use SHIFT + CONTROL + COMMAND + 4 and a copy of the screen capture would save to my clipboard, not any more

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Hi, I used to be able to use SHIFT + CONTROL + COMMAND + 4 and a copy of the screen capture would save to my clipboard so I can CONTROL + V and paste it in any program. Now, nothing happens when I hit that command. Instead, I have to save to my desktop which is not ideal since I use it so many times a day I’m going to end up crowding my desktop with all the screen captures.
 
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she has yosemite OS
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Is your user hitting control-v or command-v to paste? I don't have my Mac with me right now, but I'm pretty sure its command-V.

Also, when she's hitting shift-command-ctrl-4, the little cursor that lets her select the screen cap area no longer appears? Maybe she can try shift-command-ctrl-3 to take a screencap of the entire display and see if that will paste into a program still.

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Martin

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+1 to Martin's answer. In normal use, one would hit SHIFT-COMMAND-3 to capture the entire screen(s) to a file that gets put on the desktop. SHIFT-COMMAND-4, as Martin pointed out, puts up a cross you drag around something. When you let go, that clip will be saved in a file to the desktop. (Hint: If you don't like what you dragged around, hit ESC before letting go and it will cancel the clipping.)

Adding Control puts the screen or clipping into the paste buffer, and you can paste it into anyplace that accepts png pasting. Not all programs accept the pasting of graphics, so it can fail. And Command-V is indeed paste.

A few other notes. On Mojave, when you do a clipping to a file, a small version if it will show up in the lower right hand corner for a short time. If you click on it, it will open to a tiny editor where you can do a number of edits on the results before being saved.  It looks kind of like this:

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Also note that pasting a lot of graphics can take some time to convert to the program you are pasting them into, and look like the app hang. Just give it time. The bigger and more complex the image, the longer it takes.
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Just adding a quick reference to all available shortcuts: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201236 

Shift-Command-5: In macOS Mojave, take a screenshot or make a screen recording. In earlier macOS versions, use Shift-Command-3 or Shift-Command-4 for screenshots.
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Looking at my own preferences now, I see that you now need control shift command 3 or control shift command 4 to send it to the clipboard.  It looks like they added the control key to the sequence.  I generally save to disk and not use the clipboard, so I didn't notice the change, since I haven't had to use it.  This suggests they added some other sequence or plan on adding some other sequence to the whole thing.

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I believe I said that:
Adding Control puts the screen or clipping into the paste buffer, and you can paste it into anyplace that accepts png pasting.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor
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From the article I linked above, there is a "Learn more about screenshots" that points here: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201361

Scroll down to 'Learn more":

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So when adding the CTRL key, the clip goes to clipboard instead of a file.
My point was to Check your Keyboard shortcut preferences to see if it changed.  I've found that sometimes software or upgrades change the settings.

The old way to get to spotlight was control space, but on new systems it's command space.  Keyboard shortcuts do get changed when a new OS comes out.  However, if you've been only been updating the old system, you might retain the old shortcuts.

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