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macOS provides a handy shortcut for capturing everything displayed on your Mac’s screen as an image file, And with special keyboard combinations, you can take a screenshot of the whole screen or capture a smaller area like a window or the menu bar. macOS even lets you take timed screenshots, change the location, default name and file format for your screenshots and more.

But did you know you can capture a screenshot directly to the clipboard?

This quick tutorial explains how to use a modifier key to save a screenshot directly to the clipboard for quick pasting in other apps—even on other devices, provided you use Universal Clipboard.

Screenshot-taking shortcuts

Here’s a quick reminder of macOS’s two basic screenshot-taking keyboard shortcuts:

Shift (⇧)-Command (⌘)-3: take a screenshot of the whole screen

Shift (⇧)-Command (⌘)-4: take a screenshot of part of the screen

Here’s an example screenshot of the Safari menu.

You can also take pictures of the screen using the stock Grab app.

How to capture Mac screenshots directly to clipboard

Screenshots are normally saved as images in the PNG file format on your desktop. Thankfully, pressing a modifier key while taking a screenshot passes the image to the system clipboard so you can paste it in other documents.

Press the Control (⌃) key on the keyboard, then hold either the Shift (⇧)-Command (⌘)-3 combination to take a screenshot of the entire screen or the Shift (⇧)-Command (⌘)-4 shortcut if you want to send an image of part of the screen to the clipboard.

The ability to save Mac screenshots directly to the system clipboard is a tremendously handy feature, especially when used with Universal Clipboard in iOS and macOS.

Screenshots and Universal Clipboard

With Universal Clipboard, you can copy content from an app on one device and paste it into another app on a different device simply by using standard Copy/Paste commands like you normally would. As long as your devices use the same iCloud account, have Wi-Fi enabled and are within Bluetooth range, Universal Clipboard “just works”.

Capturing a screenshot directly to your Mac’s clipboard means you can elegantly avoid AirDrop, iCloud Photo Library and other means of sending screenshots between devices back and forth. For example, I captured a screenshot of my Mac’s desktop to the clipboard as I wanna use it in a Pages document I’m working on my iPhone.

After taking the screenshot on my Mac with the Control modifier key, I then launched a Pages document on my iPhone, tapped the placeholder image and selected Paste from the popup menu. Remember that it may take a second or two for the menu to appear after tap-and-holding as the devices establish an ad-hoc direct connection.

Depending on the size of the item in the clipboard, the process of pasting content between devices can take a few seconds to complete. A handy progress indicator appears on the screen, similar to the one when transferring content using AirDrop.

And just like that, the screenshot of my Mac’s desktop was pasted in the Pages document on my iPhone. Yes, I could have saved the screenshot on my Mac’s desktop and used AirDrop to shoot it to my iPhone for use in the Pages document.

For situations like this, I prefer the Universal Clipboard method instead of AirDrop because AirDrop would have saved the image in the Camera roll, triggering Photos to push it to my other devices via iCloud Photo Library.

More about taking screenshots on Mac

To learn even more about the various ways of taking screenshots on your Mac, changing their file format and default location and more, see our previous tutorials:

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Having your screenshots sent directly to the system clipboard is great if you want to immediately paste the image into other commands with the Edit → Paste menu item.

It’s especially great if contents of your Mac’s desktop are being synchronized with your other devices through iCloud and you want to avoid screenshot syncing but cannot possibly be bothered to run a quick Terminal command to change the location where screenshots are saved to a custom folder.

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How To Save Important Photos And Video From The Web

We can’t say exactly why you want to save images, videos, social media posts, or other types of information from the internet. We can, however, guess that you’re probably doing it for personal, historical, or accountability reasons. Whatever your goal, grabbing the goods is easy—but knowing what to do with them is tricky.

That’s not to say everything that disappears from the internet is bad. Neglected websites go offline, technology goes out of date, and some people just feel more comfortable knowing they haven’t left a years-long digital trail. No matter the gravity, what goes up will eventually come down.

How to save images, video, and social media posts Downloading images directly

On your phone, you may be able to press and hold on a photo until a menu appears with the option to Save Photo (iOS) or something similar. If you’re using Facebook from a browser, though, you may have to open the image, open the menu (three dots) and tap View Full Size. From there, long-pressing and tapping Add to Photos should work.

Downloading videos directly

Witness, a nonprofit that uses video and technology to defend human rights, also has a thorough guide on how to save live video broadcasts.

Screenshots and screen recording

To record your screen on macOS, press Cmd+Shift+5 to bring up the Screenshot toolbar, and follow Apple’s detailed guide to get it to do what you want it to do. On Windows, you can use the Xbox Game Bar to record any open application (not just games). Beyond that, you may want to consider one of the many free screen recording platforms available.

What to do with data you’ve saved for personal use

Whether you’re saving tagged photos of yourself from Facebook or building an impressively curated library of memes, the main thing to consider is redundancy. Back. Everything. Up. Twice (or more) if you want to. That way, if one hard drive fails, you have copies somewhere else. There’s not much more guidance we can give. You do you.

What to do with data you’ve saved for historical reasons

Even when we’re not living in “unprecedented times,” we’re still living through history. You may think that photos of small demonstrations, construction, demolition, or other events in your neighborhood or small town pale in comparison to occasions with national or global effects. However, your local historical society or museum may think differently.

Sometimes, these institutions put out requests for information or records. But if you have something that may be of historical interest, you can also reach out yourself.

Online, there’s the Internet Archive, a nonprofit library of websites and other media. One of its best-known tools is the Wayback Machine, which shows historical snapshots of billions of web pages. It doesn’t save everyone’s social media accounts, but it does save some (it has saved President Donald Trump’s Twitter account nearly 50,000 times in the past 12 years, for example). If you find a page hasn’t been saved, you can ask the organization to archive it. Go to the Wayback Machine’s main page, find Save Page Now, enter the URL of the target page, and hit Save Page.

Saving historical videos and images, particularly of politicians, public figures, and televised speeches may also one day be important in fighting deepfakes. These altered videos and images have become increasingly popular, and they’re only getting more realistic.

What to do with photos and video of alleged criminal activity

In the wake of the riot at the US Capitol, social media was flooded with people publicly trying to identify participants. Not only is this potentially problematic due to the possibility of misidentification, but it could also put you in danger.

It’s also important to consider the ethics of using videos to report potentially illegal acts or human rights violations. Witness has a downloadable PDF that details the responsibility we all have to the people filmed, the video creators, and the audience. You may not want the subject of the video to relive an abuse again and again, dox the person who shot the footage, or cause more widespread trauma.

Once you’ve sized up the risk to yourself and others and still think it’s worthwhile to submit potential evidence to the proper authorities, be strategic. As tempted as you may be to quote-tweet a seemingly damning video with “Uh, @FBI?????” that’s not the best way to go about it. In fact, the agency’s Twitter bio straight-up says “Do not report tips here.” They want you to submit information online or (if it’s an emergency) dial 911. In regards to the violence at the US Capitol, for example, the agency has a dedicated information submission portal. Local police departments may be even less willing to sift through their social media mentions for possible proof of harassment, xenophobia, or other crimes.

How To Take Full Page Screenshots Of Websites In Ios

One of Android’s most liked features is the ability to take a full-page screenshot. This is much more convenient than taking multiple screenshots of a single page, which is what iOS users have been doing for a long time. Fortunately, in iOS 13 Apple has included the feature to take a full page screenshot, which can then be saved as a PDF file and shared or saved locally on your device.

The feature to take full page screenshots is only available on devices running the latest version of iOS. Also, it only works in the Safari web browser right now, although we hope it will be extended to other browsers and apps in future versions of iOS.

The method to take a full page screenshot works similarly to taking any standard screenshot, except you have to choose an option which saves the whole page as a file. To do this:

1. Open the Safari web browser on your device. Load the page you want to take a full page screenshot of.

2. Take a screenshot of the page as you would normally do. On newer iPhones that do not have a Home button, this can be done by pressing the Power button and the Volume Up button simultaneously. On older iPhones, simply press the Power button and Home button at the same time to take a screenshot.

3. Once you take the screenshot, you’ll see a thumbnail of it appear on the bottom left of the screen. Tap on it to bring up the markup and sharing option for the screenshot.

4. Now you’ll notice two tabs on top of the screenshot markup display. Simply press “Full Page” to get a preview of the entire web page on the right pane. Press “Done.”

5. Tap on “Save to Files” to save the complete page screenshot as a PDF file.

6. You can choose the location on your device / iCloud Drive where you want to save your screenshot. Once you’ve selected a location, tap on Save.

How to Share a Full Page Screenshot

If you’re not used to using the Files app on your device, you might be a bit confused on how to share the screenshot you just saved. The Files app is basically a directory on your device that allows to save items such as PDFs, Word files, etc. for access later. It also allows you to integrate your iCloud Drive data onto your device, alongside any other cloud storage you may have set up (such as Google Drive).

To share the screenshot you just saved, simply follow the steps below:

1. Open the Files app on your device.

2. Browse to the location you saved your screenshot to.

3. Once you’ve found your screenshot, tap on it to view the PDF file.

4. In the file, press on the Share button on the bottom-left corner to open the Share menu. This will give you a choice of apps (such as social networks) to choose from to share the screenshot. You can also use Airdrop to send it to another Apple device.

That’s it. By following the steps above, you’ll be able to take a full page screenshot and share it with your friends or keep it on your device for future reference. Unfortunately, the feature is not perfect and is limited to Safari for now, but hopefully we’ll see third-party app support in the future.

Shujaa Imran

Shujaa Imran is MakeTechEasier’s resident Mac tutorial writer. He’s currently training to follow his other passion become a commercial pilot. You can check his content out on Youtube

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To Save The Planet, Scientists Figured Out How To Fix Cow Farts

Raising cattle contributes to global warming in a big way. The animals expel large amounts of methane when they burp and fart, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. U.S. beef production, in fact, roughly equals the annual emissions of 24 million cars, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. That’s a lot of methane.

Still, most people probably wouldn’t be inclined to swap their juicy steak for a bowl of beans.

Researchers think there may be a better way. Rather than ask people to give up beef, they are trying to design more climate-friendly cattle. The goal is to breed animals with digestive systems that can create less methane. One approach is to tinker with the microbes that live in the rumen, the main organ in the animals’ digestive tract. These tiny organisms enable fermentation during digestion and produce the methane released by the cattle.

Scientists in the United Kingdom last year found that a cow’s genes influence the makeup of these microbial communities, which include bacteria and also Archaea, the primary producers of methane. This discovery means cattle farmers potentially could selectively breed animals that end up with a lower ratio of Archaea-to-bacteria, thus leading to less methane.

Cattle raised for beef Pexels

“The methanogens — or Archaea, which produce methane — are totally different from bacteria, so we could determine their abundances in the rumen samples,” said Rainer Roehe, professor of animal genetics at Scotland’s Rural College. Roehe studied the composition of microbes in sample animals and established that the host animals’ genes were responsible for their makeup. “The higher the Archaea-to-bacteria ratio, the larger the amount of methane emissions,” he said.

His study, which appeared in PLOS Genetics, recently won the journal’s prestigious genetics research prize. The journal called the work “the first step toward breeding low-emission cattle, which will become increasingly important in the face of growing global demand for meat.” The research identified specific microbial “profiles,” that is, combinations of microbes, which could help determine which cattle digest their feed more efficiently, and emit less methane.

“These can then be used as selection criteria to mitigate methane emissions,” Roehe said. “The selection to reduce methane emissions would be permanent, cumulative and sustainable over generations as with any other trait, such as growth rate, milk yield, etc. used in animal breeding.” This, over time, “would have a substantial impact on methane emissions from livestock,” Roehe said.

U.S. methane emissions by source. Enteric fermentation (i.e. cow farts) is the second-largest source of methane emissions. Environmental Protection Agency

He predicted the approach not only would reduce the environmental footprint of beef production, but it would also enable farmers to produce meat more cost effectively. It also likely would improve animals’ health and improve the quality of meat, since rumen microbial fermentation enhances the production of omega-3 fatty acids, he said.

He and his colleagues tested 72 animals — eight descendants from each of nine sires — in order to predict the effect of their genes on the microbial community, Roehe explained. “The only common factor of these progenies was its genes inherited from its sire,” he said.

“Archaea and bacteria are available in the rumen of all ruminates,” he said. “What we determined are the abundances of these Archaea and bacteria in the rumen of each animal and then calculated their ratio, which was correlated to methane emissions.”

Cows aren’t great for the planet Pexels

They analyzed the samples and found that inherited genes “influenced significantly methane emissions [and] the Archaea-to-bacteria ratio,” he said. They determined that more than 80 percent of the methane emissions could be explained by the “relative abundance” of 20 genes, he said. Even with different diets and different breeds of cattle, the outcome remained the same. “That means that the animals’ genetics shapes the composition of its own microbial community,” he said.

There also likely are biological factors involved, including salvia production, which influences pH in the rumen — “and thus the living conditions of the rumen microbial community” — the physical size, structural differences and contraction of the rumen, which affects the rate at which digested food passes through the rumen, and even “crosstalk” between rumen microbes and other cells, he said.

In practice, breeders would need rumen samples from many animals to determine their genetic makeup. While the research still is in the experimental stages, Roehe said, “we are working with breeding organizations together to prove the efficiency of the system under practical conditions.”

Marlene Cimons writes for Nexus Media, a syndicated newswire covering climate, energy, policy, art and culture.

How To Copy Search Results Directly From Spotlight In Os X

Mac OS X’s Spotlight can be really useful when finding applications to launch, documents, images, files and many other items that you have stored in your user account. The shortcut to open up Spotlight is “Command + Space”, where you can enter a search term and have Spotlight return the relevant results. These results can be previewed and/or opened directly.

Spotlight can find seemingly everything, but one thing you might have not heard of is that Spotlight includes basic file functionality. You can cut, copy and paste files directly from the Spotlight windows, allowing to easily make duplicates in deep-buried files. This is done using the handy Finder’s “Cut and Paste” abilities, which happen to function directly from Spotlight in OS X.

So, without any further ado, here are three tips that you can use to easily copy, cut and paste files directly from Spotlight:

How To Copy Files Directly From Spotlight

2. Search for the file/folder you want to copy. Highlight the item in Spotlight results either by hovering over with the mouse or selecting it with the arrow keys.

3. Drag the item directly to wherever you want to make an alias of the file, or press “Command + C” on your keyboard to copy it, follow by “Command + V” to paste it.

How To Cut Files from Spotlight

1. Search of the file in Spotlight as usual, and press “Command + C” to copy the file to the clipboard.

2. Navigate to the location wherever you want to move the file to, and press “Command + Option + V” to move the file to the location.

Hitting the additional “Option” key will cut the file instead of simply pasting it.

Both of these tips can be extremely useful if you want to embed a searched item in a program that supports drag-and-drop embedding, such as Word, Pages, Mail, and others, or if you want to make a shortcut to an item in the Dock.

Shujaa Imran

Shujaa Imran is MakeTechEasier’s resident Mac tutorial writer. He’s currently training to follow his other passion become a commercial pilot. You can check his content out on Youtube

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How To Directly Delete Files Faster In Os X El Capitan

Whenever you no longer need a file or folder in OS X, you’d most probably do the same thing that we all do: drag the file into the trash can in the Dock (or press “Command + Delete” if you’re familiar with that keypress). Once done, sometimes you’d empty the Trash Can so that OS X can reclaim your disk space.

Now, starting with OS X El Capitan, Apple has introduced a new method that lets you skip the trash can while deleting files from within Finder. The method is quite easy as well, not requiring that much effort, as detailed below:

1. Open up a Finder window, and navigate to the specific file(s) that you want to delete.

2. Select the file, and hold down the Option key on your keyboard.

3. While pressing the Option key, navigate to File (located in the top left corner of your window), and select Delete Immediately.

Doing this will allow you to permanently delete this file, completely bypassing the Trash Can.

If you want to increase your workflow even more, just simply select the file and press “Option + Command + Delete” on your keyboard, which will allow you to do the same action even faster.

Shujaa Imran

Shujaa Imran is MakeTechEasier’s resident Mac tutorial writer. He’s currently training to follow his other passion become a commercial pilot. You can check his content out on Youtube

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