How to Disable Screenshot Preview on Mac?

Screenshot preview thumbnails on Mac can be annoying for many users. If you don’t like it, there’s how to disable screenshot preview on Mac in few steps.

When you take a screenshot on a Mac, the macOS displays a tiny thumbnail of the screenshot in the lower-right corner of the screen for a few moments before saving the image.

Why did apple add this Thumbnail?

Thumbnail is an update to macOS’s built-in screenshot editing feature, which has been present since Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave.

According to Apple, it’s a feature that allows users to edit screenshots quickly. If you click on the screenshot thumbnail that appears, the screenshot opens in a special editor that allows you to crop the image or annotate it with drawings, shapes, or text before it gets saved to disk. You also have a chance to discard the image if you don’t like it.

But for people who just want to quickly take a screenshot, it’s annoying. Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to disable this feature.

How to disable screenshot preview thumbnails on Mac?

To disable this feature:

  • Press Command+Shift+5 from anywhere on the Mac.
  • A special screenshot toolbar will pop up at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on the “Options” button.
How to disable screenshot preview thumbnails on Mac?
How to disable screenshot preview thumbnails on Mac?
  • A small menu will pop up. In the “Options” section of that menu, uncheck “Show Floating Thumbnail.”

  • When you’re done, close the screenshot toolbar by pressing “Escape” or clicking on the tiny “X” button.

That’s all. Now when you take a screenshot using Command+Shift+3 or Command+Shift+4, the image will be quickly saved directly with no more Screenshot Preview.


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