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Mac Tips: Change Screen Cap Format to JPG

6 March 2013 1,824 views No Comment

Would you prefer to work with JPG, BMP, TIF or PDF rather than OS X' default PNG format? You can with this Mac tip and just a little Terminal magic.

When you take a screen cap, by default, OS X outputs that to your desktop or the clipboard in PNG format, which is cool with me. However, if you would prefer you to work with JPG, BMP, TIF or PDF, you can with this Mac tip and just a little Terminal magic.

First off, a quartet of quick reminders:

1. Take a fullscreen screen cap, press Command + Control + Shift + 3 (to clipboard)
2. Take a fullscreen screen cap, press Command + Control + 3 (to desktop)
3. Take grab a specific part of the screen, press Command + Control + Shift + 4 (to clipboard)
4. Take grab a specific part of the screen, press Command + Control + 4 (to desktop)

See also: Mac tip: Screen cap a selected window

Now, if you would like to change OS X’s default screen cap output from PNG to JPG, open Terminal (Finder > Applications > Utilities) and type or paste in the following command and hit return.

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg

Again, you can change OS X’s screen cap output format from PNG to JPG, BMP, TIF or PDF and back again by substituting the correct three-letter (lower case) format code.

Know a fun or funky Mac tip or trick? Share it in the comments below…

via Randy McKown

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