Screenshots on Mac: How to customize the Screenshot experience

I spend a lot of time taking screenshots for tutorials and various news, and because I'm a Mac user, I've been looking for some solutions to customize the capture experience.

If you're using an Apple system, you have a number of options for taking screenshots. From the Preview application, which opens photos or PDFs by default on the Mac, go to File and choose Take Screenshoot. Immediately, you have three options for capturing screenshots, one area (Selection), one full window (Windows), and full screen.

On the Mac, in addition to a dedicated application called Screenshot, which you can find by clicking on the magnifying glass at the top right of the screen, you have some key combinations with similar results. Press Shift Command 3 to take a full screen capture. To capture a section of the screen that you define manually using the cursor, press Shift Command 4.

By default, all your screenshots go to Downloads, the directory you find in Finder, and where you download and download files from the Internet. To change that location, you need to open Terminal by clicking the magnifying glass on the top right or the Launchpad in the Other section.

Create the desired screenshot folder in the Finder and leave the window open. Enter the terminal and write “com.apple.screencapture location” without quotes. Put a space at the end and drag the previously created directory into the terminal window to automatically complete the path to it. Press Enter to confirm.

Another detail that helped me was to change the default screenshot extension. These are PNG type, and I need JPG. You can also choose TIFF, GIF or PDF, in addition to PNG. To change the capture format, open Terminal and type, without quotation marks, “com.apple.screencapture type”, followed by the space and extension for the desired format. I used “com.apple.screencapture type JPG”. From that moment, all screenshots are in JPG, until the next time I change the extension.

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