Since recently the shortcut CMD + SHFT + 4 does no loger create a screenshot in the clipboard but puts it into the downloads folder. I could not figure out how to change that. Did the recent update to 11.4 bring this "improvement" or is a setting wrong?

  • I’m voting to close this question because it was caused by user error and therefore won't be helpful to future readers.
    – JBallin
    Commented May 27, 2021 at 1:04
  • @jballin We have a lot of questions here which basically describe user errors. If it happens to one user it may happen to others as well, so this shouldn't be a reason to close questions.
    – nohillside
    Commented May 27, 2021 at 7:57
  • As I mentioned before, I do not think it is a user error. This worked for me for years now and suddenly stopped working. It might have been a custom config I did which I can not remember anymore, fact is that things have changed after the update.
    – merlin
    Commented May 27, 2021 at 7:59
  • Maybe we can edit the question to be more general to keyboard shortcuts no longer working after an update?
    – JBallin
    Commented May 27, 2021 at 15:43

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Cmd-Shift-4 saves a screenshot to file, Cmd-Ctrl-Shift-4 puts it into the clipboard. This has been the default for ages, it did not change with macOS 11.4.

  • Strange, I am 100% sure that it was CMD-Shift-4 on my mac, but is now no longer. I am using this daily now for several years.
    – merlin
    Commented May 26, 2021 at 16:59
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    You can change it in keyboard prefs > shortcuts > screenshots - & you must have done this at some time in the past. the defaults are as the answer.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 26, 2021 at 17:01

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