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Change macOS Screenshot Command to Copy to Clipboard

January 05, 2020


  1. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts
  2. Click on Screenshots
  3. Change "Copy picture of selection area to the clipboard" to shift + cmd + 4
  4. Change "Save picture of selected area as a file" to ctrl + shift + cmd + 4

Screenshot of settings where you change the screenshot key.

That's it! Now, you can easily take screenshots and share them in things like PR comments or tweets by pasting them from your clipboard.

Note: if your preferred learning method is video, I have a walkthrough on egghead

Credit to Chris Ball for sharing this tip with me.

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