Screen Capture Does Not Work As Expected

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Mork, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Mork macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2009
    In Snow Leopard (and in Leopard before it), when you use the screen capture (to clipboard) key combination: SHIFT+(apple key)+Control+4 to capture part of the screen to the clipboard, it doesn't paste into many applications.

    For example, using an OpenOffice document, the Edit...Paste menu is not highlighted (after doing a screen capture to clipboard), yet, I can paste the copied clipboard screen shot to Text Edit.

    Since OpenOffice and other programs I've tried (including Thunderbird) do display graphics in their programs, why don't they accept the clipboard contents from the Mac screen capture program???

    Thunderbird also will NOT accept a Mac screen shot clipboard "Paste".

    What's going on here?

    This lack of functionality breaks the idea of "cut and paste", which always works as expected in, gulp, Windows.

    Snagit, for Windows, was wonderful, but I can't find anything to even come close for the Mac. (Of course, I'd be happy with just cut and paste working as expected for simple screen shots.)

    What am I missing?

    Thanks in advance.

    -- M
  2. Skyhigh223 macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2009
    It doesn't paste the screen capture into your clipboard, it creates a .png image on the desktop :p

    You have to drag the image from the desktop into your document.
  3. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2009
    Not true.

    If you hold down the Control key it copies to clipboard. (if you don't hold down the control key, then, yes, it creates a png).

    So the question remains.....why doesn't the clipboard "paste" as expected into OpenOffice or Thunderbird, but will paste into some program like TextEdit???

    This "maybe it will paste" functionality seems broken...

    Look forward to any replies.

  4. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    It looks like it's an issue with OpenOffice.

    When you startup, it doesn't appear that Paste can be selected.

    Go to another app and copy a graphic, OO doesn't recognize it.

    Go to another app and copy text, OO does recognize it.

    Go to another app and then copy a graphic, OO recognizes that.

    Use command-control-shift-3, OO doesn't see anything on the clipbard.

    OO has some issues with the clipboard, apparently.

    The last one is kind of strange. That function mimics what Windows does, and since OO is cross platform, that's the area I would have least expected an issue.

  5. johnyy macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2009
    I think OO and Thundbird can't support SnowLeopard fully.
    Snow Leopard is th latest Mac system.
    Oo and Thundbird havn't been updated for Snow leopard.
  6. juliankauai macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2009
    something is different in 10.6

    he is right. in 10.6 it does not work.

    doing command shift 4 dragging over a regision and then holding down the control key to put the screenshot in the clipboard works but it will not paste in apple mail. so something is broken. it used to work in leopard.
  7. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Man ya gotta be a contortionist to do that ?..Why not just put it on your desktop and save your fingers.
  8. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    I can paste in Mail with SL.

  9. Vandaman macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2010
    Preferences fix for ScreenCapture

    Either your preferences file for screencapture is corrupt, or you just don't have one...either way...delete what you have located here:

    /Users/YOUR USER NAME HERE/Library/Preferences/


    Open the Terminal app in the Utilities folder.

    Type the following or just copy and paste:

    defaults write type png

    and then hit return after

    As long as you are Admin for the account, you will have a new preferences file in your user folder and you can paste from clipboard...

    good luck...van
  10. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    EDIT: Actually, just proved myself wrong. Carry on...


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