How to Change The Default Filetype Mac Screenshots

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Taking screenshots is the best way to share with your colleagues, IT support staff who can help you fix a problem on your computer or share on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,…

macOS systems will save screenshots as PNG files by default. This is good if you want the image to have high quality, but the disadvantage is that PNG screenshots files often be big in size.

Although you may open the png file by using Preview app, or the third-party image editor, there is still the command line which will help you to save a screenshot as the image format you want.

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How to change the Default Filetype from PNG to JPG

Just open Terminal from Spotlight or LauchPad, then type or paste the following command below and then press Return button.

Changing the Filetype from PNG to JPG

defaults write type jpg; killall SystemUIServer

Changing the Filetype from PNG to GIF

defaults write type gif; killall SystemUIServer

Changing the Filetype from PNG to TIFF

defaults write type tiff; killall SystemUIServer

Changing the Filetype from PNG to PDF

defaults write type PDF; killall SystemUIServer

Back to PNG

To set it all back to PNG, quickly place ‘png’ at the end there.

defaults write type png; killall SystemUIServer

How to Take a Screenshot on macOS

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