If I use the sequence Command-Shift-4 Spacebar to capture a menu selection, the resulting images are monochrome. I'm on Yosemite and the result is the same on two devices. Any idea what's going on? All other screen captures are in color. Skitch app Menu Snapshot option gives the same result.

BTW I've used to use the Comm-sh-4 crosshair capture but just at the very moment you lift the cursor to complete the drag, something causes the cursor to select the next menu item, so you capture the menu item without it being highlighted.


The screenshot isn't monochrome, but rather the highlight of the menu isn't ‘composited’ correctly in the screenshot. If you screenshot a menu with other colour in it (for example, System Preferences View menu), you'll notice those colours remain and just the highlight changes from blue to grey.

This bug has been around in macOS for as long as I can remember, and has been fixed in the developer preview of macOS 10.14 Mojave to be released later this year.

  • I was just trying to prove the same thing to myself - going back to a High Sierra machine to check after I was surprised the Mojave machine snap showed the menu selection in blue... for the first time ever ;) – Tetsujin Aug 13 '18 at 6:30
  • Wow! I don't remember ever noticing this before! – Monomeeth Aug 13 '18 at 6:35
  • Thanks for that info. Indeed a Finder menu capture displays the coloured 'tag' dots. In Snow Leopard I used a utility called FreeSnap which was a dream to use. Just drag over a selected menu and it captures it with the selection. – Rusty Aug 13 '18 at 7:21

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