Mac Keyboard Shortcut to take Screenshot and Copy to Clipboard
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Mac Keyboard Shortcut to take Screenshot and Copy to Clipboard

Mac Screenshot Keyboard ShortCuts

Copy to Clipboard

Full Screen—to copy & paste, but not save as file!

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 3

Selectionmy favorite shortcut!

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 4

Application Window

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 4 and then Spacebar

Save as File

Full Screen

⌘ Command + Shift + 3

Selection

⌘ Command + Shift + 4

Application Window

⌘ Command + Shift + 4 and hit Spacebar

Customize Mac Screenshot Folder

  1. Create or locate the folder you’d like to save screenshots to. I use a folder in my Home Directory called Screenshots.
  2. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal, but—wait!—don’t hit enter yet! Be sure to include the space that is at the end of the line.
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture location
  4. Now, drag and drop the folder you wish you save screenshots to onto the Terminal window. This will insert the folder location into the command line.
  5. Click Enter to submit the command.
  6. Finally, copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  7. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Change Screenshot Default File Name Prefix

By default, Mac screenshots are saved using the prefix “Screen Shot”. You can change the default screenshot file name prefix:

  1. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal and hit Enter. Replace ScreenShot with whatever prefix you prefer.
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture name ScreenShot
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  4. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Change Default Screenshot File Type

By default, Mac screenshots are saved as .png files. You can change the default screenshot filetype:

  1. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal and hit Enter. Replace png with whatever filetype you prefer.
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  4. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Help! Where are my screenshots? Where is my screenshot folder? My screenshot folder is missing!

Note: If you ever delete your screenshots folder you must reset the folder location using the above instructions.

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