My muscle memory is very ingrained with Cmd + Shift + 4 to take screen snips, and this has been fine for a while.

However, from now on, I don't need to save my screen snips as files. I need to paste them directly to various places (e.g. online, or in documents).

How do I make Cmd + Shift + 4 save to clipboard instead of files (like Windows with Win + Shift + S)? My fingers are unable to grasp the concept of Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 4 (that's just too many keys).

Ideally, and tl;dr, I'd like to swap the functionality of Cmd + Shift + 4 and Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 4.


System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Screenshots

You can set them to anything you like, so long as it doesn't conflict with any existing command.

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  • How'd you take this SS with shadows? Mine has none i.stack.imgur.com/RtkT0.png – anki Jul 28 '19 at 8:11
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    @ankiiiiiii - cmd/shift/4 as usual, but then tap the spacebar . The cursor turns into a camera icon & turns any window you hover over blue. Click your chosen window to get the entire window plus drop-shadow. – Tetsujin Jul 28 '19 at 8:14
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    @ankiiiiiii Yep, spacebar turns it into window capture mode. If you don't want the shadow while in window capture mode, hold Option when you click. – user3247189 Jul 31 '19 at 2:50
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    I settled on just learning the new, longer shortcut. It was a disaster when I used a friend's macbook. I kept pasting whatever was on his clipboard rather than my screen snip, which landed on Desktop. – user3247189 Aug 2 '19 at 6:10
  • Yeah, there's always something to be said for 'learning to do it the accepted way' :) – Tetsujin Aug 2 '19 at 6:12

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