Screengrab to the Clipboard Rather Than to a File

By Richard Mallion

Mac OS X has some really nice built-in screen capture software which outputs a file to the desktop. However some times its faster or more convienant for my workflow to capture a screen to the clipboard instead, so I can then paste the snapshot directly into my document I am working on rather than having to find the saved file on the desktop.
To screen grab to the clip board you just hold down the ‘control’ key in addition to the standard capture keyboard shortcuts. So for instance:

  • “Shift” + “Control” + “Command” + “3” will capture the entire screen to the clipboard
  • “Shift” + “Control” + “Command” + “4” will let you click and drag to capture a portion of the screen to the clipboard