Biological Sciences 300/301, Smith College | Neurophysiology

Appendix: Screen Shots and AppleWorks Posters

Capturing
screen shots

Press -SHIFT-4 (together, briefly) to change the mouse cursor into a cross-hair cursor. Place this cursor in the upper left corner of any figure that you wish to copy, and drag down to the opposite corner. You will see a rectangle that defines the region that will be copied. Release the mouse button, and you will hear a click. A "picture" has been taken of the region in the rectangle. It appears as a file in the iMac's top-level folder labelled "Picture 1", "Picture 2," etc. You can capture more than one window in a single picture by grouping the windows together and then capturing that region of the screen.

Since it is easy to forget what each screen picture includes, it is good practice to change the name of each file from "Picture X" to something more informative. In addition, to keep your pictures together, drag all screen pictures into a folder on the desktop with the names of you and your lab partner(s) as its title.

To view a picture, double-click it to open it in Preview, from which it can be printed. To paste screen pictures into documents using AppleWorks, see the instructions in the next section.

Using
AppleWorks
to make
posters

• Launch AppleWorks by clicking its icon in the dock. Select Drawing in the dialog box. A blank page with grid lines will open.

• Make the page appear smaller if it is not all visible on the screen by clicking on the small hills at the bottom left of the window. Seeing the whole page is useful in arranging your pictures.

• Insert your pictures by dragging their file icons from your folder to the new page. The pictures will open on the page. [If dragging does not work, double-click the icon to open the picture in its native application, Select All (Edit menu), Copy (Edit menu), reactivate the AppleWorks page by clicking it, and Paste the picture (Edit menu). You can close the window with the original picture in it.]

• You can move pictures by selecting the arrow tool , clicking on a picture to activate it, and dragging the picture to its new location. You can resize pictures by dragging one corner, or (for better results) by using the "Scale by Percent..." option in the Arrange menu.

• Insert blocks of text by selecting the text tool , dragging a rectangle where you want the text to be, and typing your text. Magnify the page to see what you are typing by clicking the large hills at the bottom left of the window. The text's font, size and style can be set from menus. Text blocks can be moved with the arrow tool, just like pictures.

• Lock pictures and text in place after you have arranged them on the page. Select each one (or all together if you prefer) and choose "Lock" from the Arrange menu. The black handles at the corners of each locked object will turn gray. You can later unlock any selected item if you need to move it.

• Print your page. Save its file in the same folder as your pictures.