How to Enable Screenshots on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you struggling to capture screenshots on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of enabling screenshots on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Enabling Screenshots on Mac

By default, Mac provides a range of options to capture screenshots. However, if you find that these options are not working for you or have been disabled, follow the steps below to enable them.

Step 1: Open Terminal

To begin, open the Terminal application on your Mac. You can do this by either searching for “Terminal” in Spotlight or navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Step 2: Enter Command

Once the Terminal window is open, enter the following command and press Enter:

defaults write disable-shadow -bool false

This command will enable the drop shadow effect on screenshots captured using keyboard shortcuts.

Step 3: Relaunch SystemUIServer

To apply the changes, you need to relaunch the SystemUIServer process. Enter the following command in Terminal and press Enter:

killall SystemUIServer

This command will restart the SystemUIServer process and ensure that the changes take effect immediately.

Capturing Screenshots Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Now that you have enabled screenshots on your Mac let’s explore some keyboard shortcuts to capture different types of screenshots.

  • Capture Entire Screen: Press Command + Shift + 3. This will capture a screenshot of your entire screen.
  • Capture Selected Area: Press Command + Shift + 4. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair.

    Click and drag to select the area you want to capture.

  • Capture a Window: Press Command + Shift + 4, then press the Spacebar. Your cursor will turn into a camera icon. Simply click on the window you want to capture.

All screenshots will be saved on your desktop by default.

Customizing Screenshot Location

If you prefer to save your screenshots in a different location, follow these steps:

Open the Terminal application as explained earlier.

In Terminal, enter the following command followed by the desired location where you want to save your screenshots:

defaults write com.screencapture location /path/to/folder

Replace /path/to/folder with the actual path of the folder where you want to save your screenshots.

To apply the changes, relaunch SystemUIServer by entering the following command:

Your screenshots will now be saved in the specified folder.

In Conclusion

Capturing screenshots on your Mac is an essential skill that can come in handy for various purposes. By following this tutorial, you have successfully enabled screenshots on your Mac and learned some useful keyboard shortcuts for capturing different types of screenshots. You also discovered how to customize the screenshot location according to your preference.

We hope this guide has been helpful! Now go ahead and capture those important moments or share useful information with others using screenshots on your Mac!

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