I use shift + control + command + 4 a lot. The default fileformat in my case is .tiff. I have tried to change it to .png using these setting: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/change-default-screenshot-file-format-macos

And I have tried to restart, but it does not seem to save the file in png in the clipboard which is what I'm interrested in. I have a Macbook Pro 15¨ (with touchbar) from 2016. I'm running macOS 10.13.3.

Kind regards, JJ

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Try using Terminal, type the following command into Terminal and press Enter. This changes the file format to TIFF:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type tiff;killall SystemUIServer
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    Something was wrong and I found out what it was. When using the shortcut shit+control+command+4 I will like the screen capture to save the file in my clipboard as a .png. This is actually my problem. I have used the command you a mentioning but I think this only works when saving the file in a location different from the clipboard.
    – JJ18964
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 7:09

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