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How do you capture the InDesign cursor ?

Community Expert ,
Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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Hi gang,

Sometimes I need to take screenshots of InDesign doing what InDesign does. 

How do you click a screenshot so as to get InDesign when it has a "loaded cursor" mouse cursor?

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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All OS-level screenshot tools I know of tend to suppress the cursor (because, natch); only a few third-party tools I've used have an option to leave it. Even the Windows screen snipper utility suppresses the cursor.


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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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Hi Mike, Do you mean this?:

 

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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Hey Rob, I'm trying to capture a loaded text cursor mouse pointer while in InDesign.

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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You mean the cursor when you are placing text?

 

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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Yes

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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Snagit wont do it. Snipping Tool wont do it. Greenshot sorta does; but doesnt do it...

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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We can't really be down to using our iPhone XV pocket cameras for this, even if they do have a voice chat app. 🙂


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Yes, Rob. How u do dat?

(I'm currently sitting in front of a Windows 11 machine, btw.)

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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I did it with SnapZ Pro by changing the key command to Control-3.

 

I’m sure that would work with the MacOS capture utility also—it’s pressing the Command key that hides the load icon

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Let me switch over to my MacBook Pro and try it...

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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Doesn’t look like it works built-in, at least on OSX

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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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I found several recent, updated how-tos on the miracle web that say "Do X-Y-Z with the snipping tool to capture the cursor."

 

They're all wrong.

 

It must be a day of the week ending in Y.


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Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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On OSX the selected area capture did not work but the entire screen does, so try that on MacOS—you’ll have to crop as needed in PS:

 

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I managed to install a free macOS screenshot software called Snip My. After making a custom shortcut and setting a delay, I managed to get the cursor! Surprising me this is so much hoops to hop through.

I wonder why I cannot do this on a Windows machine?

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What DOES work (on a Mac) is to capture a VIDEO of your screen. Then you can always grab a single frame out of the video capture.

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My recollection is that the predecessor to the current Window snip tool had a delayed action just like that. I dimly understand that what's on the screen exists in several layers/buffers and thus it's not trivial to capture the cursor, but why it's so universally deprecated now is a mystery.


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After laboriously capturing the complicated "loaded text cursor" icon (way too much going on in that icon), I ended up drawing it vector in Illustrator just so I could scale it up at a decent size.

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