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?
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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…
Using Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 4
Note the hard edges & visible background.
Using Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 4 followed by Space then clicking the desired 'window'/widget.
Note the soft edges with shadows