10 Tips and Tricks For Taking Screenshots On Your Mac

Here are some tips if you are ready to move beyond taking simple screenshots. You can have screenshots go directly into apps or save to a location of your choice, change the image type to get smaller files, and streamline the process with hidden keyboard shortcuts.

Here are some of the Terminal commands mentioned:
Get rid of the shadow:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow false; killall SystemUIServer

Change to true to re-enable the shadow.

Change type of file:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type JPG; killall SystemUIServer

You can use PNG, GIF or PDF as well.

Comments: 3 Responses to “10 Tips and Tricks For Taking Screenshots On Your Mac”

    7 months ago

    Brilliant information thanks Gary.

    6 months ago

    Hi, Gary. The above mentioned terminal command didn’t work on my Mac. After googling, I found that ‘defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true’ does the trick. Thanks for the tip.

    Tom Craig
    5 months ago

    Hi Gary,

    I’ve been using screenshots for some time now, but after watching your video, I realized how many options I was not aware of! Thanks – I will save lots of time for future work.

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