I think this has been asked somewhere for lots of versions of OS X/macOS and it seems like it's always a different answer.

I'm trying to remove the shadows around windows and the shadow below the menu bar in macOS 10.14. I'm not using Dark Mode.

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I've tried various options from previous OS versions including Onyx and Reducing transparency in Preferences.

I'm not interested in turning off SIP.

Are there any options out there?


The previous answers in your links all involve using SIMBL -- which is a third-party app that performs a variety of system 'hacks' or extensions. That (and the absence of any known defaults write key, suggests that removing shadows is not something that Apple have provided.


This terminal command should work:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true

Source: macOS Mojave: How to Disable Mojave Screenshot Shadows | The Mac Observer

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    This might work for screenshots but I am trying to remove shadows from windows and the menu bar. – Jason May 18 at 12:29
  • Sorry, my mistake. I'm not sure how to disable shadows in macOS. – Hussein Ali May 20 at 17:14

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