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Shadowless Screenshots with macOS 11

tehabe

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In the past it was very easy to get rid of the annoying shadows in screeshots:

Code:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow true
killall SystemUIServer

And you are done. But this doesn't work in macOS 11 and I can't find an answer to that on Google or anywhere else.

Does anyone know a way to get rid of those window shadows by default?
 

hwojtek

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Onyx maintenance tool from Titanium Software.

Catalina:

onyx_catalina.png


Big Sur:

onyx_big sur.jpg
 
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tehabe

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I didn't want to install another application, just turn off the shadows. *sigh*
 
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chabig

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Onyx is just an interface to the system. So there exists a terminal command to do what you want. The puzzle is figuring it out.
 
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dsemf

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I have not checked on Big Sur, but I have always used the option key to suppress the border.

DS
 
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AppelGeenyus

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defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true
killall SystemUIServer
 
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hwojtek

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

In the past it was very easy to get rid of the annoying shadows in screeshots:

Code:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow true
killall SystemUIServer

And you are done. But this doesn't work in macOS 11 and I can't find an answer to that on Google or anywhere else.

Does anyone know a way to get rid of those window shadows by default?
I guess you didn't exactly solve the problem.
 
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retta283

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Could someone provide some info on this screenshot shadow? I must admit I am not certain I have ever noticed this. I do remember that taking a screenshot of an application window looked a bit janky but using Alt + Shift + 3 or + 4 I have never noticed shadows, so not sure if I am thinking of the same thing or not.
Edit: Sorry, Cmd + Shift + 3/4 not alt.
 
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cambookpro

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Could someone provide some info on this screenshot shadow? I must admit I am not certain I have ever noticed this. I do remember that taking a screenshot of an application window looked a bit janky but using Alt + Shift + 3 or + 4 I have never noticed shadows, so not sure if I am thinking of the same thing or not.
One with, one without (you can press Option when taking a window screenshot to manually disable the shadow each time).
 

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mikzn

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Could someone provide some info on this screenshot shadow? I must admit I am not certain I have ever noticed this. I do remember that taking a screenshot of an application window looked a bit janky but using Alt + Shift + 3 or + 4 I have never noticed shadows, so not sure if I am thinking of the same thing or not.
Edit: Sorry, Cmd + Shift + 3/4 not alt.

I use those short cuts / commands almost daily and have never had any shadows ever and not now on Big Sur 11.2 (20D5029f)

Just tried CMD + SHift +3 for a full screen shot and "no shadow"

Same for the others +4 and +5
 
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cambookpro

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I use those short cuts / commands almost daily and have never had any shadows ever and not now on Big Sur 11.2 (20D5029f)

Just tried CMD + SHift +3 for a full screen shot and "no shadow"

Same for the others +4 and +5
The shadow occurs when taking a screenshot of a window, not a portion of/the whole screen - to do this, press Cmd Shift 4 and then press the space bar.
 
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AppelGeenyus

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I guess you didn't exactly solve the problem.
The answer I provided is correct, please read more carefully. In fact, the second line isn't even required anymore.

Here it is again, all you need:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true
 
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