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Since macOS 10.14 Mojave Screenshots that are created, for example, with the keyboard shortcut cmd + Shift + 3 on the Mac, are displayed as a preview at the bottom right of the screen. If you click on the small picture, you jump directly into the editing of the graphic in order to be able to add comments, make markings or make other adjustments. Maybe you don't want that at all and want to turn off the macOS screenshot preview. For this - as well as for shortening the preview and the time it takes to save the image on the desktop or the assigned target folder - I have compiled instructions for each of the following.
The miniature display from iOS on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for marking, individual saving and sharing is practical if you want to treat each screenshot individually. But if the workflow is already defined and you just want to save new screenshots, then the preview at the bottom right is of course annoying. Especially since the automatic saving is only realized when the preview has disappeared - so it can take several seconds before the Mac screenshot is even available as a file.
Therefore, here are the instructions for deactivating the screenshot thumbnail under macOS, which also speeds up saving:
Of course, it can also be the other way around: you actually want to edit each screenshot individually and therefore like to use the preview function. Only here and there do you want to save the Mac screenshot directly without editing it or sharing it with others. Here you can use the same procedure that also ends the thumbnail view on the iPhone and iPad: simply swipe the small image to the side. This is very easy by holding it down with the mouse or trackpad and dragging it to the right edge of the display and then releasing the mouse button or the trackpad. The recording will be saved.
If you make a screen recording using command + Shift + 3, command + Shift + 4 or command + Shift + 5, it is usually saved automatically - with or without a previous mini-display. (When using the above-mentioned macOS app for individual recording, after setting the recording area, you can also press command + c (⌘ + c) to place the section on the clipboard and paste it into Photoshop, Affinity Photo or the like.) In order to put the picture not on the desk, but in its own folder, you proceed as follows:
If you want to put screenshots in the Dropbox folder, there is also a simpler procedure via the menu bar icon. Just click on that Dropbox icon in the macOS menu bar, then click the Gear and on Settings .... In the tab Import then put the tick next to it Share screenshots in Dropbox. This deactivates the actual storage location and sets the Dropbox folder as the storage location.
More information and instructions: Apple Support
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.