Disable Shadows On Mac OS X Screenshots

Screenshot formats, locations and styles are controlled by the com.apple.screencapture defaults domain. This time of the year (or OS Release Cycle) I am doing a lot of screenshots. And while I love the way they look with drop shadows, no one else does. So I find myself frequently disabling those drop shadows. To do so:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true

Then reboot or killall SystemUIServer:

killall SystemUIServer

To get them back:

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

  • Charlie

    Do you know if there is a way to keep the black border around the edge after you disable the drop shadow?

    • http://www.krypted.com Charles

      Not that I’m aware of. But if you find one, let me know if you can keep the border (or even a shadow) around the interior window in a multi-windowed screenshot. That really makes for ugly screenshots when you disable drop shadows…

  • Charlie

    Thanks for the reply. You are right about screenshots looking ugly without a drop shadow. Finder windows look horrible e.g. http://postimage.org/image/lqpqjcz5h/

    I’ll let you know if I find a way however. :-)