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Change Location of Screenshots on Mac

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Do you take screenshots on your mac very often? Then this post will be very helpful for you. The default location to save the screenshots using the keys Command + Shift + 3 in the mac is Desktop. Every time you save the screenshot, the file is saved on the desktop. And if you do it very often, then there are chances that your desktop will be messed up with all the screenshot files.  You need to clean up your desktop regularly by deleting the unwanted screenshots. Even if you delete them, if there are lots of screenshot files on your desktop, then it looks very ugly with all the screenshots occupying the space. You can use third party apps for saving it to other location, but why install other softwares for this purpose?

What if there was a way to change the default location of screenshots being saved? Below I explain you how to do it using terminal on your mac.

Change the Location of Saving Screenshots on Mac :

1. To Begin, first you need to decide where you want your screenshots to be stored in the future. Open the desired location and create a new folder. In the Example below I have created a folder called ‘Screenshots’ in one of my drives.

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2. Open Terminal app and type the following code :

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location

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After typing the above code, Hit Space after the word ‘Location’ in the above code. And then drag and drop the screenshot folder you created in the terminal window. It will put in the complete path to the screenshot folder and you don’t have to manually type the path.

Now the full command will look like the below code :

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Volumes/D\ Drive/Screenshots/

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Hit Enter. Once the above command has run successfully, type the below code and hit Enter. It will save the changes you have made and reset the UI on your mac.

killall SystemUIServer

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Now try to take a test screenshot and you will see the screenshot file getting saved into the new screenshot folder that you have created.

Restoring the Screenshot Location back to Desktop :

If you ever want to change the default location of the screenshots to desktop, then you can follow the below steps :

Open up the Terminal app on Mac. Type the following Code and hit Enter. Don’t forget to replace ‘Devil’ with your own username.

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/Devil/Desktop/

After running the above code successfully, type the below code to make the changes and reset the UI on your mac.

killall SystemUIServer

That’s all.

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