I'm using a Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 5 command to take a screenshot of a desktop, but it doesn't work if I switch to the dashboard.

Is there any way to take a screenshot of dashboard elements?

  • I can't reproduce this on OS X Yosemite (I can take screenshots using ⇧⌘3 and ⇧⌘4 (⇧⌘5 is not a default shortcut). What version of OS X are you using? Are you using Dashboard as a space or overlay?
    – grg
    Dec 30, 2014 at 20:50
  • cmd shift 5 is the default for Skitch and Captured are you using either of those?
    – dstarh
    Dec 30, 2014 at 21:46
  • @dstarh I use Skitch, but Cmd + Shift + 4 worked for me (see the answer below) Dec 31, 2014 at 14:01

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I'm assuming you set up Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 5 yourself, as it's not a System default.

If you use Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 4 then you can drag a marquee round the item you want, or even use Space afterwards to grab the entire floating widget, examples below…

  1. Using Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 4
    Note the hard edges & visible background.
    enter image description here

  2. Using Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 4 followed by Space then clicking the desired 'window'/widget.
    Note the soft edges with shadows
    enter image description here

  • Cmd+Shift+5 is the sequence used by Captured -- a popular screen capture and auto-share tool for OS X. They might be using that.
    – Ian C.
    Dec 30, 2014 at 21:00
  • Welcome - glad it worked for you :)
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 30, 2014 at 21:07

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