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How to Capture Screenshots from Mac Window Without a Shadow

by Yvone Kendi
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When you take a screenshot of a window on your Mac, it also captures the shadow of the window. It looks great, but it might not be ideal if you share a screenshot online or for work. Although the drop shadow adds a visually pleasing border, but more often than not, the effect makes it more difficult for screenshots to align properly in documents and webpages due to the shadow around them.

  • First, use the Command+Shift+4 keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot of a window.
  • The window will be chosen. Presently, hold the Option key when you press the Left Mouse catch to take the screen capture.
  • When you’re in your desktop you’ll see that there’s no shadow on the screenshot!

Use the Terminal command to disable shadows on all window screenshots

  • Open the Terminal app
  • You can do this by clicking on Cmd+Space to search for Spotlight. You can find it in the Launchpad, too.
  • paste in the following statement, after this click the Return/Enter key.

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

  • To save the preference, paste the following line and press the Return/Enter key.

killall SystemUIServer

  • And this is it. Your window screenshots won’t have a shadow anymore!
  • If you want to reverse this change in the future, please use the following lines of code.

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

killall SystemUIServer

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