By default, whenever you take a screenshot of your Mac, the resulting screenshot file will get saved in your desktop. This helps you have quick access to it, however, for the users who take a lot of screenshots on their Mac, this typically results in the desktop being cluttered with files. Fortunately, macOS gives you an option to change the location where your Mac screenshots are saved. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to change the default screenshot location on your Mac. Take a look.
In order to change the default location for storing screenshots, you can use the Terminal app on your Mac. This powerful app gives you the ability to edit the Apple default values. Just do the following:
Step 1: Open the Terminal app on your Mac. You can either use spotlight to search for Terminal or locate it in Launchpad.
Step 2: Enter the following command:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /path/
You will need to replace the /path/ sequence with the path of the folder you would like to save your Mac screenshot files to.
For instance, if you want to save the screenshots to the user (~) Pictures folder, you would use:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Pictures/
Step 3: Once done, you press Enter on your keyboard.
Step 4: Next, enter the following command:
Step 5: Lastly, press Enter on your keyboard.
Now, let’s take a screenshot of your Mac using the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + 3, and the file should appear at the location you specified, instead of the Desktop.
That’s it! You are all done. Do you have any questions or concerns about how to change default screenshot location on Mac? Sound off in the comments section below and we will be happy to help.