot and edit it, whether that be adding annotations or cropping it you can do so with the keyboard shortcut ⌘+Shift+4. When you do this you can edit it as soon as you take the screenshot. Matt Birchler showed a great example of this on Twitter.
As you can see, if you wanted to make a quick selection of a number of apps on your home screen you can do so with just a few presses on the keyboard. You may not use this trick everyday, but it can come in handy if you want to share something on your iPad but want to edit it first.