How to capture

  1. portion of screen
  2. to clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4 doesn't work (cross cursor doesn't appear). Command-Shift-4 shows cross cursor but captures not into clipboard. Command-Control-Shift-3 captures to clipboard, but entire screen, not portion.

  • Please have a look at: Take a screenshot on your Mac Commented Jul 5, 2021 at 13:13
  • I just tried Command-Control-Shift-4 and .. it worked. Is it enabled in the Screenshot keyboard shortcut settings? Commented Jul 5, 2021 at 14:14
  • @Dims a "moderator" deleted the answer where I posted a screenshot that shows that Command-Control-Shift-4 is a valid, built-in keyboard shortcut that needs to be enabled. Can you verify your Screenshot shortcuts at System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Screenshots ? On Big Sur 11.4 the 4th setting is Copy picture .... to the clipboard ⌃⇧⌘4 Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 7:14
  • This question is essentially a duplicate of your question - except the answers didn't get deleted. Try clicking Restore Defaults in the keyboard settings. Check for programs that may me using the same keyboard combination. Try pasting in different applications - not all applications allow image pasting. The StackExchange/SO editor allows pasting images directly into the image box. Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 7:38
  • The answers that talk about the touchbar may appear to be weird but displaying an action in the touchbar may be disabling the keyboard shortcut. In my case I display function keys permanently Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 7:48

2 Answers 2


You can always use the built-in "Screenshot" app to select things to take a screenshot of.

I use cmd-shift-4. Without the control key.

Otherwise, I'd suggest checking your keyboard shortcut settings and just make sure that nothing else is using your command.

  • The OP is asking about a built-in Screenshot shortcut. Commented Jul 5, 2021 at 14:19
  • cmd-shift-4 is a built-in shortcut to snapshot a rectangle. cnd-shift-3 snapshots the whole screen - this is what I usually do and then crop it in preview. Commented Jul 5, 2021 at 21:04

It worked on my machine (Big Sur 11.4). I didn't even know this shortcut existed until I saw this question. Is the shortcut enabled in Keyboard settings? The settings screenshot below was created using Command-Control-Shift-4 and pasting directly into SO's Image box

Keyboard shortcut, screenshot settings showing Control+Shift+Command+4


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