macOS: Directly Paste Screenshots Into Documents

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Did you know you can directly paste screenshots on your Mac into a document? Apple’s support account on Twitter tweeted this yesterday, and it’s too good not to share. Here’s how to do it.

Pasting Screenshots

This is a variation on making a screenshot selection.

  1. First, hold down Command (⌘) + Shift + 4, which will bring up the screenshot selection tool.
  2. Next, hold down Control, and make your selection on the screen using your mouse.
  3. Then, pull up whatever document you want to paste the selection into, and press Command (⌘) +  V.
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That’s it! If you frequently make screenshots and insert them into documents, this should streamline your workflow a bit.

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Yes, this is very handy but, not new. It’s been around for many years. Also, it is not necessary to press the Ctrl key before dragging and making your selection, which can be a bit cumbersome. As long as you press Ctrl BEFORE releasing the mouse button or trackpad, you are good to go — er, paste.