As you must have noticed, the screenshots that you take on Mac are saved to the desktop. A good way to avoid the possibility of your desktop being cluttered with screenshots is to change default screenshot location on Mac.

Default Screenshot Location on Mac

Whenever you take a screenshot on Mac using Command + Shift + 3 or Command + Shift + 4 keys, the screenshots end up getting saved on the desktop of your Mac.

Command For Screenshot On Mac

You can use the shortcuts Command + Shift + 3 to capture a full-screen screenshot and Command + Shift + 4 to take a selected region unless you have activated the shortcuts. Go to 'System Preferences' 'Keyboard & Mouse' 'Keyboard Shortcuts' check whether the shortcuts are activated or not under Screen Shots, and also check that they have not been assigned to something else. This screenshot is saved to the user's desktop, with one PNG file per attached monitor. If the user holds down Ctrl while doing either then the screenshot will be copied to the clipboard instead. Beginning with Mac OS X Panther, it is possible to make a screenshot of an active application window.

Keeping the desktop as the default Screenshot Location on Mac makes it easy for you to find the screenshot, in case you just took a screenshot.

Command For Screen Capture On Mac

However, this default setup has the potential to clutter up the desktop and it can also make it difficult to find the right screenshot, in case the desktop of your Mac is already filled with previously taken screenshots.

Hence, we are providing below the steps to Change Screenshot Location on Mac to a dedicated Folder on your Mac or any other location of your choice.

Change Default Screenshot Location on Mac to a Dedicated Folder

Follow the steps below to change default screenshot location on Mac to a dedicated folder on your Mac.

1. First create a folder on the desktop of your Mac to store screenshots. In this case we have created a folder called “Screenshots” and placed it on the desktop of our Mac.

2. Click on the Finder Icon located in the Task-bar of your Mac (See image below).

3. In the Finder Window, first click on Applications in the side-menu and then scroll down and click on the Utilities Folder (See image below)

4. In the Utilities Folder, click on Terminal.app (See image below).

5. Once the Terminal Window is open, type defaults write com.apple.screencapture location and do not press the enter key yet.

6. Next, enter a space after “location” and then drag the Screenshots Folder into the Terminal window. This will automatically enter the file path of the folder (See image below)

If you are unable to drag the folder into the Terminal window, simply enter the File path of the Screenshots Folder. Since, the Screenshots Folder is on the desktop, its File path would be Users/Username/Desktop/Screenshots. Once the File Path is enterred, hit the Enter key on the keyboard of your Mac.

7. Next, type the command: killall SystemUIServer and hit the Enter key once again.

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Keyboard Shortcut For Screenshot On Mac

This will change the default screenshot location on Mac to Screenshots Folder, located on the desktop of your Mac.

Get Back to Default Screenshot Location on Mac

At anytime you can get back to the default screenshot location (Desktop) setup by following the steps below.

1. Click on the Finder Icon located in the Task-bar of your Mac (See image below).

Mac Screenshot Command

2. In the Finder Window, first click on Applications in the side-menu and then scroll down and click on the Utilities Folder (See image below)

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3. In the Utilities Folder, click on Terminal.app (See image below).

4. On the terminal window, type defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/Your-Username/Desktop/ and hit the enter key

Note: In the place of “Your-Username” type in the actual username of your user account on Mac.

5. Next, type killall SystemUIServer and hit the Enter key on the keyboard of your Mac

Command For Screenshot On Macbook

This will get you back to the default setup on Mac for screenshots. All the screenshots that you take on Mac will be saved to the Desktop.

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