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Selectively removing the drop shadow from screenshots on macOS Big Sur

One of my personal preferences with macOS is removing the drop shadow from screenshots. On macOS Catalina and earlier, I was able to to turn off drop shadows on screenshots by running the following commands:

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

This appears to not work on fresh installs of macOS Big Sur, though it appears to still work on Big Sur Macs who had the setting applied prior to upgrading to Big Sur. However, when using keyboard shortcuts to make screenshots, it looks like there’s a way to selectively add or remove the drop shadow at the time of making the screenshot. For more details, please see below the jump.

To take a screenshot of window or menu with a drop shadow:

1. Click Command + Shift + 4 + Spacebar
2. Wait for the mouse pointer to change into a camera icon.
3. Click on the window to take the screenshot.

The screenshot should be taken and have a drop shadow.

Screen Shot 2021 03 03 at 9 30 59 AM

 

 

To take a screenshot of window or menu without a drop shadow:

1. Click Command + Shift + 4 + Spacebar
2. Wait for the mouse pointer to change into a camera icon.
3. Hold down the Option key
4. Click on the window to take the screenshot.
5. Release the Option key

The screenshot should be taken and not have a drop shadow.

Screen Shot 2021 03 03 at 9 31 14 AM

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