In prior versions of MacOS, hitting Cmd-Shift-4 immediately gave you a crosshair, allowed you to choose a rectangle, and immediately saved the image to the desktop. Now MacOS 10.14 Mojave shows a thumbnail of the image, and requires some time and an extra two clicks before saving the image.

How do I default the settings and always save the image immediately?



If you have a trackpad or touchscreen, then swipe right on the thumbnail and it's saved immediately. If you have a mouse, then drag the image to the right, and it's saved immediately.

To have the screenshots saved immediately, then hit Cmd-Shift-5, choose the Options menu at the bottom of the screen, and uncheck "Show Floating Thumbnail."

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  • ...or the more obvious, also mentioned on that page - Options: uncheck Show Floating Thumbnail. – Tetsujin Mar 7 '19 at 7:52
  • I'm searching that page, and don't find "uncheck" – Christopher Hostage Mar 7 '19 at 16:19
  • Change the settings... Click Options in the onscreen controls to change these settings : ... Show Floating Thumbnail: Choose whether to show the thumbnail. – Christopher Hostage Mar 7 '19 at 16:21
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    Found it. Hit Cmd-Shift-5 . Note the Options at the bottom of the screen (same color as the Dark theme night sands, so I missed it before). In the Options menu, uncheck "Show Floating Thumbnail." Updating the answer, thanks for the pointer. – Christopher Hostage Mar 7 '19 at 16:25

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