When I capture a screenshot with Cmd + Shift + 5, I can edit the image within Apple's Markup editor, like so:

Is there a way to copy that image (which may have been edited) without saving it?

I just need to be able to copy it within that interface, so I can delete it clicking in the trash icon in the upper-right corner.


Unless I'm misunderstanding your question, why not just use commandshift4 to select the marked up image and take a screenshot before deleting it?

Or, if what you're wanting to do is copy it to the clipboard, add the CTRL key to the keyboard shortcut. That is, by using CTRLcommandshift4 you can select the marked up image and take a screenshot but instead of it being saved to your drive, it'll just be copied to the clipboard allowing you to use commandV to paste it.

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  • Yes, I know about Cmd + Shift + 4. The problem is: when I need to edit the screenshot with Markup, how I can copy the edited image? – Luiz Felipe Aug 31 '19 at 4:08
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    Maybe I didn't explain it clearly enough in my answer, but what I'm saying is just do what you're already doing but then when you want to copy the marked up image, take another screenshot of that image while it's still in the editor. And, if you use CTRL+CMD+SHIFT+4 to do it, then it'll be copied to your clipboard instead so you can paste it just like you copied it with CMD+C. – Monomeeth Aug 31 '19 at 4:11
  • Ah, sorry! I did not understand what you've said. :P Thanks for explaining again with other words. But actually I already do that! I created this question to know if there's a "more elegant" way to copy the edited screenshot. – Luiz Felipe Aug 31 '19 at 6:13
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    Screenshotception? ;) – wintvelt Aug 31 '19 at 8:00
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    @penguinrob Hmm, sorry, nothing that comes to mind just now. But if I think of something I'll ping you. :) – Monomeeth Nov 16 '19 at 3:37

It appears you can just hit cmdc while in the Markup editor and it copies it to your clipboard!

So summary of steps:

  • cmdshift5
  • Move the little capture box around, resize as desired, then hit return
  • Click the little preview image in the bottom right of your screen
  • Mark up the image as desired
  • cmdc
  • Hit the trash can icon to make it go away, without saving
  • cmdv it somewhere to paste it.

I used these steps just now to paste this image:

enter image description here

I am on Mojave/10.14. I came here looking for the same thing. I happened to find this comment on Reddit that suggested this.

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