Screen shot short cuts format?

in macOS edited January 2014
I don't know why but I have one machine that when I do a ⌘-Shift-4 the screen shot is saved as a png instead of a jpg. Does anyone know how to change this?


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    bergermeisterbergermeister Posts: 6,784member
    I'm not sure and a quick check didn't reveal an answer, but I do know you can convert images within Preview; just save as and choose another format. Sorta a long way around, but...

    I've used SnapZ Pro for years. It lets you choose the format each time you take a snap, but it costs a little.

    Voila might be good and lets you do lots of marking up and organizing which is cool; there are others. Flysketch comes to mind.
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    Terminal Tips: Change your current screenshot format

    by Cory Bohon on Sep 11th 2008

    Do you like using the built-in Mac OS X screenshot utility but dislike the format of the output file? With this simple Terminal hack, you can easily change the file format of the image. Open (/Applications/Utilities) and type the following command:

    defaults write type jpg

    You can replace "jpg" with your desired file format (example: tiff, pdf, png, etc.). If you wish to change it back to defaults, Mac OS X originally grabs screens in png format. To activate the changes, just logout of your account and then log back in.

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