The revised Screenshot utility in Mojave brings the handy option of choosing if the resulting Screenshot should be copied to the clipboard or saved as a file, or saved to email, etc.

However this requires that I first press Cmd+Shift+5 to bring up the options, then select my desired option using the pointer. I find myself often needing to switch between saving to a file and saving to the clipboard and wondering if there is a way to do this by a keyboard command or modifier.

For example it would be great if I could use Cmd+Shift+4 to capture a selection, but modify the command to save-to-clipboard or save-to-file.

Grateful for any suggestions.

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It's already there…

System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Screenshots

By default
Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 4 will save as a file
Cmd ⌘ Opt ⌥ Shift ⇧ 4 will save to clipboard.

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  • Brilliant! I didn't think to look in the Shortcuts. Of course this assumes that the Options in Cmd+Shift+5 are set to something other than "Clipboard".
    – mlondon
    Commented Aug 18, 2019 at 22:01

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