OS X Quick Tip: Secret Screen Capture Clipboard Copy Trick

quicktip.jpgOk, you probably already know how to capture and image of your screen with your Mac. It’s Command-Shift-3. That will leave an image on your desktop, you can even hit Command-Shift-4, and get a little crosshair to select only a portion of your screen and do the same thing.

BUT…if you’re like me, and you’re planning on editing that image in a program, then there is an even cooler way to do this.

Hit Control-Command-Shift-3 (or 4)

This will copy the image to your clipboard, so you can simply paste it into your editing program of choice.



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  1. Great tip. I’ve been wanting this specific functionality out of OS X for a while now. I’m surprised that I never thought to try some sort of variation like this.

    However, while Control-Command-Shift-4 works great, Control-Command-Shift-3 doesn’t appear to work at all for me. I’m on a 1G Macbook.

  2. Nice tips, thanks for the sharing. BUt the shortcut cannot capture the full screen like scoll down web-page. For someone who want to capture full page, I’d recommend acethinker Website Screenshot Online, free and easy to use.