How To Disable Screenshot Thumbnail On Mac

When you take a screenshot or screen recording, a little screenshot thumbnail preview will appear for a few seconds, and if you do nothing and if you ignore it, your screenshot (or video recording) will be saved, by default, to your desktop, unless you change your chosen save location (see also: How To Change Mac Screenshot Locations).

This article explains how you can disable the thumbnail of the screenshot popup that appears in the lower-right corner of your screen and floats there briefly after you take a screenshot or video on your Mac.

floating screenshot preview

Many people may find this a neat feature that lets you share and edit the image easily by using the markup tools in the toolbar (you can crop, rotate, annotate etc). But some others may find it annoying. If you find this feature is annoying, and if you do not want the small preview to appear, then this article is for you. Here is how:

See also: How To Record Your Face and Screen On Your Mac

Hide the floating screenshot thumbnail

  1. Open the Screenshot utility on your Mac. There are few ways to open this. You can choose one of them:
    • By pressing Command-Shift-5, or
    • By going to the Other folder in Launchpad, or
    • By going to Applications/Utilities folder in the Finder, or
    • By searching for “Screenshots” in Spotlight.
  2. Click the Options menu.screenshot utility
  3. Deselect Show Floating ThumbnailDisable floating thumbnail
  4. Exit the Screenshot utility

Now these little preview popups will not appear. When you take a screenshot, it will directly go to the chosen save location.

macOS lets you capture or video record the entire screen, a window, or just a selected portion of the screen.

See also: Screen Recording Failed To Save Error Fix

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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1 thought on “How To Disable Screenshot Thumbnail On Mac”

  1. This utility used to work perfectly but now every attempt to use it darkens the portion of the screen I do not want to snashot and leaved it darkened, I cannot dorce wuit screenshot and it doesnt respond and it doesn’t create a screenshot either. I have reboot to clear it


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