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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures System 10.5
Leopard has a new unwelcome (to me, at least) feature -- a shadow around whole-window screenshots (ie, Command-Shift-4, Space). Fortunately this can be disabled from Terminal with this command:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true
To make the changes take effect, logout and login, or restart SystemUIServer.

[robg adds: This works, and I activated it with killall SystemUIServer in Terminal. To add the shadow effect back in, delete the newly-added pref: defaults delete com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow, then restart SystemUIServer again.]
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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: backwardm on Jun 30, '08 08:02:48AM

Thank you so much for this hint. How these snippets are discovered is beyond me, but I have always thought the shadow in the snapshots were too much, and wished for some way to remove them (beyond a few minutes in Photoshop for each snap) Thanks for the hint.



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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: Fairly on Jul 04, '08 12:22:43AM

Ditto. This is a fiver all the way. As to how these things are discovered: people check for strings in the binaries. Good work and thank you!



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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: Coumerelli on Jun 30, '08 08:13:28AM

Is there an extra space in the hinted code? Between the words "write" and "com?" I took it out when I ran the hint in terminal.

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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: robg on Jun 30, '08 08:25:13AM

There was (I removed it), but it shouldn't matter...

-rob.



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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: DougAdams on Jun 30, '08 08:45:42AM

Also, you may want to roll yer own. Have a look at the man page for screencapture in Terminal. Specifically, the -o flag: "In window capture mode, do not capture the shadow of the window."

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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: r0n on Jul 01, '08 03:02:44AM

Best part of the man page is in the "Bugs" section:
"Better documentation is needed for this utility."

;)



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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: mm2270 on Jun 30, '08 09:00:14AM

Fantastic hint. Thanks for letting us know about this. I never could stand the shadows in the screen captures. Especially since Leopard's window shadows are much wider than they were in Tiger.



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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: chrischram on Jun 30, '08 11:34:42AM

Great hint! Thanks.

One comment: After I killed SystemUIServer my virtual memory usage went through the ceiling and my system speed went down the crapper. I think a simple Restart would be a safer choice.



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Use grab for temporary capturing without the shadow
Authored by: lowbatteries on Jun 30, '08 02:18:07PM

For those of you looking to do this on a one-time basis, you can use Grab (in /Applications/Utilities) - it doesn't capture the shadow.



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Use grab for temporary capturing without the shadow
Authored by: wjv on Aug 14, '08 12:26:54AM

Grabbing with Preview (File -> Grab -> Window) also doesn't capture the shadow, for what it's worth.

It's actually good to know you can do it both ways, since sometimes you do want that shadow…



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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: fursonice on Jun 30, '08 10:40:30PM

excuse me for butting in here... but is there a way capture menu windows with the 'title"... like File or Edit, etc.?



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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: maaac on Jul 01, '08 11:20:54AM
Great hint, thank you.

Although with a minor/negligible complaint: If you're capturing the Dock (Command-Shift-4, Space) the resulting image is extremely stretched (dimensions of the screens resolution minus the menubar).

Hopefully this is the only oddness.

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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: MrsMiniver on Jul 01, '08 02:43:12PM

Thank you! I do quite a few screenshots to use on my web site, and this is always an annoyance. You can also restart the SystemUIServer from Activity Monitor: show all processes, select it, Force Quit, it should immediately restart.
Mrs. Miniver



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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: pmbuko on Jul 29, '08 03:16:39PM
Using this hint as a starting point, I wrote a little bash script that lets you type "shotshadows off" and "shotshadows on" in the terminal to control your screenshot shadows. It's available here:

http://yourmacguy.wordpress.com/2008/07/29/screenshot-shadows/

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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: hj45lp on Oct 13, '10 06:54:08AM

Just for the record: this way of disabling shadows works also for Snow Leopard (10.6.4).

Best regards,
Thomas



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10.5: Disable shadow in screen window captures
Authored by: cheeet on Aug 04, '11 09:38:02AM

Works in Lion too!



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