How to change screenshot format in MacOS and modify screenshot data

Change screenshot format in MacOS and modify screenshot data

How to change screenshot format in MacOS and modify screenshot data

MacOS has a great screen capture and recording tool, but this tool doesn't give you much choice in editing the snapshot.

As a result, by default the system saves screenshots in PNG format with a unique design that cannot be modified.

You can use the methods below to change the format of the screenshot or change its layout and where it is saved.

Change screenshot format in MacOS

MacOS uses the PNG format by default to keep the screenshot, and this format may not be suitable for some users. The screenshot becomes large when saved in this format.

However, the PNG format retains image data more clearly and at a higher resolution than other image formats, so many professionals rely on it.

You cannot change the screenshot by using its own tool in the system, as you need to use the command interface to do so.

You can access the Command Interface app in macOS by going to the Applications folder, then Tools, and then selecting Command Interface.

When you open the command interface, type the following command directly on the command line:

defaults write type JPG;killall SystemUIServer

The end result on the command line will look like this:

You can replace jpg with any other format you want to use, but it is better to use jpg because it is smaller.

Change where the screenshot is saved

You can easily change where the screenshot is saved in the system by opening the capture tool using the following buttons: Cmd + Shift + 5  on the keyboard.

Then press the Options button and select the location where you want to save the screenshot, whether it is the desktop or something else.

Remove shadows from screenshot in macOS

By default, the system adds window shades to all screenshots to increase the beauty and professionalism of the screenshot.

However, these shadows appear particularly poorly in Jpg screenshots, which is why some want to remove them.

You can automatically remove these snapshots directly from the command interface, so you need to go to the command interface and type the following command:

defaults write disable- 
shadow -bool true; killall SystemUIServer

And if you want to return it, you can enter the following command in the command window: 

defaults write disable-shadow -bool false; killall SystemUIServer

Change screenshot name automatically

MacOS automatically adds a name to the screenshot, and this name consists of two syllables.

The first syllable consists of the word ScreenShot and the second is the date and time the screenshot was taken, and some may want to change this automatically.

You can change it automatically by using the command interface, where you can change the first screenshot by using the following command: 

defaults write name prefix; killall SystemUIServer

And you can directly replace the word perfix with the word you want to put in the name of the screenshot. 

You can completely remove the date from the screenshot by using the following command in the command interface: 

defaults write "include-date" 0; killall SystemUIServer

The screenshot after these changes becomes like the one below: 

These settings work with the default screenshot tool, and do not apply to third-party screenshot apps.

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