The better way to take a screenshot is Command-Shift-4.

But since switching to Big Sur on an M1 Mac, I am seeing that this key combination produces a delay before seeing the crosshairs.

When a computer doesn't do what I ask right away, I do the same thing again and press harder. So how do I prevent this delay and reduce RSI?

  • What kind of Mac is it (Mini or Macbook)? If you switch to another user account (or create a new one for testing), does it have the same delay?
    – nohillside
    Commented Apr 17, 2021 at 6:42

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Open the Screenshot app, and in the Screen Recording options, select "None", for the audio input.

I have no idea why, but this will fix the delay before the crosshair appears for Cmd+Shift+4 screenshots.

  • Presumably the delay is due to the time it takes to initialize the chosen audio device? Great catch though, this also worked for me. Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 17:07
  • This is logically insane but does work, in the sense that taking a screen shot can be delayed by screen recording staff. Commented Nov 5, 2023 at 4:46

Sounds like a possible hardware issue with the keyboard. You may have to bring it into an Apple store for diagnosis.

But if you really want to know for sure you could do a re-install or clean install of the Mac OS which would rule out any software problems.

If you want to try something less drastic, create a new user and log in as that user and see if you can replicate the issue.

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