I have been for years using shift+cmd+4 to take a screenshot of only a part of the screen, or just to measure some distance in an image. A week or so ago it completely changed functionality to instead take a screenshot of the entire hovered window... Why?? I need it back.. I get designs as JPG's :D and need to implement websites base on that :P

I haven't installed anything that I can think of, I got a new external screen but that was plug & play, a DELL screen. It can't be that can it??

Attaching a photo of how it looks below, note the blue tint that the window is selected and the camera icon in the middle..

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  • I also got a cordless Apple Mouse "Magic Mouse" and an Apple keyboard
    – OZZIE
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 14:33
  • I unplugged the screen, mouse & keyboard but it was still the same
    – OZZIE
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 14:40
  • Tapping the spacebar should toggle between 'drag a box' & 'whole window' behaviour.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 14:47
  • @Tetsujin you're my angel! Thank you so much!! Post it as an answer and score some points! :)
    – OZZIE
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 14:49
  • The default for my screen capture changed suddenly also - strange!!
    – Seamus
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 15:46

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I'm not sure what has prompted it to default to 'whole window' - usually 'selected area' is the default, however, tapping the Space Bar should toggle the behaviour back & forth for that session.

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