How to remove the shadow from Mac screenshots

Mac users may have noticed that whenever you take a screenshot of a window on Leopard, the shadow that surrounds the window is also included. If you don’t want screen captures to include the shadow, you can set Leopard not to include it.

  1. Open the Terminal application.
  2. Type the following command, and press Enter:
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true && killall SystemUIServer

You can set it back to normal with the following command:
defaults delete com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow && killall SystemUIServer

6 Responses

  1. Ted Mielczarek July 18, 2008 / 8:35 am

    I actually like the shadow. I don’t know why, but it makes screenshots look a little nicer to me.

  2. Dennis - Payday Loans January 19, 2009 / 4:44 pm

    Thanks a lot. I’ve been looking for this solution for a long time.

  3. Heiko Behrens July 6, 2009 / 7:33 pm

    Thank you. I was looking for this to produce screenshots of an print article.

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