Introducing items that can be set with the screenshot function of Mac

Updated : Nov 24, 2021
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I will introduce the items that can be set with the screenshot function of Mac.

There are two methods, one is to set from the screen and the other is to enter commands in “Terminal.app”.

I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each and the specific procedure.

What items can be set with the screenshot function of Mac?

Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

Before explaining the screenshot settings, let’s review a little.

Let’s check the basic operation of the screenshot.

On Mac, you can easily take screenshots with the following keyboard shortcuts.

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
Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

Was that OK about the basic operation of the screenshot?

Now, let’s talk about the screenshot settings.

It has always been possible to change the file format, save location, and file name when taking screenshots using the genuine Mac app “Terminal.app”.

Previously, it was possible to change the file format, save location, and file name when taking screenshots using the genuine Mac app “Terminal.app”.

However, it has been a tricky technique rather than for general users.

Mac Terminal.app Icon
Terminal.app Icon

However, in macOS 10.14 Mojave or later, when you launch “Screenshot.app” app in ④, you can change settings such as the save location and the display of the mouse pointer, although it is a part.

Mac Screenshot.app Icon
Screenshot.app Icon

The method using “Terminal.app” can still be used on macOS 10.14 Mojave or later.

Mr. otter
Mr. otter

Does that mean that since macOS 10.14 Mojave or later, we can set screenshots in both “Terminal.app” and “Screenshots.app”?

Little devil fox
Little devil fox

Yeah, we can use both 10.14 Mojave or later.

However, depending on the content, it may be possible to set only in “Terminal.app”.

Little devil fox
Little devil fox

So, I’ve summarized the advantages and disadvantages of “Terminal.app” and “Screenshot.app”.

ItemTerminal.app
Mac Terminal.app Icon
Screenshot.app
Mac Screenshot.app Icon
macOS versions・All versions・10.14 Mojave or later
Advantages・Fine-tuned settings are possible・Easy to set by screen operation
Disadvantages・Command input required・Some items cannot be set
Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

Almost understood!

Then, after this, the specific operation method will be introduced!

<meta charset="utf-8">Little devil fox
Little devil fox

Yeah, there are many things that can be set, and the explanation may be confusing.

You don’t have to think about remembering everything, so it’s a good idea to bookmark this page in case you have a problem.

<meta charset="utf-8">Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

It’s a simple question, but what happens when both are set?

<meta charset="utf-8">Little devil fox
Little devil fox

The last setting is more effective.

<meta charset="utf-8">Little devil fox
Little devil fox

The reason is that the setting information set in “Screenshot.app” and “Terminal.app” is shared, and the operation method looks different.

<meta charset="utf-8">Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

I see!

Does that mean that “Screenshot.app” is overlaid on the old “Terminal.app” setting method?

Little devil fox
Little devil fox

That understanding is right.

Like this time, the original app is overlaid with another easy-to-operate app, which is called a “wrapper”.

There are several other wrappers on Mac, for example “Disk Utility” was originally a “Terminal.app” command.

Mac 「ディスクユーティリティ」

This is the end of the explanation, “What items can be set with the screenshot function of Mac?”.

Compare with the list of configurable items in the screenshot

The items that can be set in the genuine Mac application “Terminal.app” and “Screenshot.app” are compared.

Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

They’re almost same, but different here and there.

小悪魔キツネ
小悪魔キツネ

You can jump to the respective operation instructions by clicking the titles and icons of “i) Terminal.app” and “ii) Screenshot.app” at the top.

ItemTerminal.app
Mac Terminal.app Icon
Screenshot.app
Mac Screenshot.app Icon
① File format・PNG
・JPEG
・PDF
・GIF
・TIFF
・BMP
・PSD
・JPEG 2000
・TGA
・PICT
・SGI
・Cannot be set
(PNG only)
② Save location・Can be set
anywhere
you can open
it in the Finder
・Can be set
anywhere
you can open
it in the Finder
③ Copy to clipboard・Can be set・Can be set
④ Attach to “Mail.app”・Can be set・Can be set
⑤ Attach to “Messages.app”・Can be set・Can be set
⑥ Open in “Preview.app”・Can be set・Can be set
⑦ File name・Can be setCannot be set
⑧ No shadow・Can be setCannot be set
⑨ Floating thumbnail・Can be set・Can be set
⑩ Remember the last selection・Can be set・Can be set
⑪ Show mouse pointer・Can be set・Can be set
⑫ Timer・Can be set to any second・None
・5 seconds
・10 seconds

ⅰ) Change settings in “Terminal.app”

Mac Terminal.app Icon

▶ In Mac Finder, double-click the application “Terminal.app” in the folder “Applications” -> “Utilities” to start it.

Mac "Terminal.app"

▶ When the terminal starts, copy and paste the required command from the command list linked below, and finally press return on the keyboard to execute it.

Mac ターミナル.app
Mac US Keyboard
① File format
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, the file format is:

  • PNG

①-a) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type "file format"
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

The “file format”, change it to the format you want to change!

Specifically, look for the file format in the list below and copy and paste the command.

File formatCommand
PNG
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png
JPEG
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg
or
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpeg
PDF
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type pdf
GIF
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type gif
TIFF
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type tif
BMP
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type bmp
PSD
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type psd
JPEG 2000
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jp2
TGA
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type tga
PICT
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type pict
SGI
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type sgi

①-b) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture type

①-c) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture type
② Save location
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, the save location is:

  • ~/Desktop

②-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location "save location"
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

The “save location”, change it to the location you want to change!

For example, when changing “Pictures”, you need to write this:

The “~” at the beginning represents the home folder (home of the user folder).

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Pictures

②-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture location

②-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture location
③ Copy to clipboard
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, “Copy to clipboard” is disabled.

③-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture target clipboard

③-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture target

③-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture target
④ Attach to “Mail.app”
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, “Attach to Mail.app” is disabled.

④-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture target mail

④-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture target

④-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture target
⑤ Attach to “Messages.app”
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, “Attach to Messages.app” is disabled.

⑤-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture target messages

⑤-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture target

⑤-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture target
⑥ Open in “Preview.app”
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, “Open in Preview.app” is disabled.

⑥-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture target preview

⑥-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture target

⑥-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture target
⑦ File name
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, the screenshots are named as follows:

  • Screen Shot Date Time

The following is a sample of the actual file name:

  • Screen Shot 10-08-2021 10.12.35

⑦-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture name "file name"
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Change the file name to the name you want to change!

You can change the default “Screen Shot” part.

⑦-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture name

⑦-3) Check

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture name
⑧ No shadow
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, “With shadow” is enabled.

(= No shadow is disabled.)

⑧-1) Change

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

⑥-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow

⑥-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow
⑨ Floating thumbnail
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, “Floating thumbnail” is enabled.

⑨-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture show-thumbnail -bool false

⑨-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture show-thumbnail

⑨-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture show-thumbnail
⑩ Remember the last selection
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, “Remember the last selection” is enabled.

⑩-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture save-selections -bool false

⑩-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture save-selections

⑩-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture save-selections
⑪ Show mouse pointer
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, “Show mouse pointer” is disabled.

⑪-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture showsCursor -bool true

⑪-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture showsCursor

⑪-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture showsCursor
⑫ Timer
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By default, “Timer” is disabled.

⑫-1) Change

defaults write com.apple.screencapture target captureDelay -float "second(s)"
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

For the number of second(s), change it to the number you want to change!

You can also use the decimal point.

For example, for 30 seconds or 1.5 seconds, it looks like this:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture target captureDelay -float 30
defaults write com.apple.screencapture target captureDelay -float 1.5

⑫-2) Restore

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture target captureDelay

⑫-3) Check

defaults read com.apple.screencapture target captureDelay

This is the end of the explanation, “i) Change settings in Terminal.app”.

ⅱ) Change settings in “Screenshot.app”

Mac Screenshot.app Icon

▶ Launch the app “Screenshot.app” with the following keyboard shortcut.

  • shift + command ⌘ + 5
Mac US Keyboard

▶ When you reach the screen where you want to take a screenshot, click the word “Options” from the list of icons and menus displayed at the bottom of the screen.

Mac "Screenshot.app"

▶ The menu opens as shown and a list of items is displayed.

Mac "Screenshot.app"

Change the settings as needed.

ItemDescription
① File format・Cannot be set
(PNG Only)
② Save location・Desktop
・Documents
・Other Location…
③ Copy to clipboard・Clipboard
④ Attach to “Mail.app”・Mail
⑤ Attach to “Messages.app”・Messages
⑥ Open in “Preview.app”・Preview
⑦ File Name・Cannot be set
⑧ No shadow・Cannot be set
⑨ Floating thumbnail・Show Floating Thumbnail
⑩ Remember the last selection・Remember Last Selection
⑪ Show muose pointer・Show Mouse Pointer
⑫ Timer・None
・5 seconds
・10 seconds

▶ To close the screen, press esc on your keyboard.

Mac US Keyboard

This is the end of the explanation, “ii) Change settings in Screenshot.app”.

Conclusion

I have introduced the items that can be set in the screenshot of Mac.

There are two main methods, “Screenshot.app” and “Terminal.app”.

It’s a good idea to use “Screenshot.app”, which is easy to set, and then use “Terminal.app” for items that cannot be set.

This is the end of this article.

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