How To Capture Any Text From Your Screen On Mac, iPhone or iPad

Sometimes it can be difficult or impossible to select text to copy from a web page or image. But you can use Live Text or take a screenshot and copy text from that instead.

Comments: 8 Responses to “How To Capture Any Text From Your Screen On Mac, iPhone or iPad”

    John C
    4 weeks ago

    Using Command-Shift-5 to copy a portion of the screen leaves that portion of the screen bright and the rest of the screen dim. This is a bug in the OS that has been there for ages. I have to log out and log back in to recover.

    4 weeks ago

    John: Are you sure you aren't starting a recording instead of a screenshot? I remember seeing that bug years ago, but not for a long time.

    Jim Terrinoni
    4 weeks ago

    Yes, useful! The Screen Shot could man’s is one of the MOST useful I have learned from Gary. I use it daily. I’ve wondered what the button at the bottom right was; now I know. Thank you Gary. Every day I get more efficient because of the work you but in and clearly communicate.

    Keith Richardson
    4 weeks ago

    I prefer to use Command-Shift-4.
    This immediately allows me to select the area of the screen that I am most interested in.

    Alex Rodriguez
    4 weeks ago

    Gary, you're a genius! It worked just as you said. I watched a YouTube video with some text on the screens that I wanted to copy, and—bingo! It worked perfectly. Thank you!

    CV Young
    3 weeks ago

    You mention "screenshot shortcut, Shift Command and 5." Like Keith Richardson, I use ShiftCommand4 for a partial screen picture and ShiftCommand3 for a screen dump. Please explain the differences.

    3 weeks ago

    CV: Shift+Command+5 gives you all of the options, whereas the other two do just the precise function you want in that case. Try it and you'll see.

    Sheldon
    2 weeks ago

    Thanks bunches

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