It wasn’t until a few months ago that I decided to see if there was a way to change where Mac screenshots are stored. A little Google digging and I was able to figure out fairly quickly that a simple Terminal command would do the trick. First, you’ll want to make a folder somewhere on your Mac where you want to store screenshots going forward. I put a single folder on my desktop called Screenshots. This way it’s just as easy to find but they’re all contained in a single folder.
Once you decide where you’re going to put your Mac screenshots, you’ll need to know the file path to get there. If you aren’t sure how to find that out, navigate to the folder in any Finder window. Once you’re there, click on View in the top menu and then choose Show Path Bar. You’ll then see the path at the bottom of the Finder window. You’ll need that. How to view the file path of any folder in Finder. Photo: Ally Kazmucha/The App Factor In my example, I’ve placed the folder on my desktop.
How to take a screenshot on a Mac hold down ⌘ command: and shift: and press # 3 = Your Mac captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on the desktop. The file name will look like “Screen shot 2018-12-07 at 08.45.00 AM.png”.
So my path will be: ~/Desktop/Screenshots The tilde is the easiest way to specific the path in the current user’s folder. As you can see from my screenshot above, I only have to specify everything after “Ally” by using the tilde key. How to change where Mac screenshots get stored • Launch the Terminal app on your Mac. The easiest way to get to it is to just search for it. • Next you’ll need to type the following command: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop/Screenshots — obviously you should replace my path with your own.
• Hit Enter on your keyboard. • Now type killall SystemUIServer. • Hit Enter on your keyboard. How to change where your Mac screenshots get stored, Step 1 of 3. Photo: Ally Kazmucha/The App Factor How to change where your Mac screenshots get stored, Step 2 of 3.
Photo: Ally Kazmucha/The App Factor How to change where your Mac screenshots get stored, Step 3 of 3. Photo: Ally Kazmucha/The App Factor That’s it. Try taking some Mac screenshots and make sure they save to the place you specified. If you ever want to change where screenshots are stored back to the your Mac desktop, just repeat these steps and use the path ~/Desktop/ instead.
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Two things First, what happens when you try this? Command-Space (or click on spotlight) then type ‘screen shot’. It should show a list of all of the screen shots that you’ve taken. Then you could find out where they’re being saved by default. I’d then click on the ’show all in finder’ to get a window open which would allow you to sort. Second, instead of using ‘~’ in your defaults write, try /users/yourhomefolder/Desktop instead. I don’t think that this command understands the tilde character.