From what I've seen it seems like the basic hotkeys do not allow such a thing, besides if I use the following command on the terminal :

screencapture -ci somepath/screenshot.jpg

It only copies the screenshot to the clipboard but doesn't create the file screenshot.jpg at all (-c copies to clipboard and -i makes the user select a rectangle region to capture)

Thanks for your help.

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According to man screencapture one can only save to the clipboard or to a file: there doesn't seem to be any way around this as designed.

The description of the command uses the word 'or' to indicate that only one action is possible: save the screencapture to a file or to the clipboard:

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  • Where do you see in "man creencapture" that this is not possible ?
    – T__O
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 17:04
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    Edited answer to show unambiguous language in man description. 'Or' means 'or'.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 17:28

Check out this question: What's the quickest way to get a graphic on the clipboard saved to disk?

And this utility:


Paste PNG into files, much like pbpaste does for text.

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