Converting Mac OS 9 .pict screenshot files to jpegs

The Shift+Cmd+4 key combo is common from all the way back to Mac OS 9 (and maybe earlier?) to all Mac OS X and current MacOS versions and takes a screenshot of a selected area on the screen. On current MacOS versions the file saved to your desktop is in png format (Mac OS X versions around 10.4 saved screenshots in .tiff format), but on OS 9 it’s in a less common .pict format.

By today’s standards the .pict file format is even more unusual as it uses Classic Mac OS file system features called a ‘resource fork‘ and a ‘data fork’. The issue with copying these .pict files from a Classic Mac OS filesystem to a modern file system is described here – when you copy the file you get the ‘resource fork’ but lose the ‘data fork’, in this case losing most of the image file data. When I tried this and viewed or converted the file on MacOS each of the files only has a section of the image, or none at all.

To convert to a jpeg or other more commonly used format today, this post suggests using the Resize! app, which is still downloadable from

The trouble with this approach is if you’ve already copied the .pict files from OS 9 to a SMB network drive, you’ve already lost part of the file and it won’t convert as expected.

The best option as described in the first post is to convert to a jpeg or gif on OS 9 before moving elsewhere. I’ve seen posts suggesting to use Quicktime Viewer, but the version I have on mg G4 running OS 9.2.2 doesn’t have a Save As or Export feature, not that I could find anyway.

Instead what I found that worked for me was to download GraphicsConverter from Mac Garden here and use Save As changing the file extension to .jpg

Move MacOS Dock between monitors

When using multiple monitors on my Macs I would do this by mistake and thought it was some weird bug 🙂 Turns out, if you pull down your mouse at the bottom of the screen, this moves the Dock to that screen.

Useful when you use multiple monitors, annoying if you do it by accident and don’t know the feature exists 🙂

Screenshot features in Mac OS X and MacOS

10.13 High Sierra and earlier : Use key shortcuts (see below) or (see here)

11.14 Mojave and after: (more info here):

  • Similar to Grab but after you’ve taken the snapshot it allows you to annotate/markup the screenshot, and then you can either copy and paste from there or save as a file.
  • Additionally in Screenshot, it remembers the position on screen of an area screenshot so you can easily take repeated screenshots from the same portion of your screen.

Key shortcuts in all Mac OS X / MacOS versions (see here)

Shift + Cmd + 3 : captures whole screen

Shift + Cmd + 4 : starts a region screenshot, select a region of the screen

  • before 10.14 Mojave, saves a .png to your desktop
  • 10.14 Mojave and after – opens screenshot in the Screenshot editor app