In Mac OS X version 10.14 Mojave, when taking a screenshot a thumbnail is displayed for a few seconds before the file is created. See Apple’s How to take a screenshot on your Mac Markup, share, and save for more details.
Unfortunately I don’t want this delay. I take a lot of screenshots (using
4) and typically want to upload the image without making any changes, making this delay frustrating. This is how I removed the delay.
First: Open the Screenshot Interface
5 to open the screenshot interface.
Second: Open the Options Menu
Options drop down.
Third: Remove the Floating Thumbnail
Show Floating Thumbnail option.
Now screenshots files will be created immediately and no thumbnail will be displayed.
perfect — thanks!
Robb Cyr says
This didn’t work by itself for me on two Macbooks however when I ran First Aid in Disk Utility after changing floating screenshot setting the thumbnails started appearing immediately.
Sal Ferrarello says
That is interesting behavior I haven’t seen yet. Since the First Aid function in Disk Utility looks for errors on your drive, I’m surprised it would have an impact on these settings. I wonder if running it had the same effect as rebooting the computer (I’ve not had to reboot a machine to get this behavior but I can imagine it). Regardless of the root cause, thanks for sharing your experience.
yes unbelievably mine too got solved by running first aid in disk utility on catalina OS.
update : it comes back after reboot and one has to use first aid again
Thanks for taking the time to post this, and to take photos of your screen, answering the age old question, “How do you take screenshots of a screenshot interface?”
pressing cmd+shift+3 while inside the screenshot interface captures the interface as well
Mario Zaizar says
You’re a true hero. I’ve been annoyed by the delay since they introduce it.
Janine Long says
Thank you so much!
Thanks! Every update they make my mac slower and sillier. (Guys, im not going to buy new one this way, nope)
I removed the delay from settings but still have an odd behavior.
After I take a screen shot, my expectation is that the screen shot would immediately show up on my desktop.
I take a screen shot and the new screen shot icon shows up after 10 seconds.
However, if I click on an empty spot on the desktop (or click on Finder icon) then the new screen shot icon immediately shows up.
Tried this but there is still a delay
I turn floating back on and after a few minutes turned it off again… now it works!!
Mick Guinn says
Dear gods, bless you.
This was a really dumb default option Apple added as if we couldn’t locate a screenshot?
Thank you for this tip. I just couldn’t figure out why it kept hanging there even after I’d set the timer to “0” “Floating Thumbnail.” Geez. What a dumb thing to have to change TWO default settings just to get things back to the way they were. 5-6 seconds doesn’t seem like a lot until you realize it’s a halt in your productivity cycle that does absolutely nothing.
Thanks so much for a quick, clear explanation!
OMG THANK YOU!!!
Thanks for this tip, but ideally I would like to have the option “show floating thumbnail” AND save it immediately. The background ist, I mostly send the screenshot after taking them by dragging that thumbnail on the chat window, BUT when I do so, the screenshot gets sent but never saved. Very often I do need that screenshots again 🙁
You are the One, thanks for sharing