How to Remove Timestamp From Screenshot File Names on Mac

When you take a screenshot on your Mac, it basically gets saved along with the date and time of its being taken in the file name. This makes the name way too big and detailed. And honestly, it does not look nice at all.

If you are tired of looking at them and want to remove those big time stamps, you don’t need to worry, we have your back.

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To remove the time stamp from screenshot file names, follow the steps mentioned below :

Step 1 : Click on Launchpad in your dock, and search for Terminal and click on it.

How to Remove Timestamp From Screenshot File Names on Mac

Step 2 : After Terminal launches, type in the following command and press Enter.

defaults write.com.apple.screencapture “include-date” 0

How to Remove Timestamp From Screenshot File Names on Mac

Step 3 : After executing the above command, run the following command.

killall SystemUIServer

How to Remove Timestamp From Screenshot File Names on Mac

It will reset the system UI on your Mac for the changes to take effect.

Step 4 : Test if the command works. To do so, simply press “Command + Shift + 3” on your keyboard to take a screenshot. The screenshot will be saved on your desktop (unless you have changed the default directory for it), with just the name “Screen Shot”.The subsequent screenshots will be saved as “Screen Shot 1”, “Screen Shot 2”, and so on.

How to Remove Timestamp From Screenshot File Names on Mac

However, some of you may want to add the time stamp back for the purpose of early identification or whatever reason.

To bring the time stamp back to the file name of screenshots :

Step 1 : Launch Terminal using Launchpad on your Mac.

Step 2 : When the Terminal opens, Enter the following command and press Enter.

defaults write.com.apple.screencapture “include-date” 1

How to Remove Timestamp From Screenshot File Names on Mac

Step 3 : After entering the above command, Run the following command to reset the user interface on your Mac for the changes to take effect –

killall SystemUIServer

How to Remove Timestamp From Screenshot File Names on Mac

After you are done with these steps, you are good to go. The Time Stamp will now be back in the screenshot file names.

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