How to ban screenshot on Mac

Updated : Nov 20, 2021
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I will show you how to ban screenshot and recordingon your Mac.

Please refer to it when you want to ban screenshots for security at school or work.

Overview

Flowchart

Workflow

While searching various sites, I found a way to use a system configuration file called “Profile” as a way to ban Mac screenshots.

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The advantages of using a profile are:

  • You can change the settings at any time by installing / uninstalling the profile
  • Just install / uninstall the profile, so you can save labor on multiple Macs

Operating environment

I have confirmed the operation in the following environment:

  • macOS 10.14 Mojave (Intel Mac)
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina (Intel Mac)
  • macOS 11 Big Sur (Apple Silicon Mac)

① Screenshot prohibition setting

Mac configuration

▶ Click the link below to open the profile publishing page.

profiles/DisableScreenshotCreation at main · rtrouton/profiles
Management profiles for OS X / macOS. Contribute to rtrouton/profiles development by creating an account on GitHub.

▶ When the page opens, click the link named “DisableScreenshotCreation.mobileconfig” to view the contents of the profile.

DisableScreenshotCreation

▶ When the contents of the profile are displayed, start an editor such as Apple genuine “TextEdit.app”, and then copy and paste the contents.

DisableScreenshotCreation

▶ After copying and pasting into the editor, save the file with the following settings:

File formatPlain text format
File nameDisableScreenshotCreation.mobileconfig
Mac Textedit

▶ After saving the profile, double-click it to launch the installation screen.

Install profile

▶ As shown in the figure, when you receive the notification of installation failure, open “System Preferences”.

Even if you don’t get a notification, open “System Preferences”.

Mac Profile Installation Warning

▶ After opening System Preferences, click Profile.

Mac "System Preferences"

▶ When the “Profile” opens, click the “Install” button.

Mac "System Preferences" -> "Profile"

▶ Several confirmation screens will be displayed during the installation, but follow the instructions on each screen to proceed with the installation.

Mac Profile Installation Confirmation
Mac Profile Installation Confirmation

▶ When the image is displayed, the profile installation is complete.

Mac "System Preferences" -> "Profile"

② Operation check

Try using keyboard shortcuts to see if screenshots are really banned.

ItemKeyboard Shortcut
① Capture full screenshift + command ⌘ + 3
② Capture in any areashift + command ⌘ + 4
③ Capture a window or menushift + command ⌘ + 4

 

and

space

④ Launch “Screenshot.app”

 

(macOS 10.14 Mojave or later)

shift + command ⌘ + 5
⑤ Capture touch bar

 

(Only touch bar models)

shift + command ⌘ + 6

If it is set rightly, when you press the keyboard shortcut, the error screen such as “Screenshot cannot be saved” is displayed as shown below.

Mac "Screenshot can't be saved."

③ Lifting the screenshot ban

If you delete the installed profile, you will be able to take screenshots again.

The procedure is as follows.

▶ Open “System Preferences”.

▶ After opening System Preferences, click Profile.

Mac "System Preferences"

▶ When the Profile appears, select the Disable Screenshot Creation icon from the left column, then click the button-below the column.

Click to delete the profile and you will be able to take the screenshot again.

Mac "System Preferences" -> "Profile"

Reference information

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Use configuration profiles to standardize settings on Mac computers
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