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I have an app (Skitch) that has a seemingly unchangable shortcut of command-shift-5 for capturing the screen. I'd like to disable this or, at least, change it to another shortcut.

Previously I could go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts and add an app with its accompanying shortcut there. For example, I tried to change it to the following:

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Unfortunately in this instance command-shift-5 retains its function whenever the app is open and in the background in Catalina.

Skitch appears to capture this keyboard setting even when the key binding is disabled for the normal macOS keybinding for "Screenshot and recording options": disabled

Is there a way to stop Skitch from receiving this shortcut and/or assigning it another shortcut that works?

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shift-command-5 is a macOS keyboard shortcut, not any particular application like Skitch.

Change or disable it in System PreferencesKeyboardShortcutsScreenshots.

Screenshots preferences

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  • You are right, but I already had this disabled and have updated the question to clarify this with an additional screenshot. Skitch still dominates this keybinding. – ylluminate Nov 26 '20 at 0:06
  • RE: "shift-command-5 is a macOS keyboard shortcut, not any particular application like Skitch." -- While ⇧⌘5 is a default macOS keyboard shortcut for Screenshot and recording options in applicable versions of macOS, nonetheless, your statement "not any particular application like Skitch" is not true! Skitch has indeed assigned ⇧⌘5 to its Crosshair Snapshot command and even if resigning it in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts it is ignored by Skitch when ⇧⌘5 is pressed! – user3439894 May 2 at 15:58
  • In other words, after it's been changed and one presses ⇧⌘5, the Apple default come up, but the Crosshair Snapshot is also invoked as an inactive underlay/overlay and interfere with the Apple default Capture Selected Window rendering it useless, as a window cannot be selected! The only solution that worked for me was to assign a different keyboard shortcut to Screenshot and recording options in: System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Screenshots Have a look at this screenshot to see what the issue is. – user3439894 May 2 at 15:58
  • @user Everything you've said is correct, but I also believe everything I've said is correct too. One can assign any application like Skitch to any macOS keyboard shortcut and have it interfere — ⇧⌘5 is a macOS shortcut. The last sentence of your last comment is exactly what my answer explains should be done, as shown in the screenshot of my answer. – grg May 2 at 17:56
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I had the same problem and solved it by changing the key combination of my Mac.

To change the shortcut, you must click directly in the column of the key combination. Then it will change to an input field. Now click the new key combination on your keyboard, and your mac will change the key combination for this shortcut.

On this screenshot, you can see how the column field change to an input field

UPDATE: It is also possible to change the key combination of Skitch. See the last option in my screenshot, "App Shortcut".

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  • You can replace any shortcut that exists as a menu item. idk Skitch, so idk whether it falls within that scope. You can add it as a custom in App Shortcuts, last in that list. – Tetsujin May 2 at 9:25
  • @Tetsujin, thanks a lot! I didn't notice this! I will edit my post and add your information there. – Henry31 May 2 at 13:32
  • @Tetsujin, RE: "You can replace any shortcut that exists as a menu item. idk Skitch, so idk whether it falls within that scope. You can add it as a custom in App Shortcuts" -- Unfortunately changing the offending Skitch keyboard shortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts doesn't resolve the issue with it. The only thing that worked was to change the Apple default for Screenshot and recording options to something other then ⇧⌘5. Have a look at this screenshot to see what the issue is. – user3439894 May 2 at 16:05
  • This is precisely my existing answer from last year! Normally it would be custom to edit an existing answer to improve it if you wanted to add an arrow to the screenshot I already provided rather than duplicating an existing answer. – grg May 2 at 17:57
  • @grg sorry for that! I read you answer, but I totally do not understand that you can click on the shortcut to change the shortcut. That was the reason why I added a new answer to this question. – Henry31 May 4 at 13:44

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