Do you have a cluttered Mac desktop filled up with screenshots you’ve taken? Annoyed at how they litter your wallpaper with their meaningless names? You are not alone! I saw some chatter about this on Facebook recently, so I did a quick bit a research and voila! No more screenshots on my Mac desktop (see above). If you want to have a desktop like this, read on.
Change the default save location in 5 easy steps:
- Create a new folder using Finder (eg Desktop/Screenshots)
- Go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal
- Type: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location then drag the newly created folder to the Terminal screen (and it will insert the file path of the folder for you). Or enter the file location manually if you know what it is (carefully check your spelling and location).
- Type: killall SystemUIServer
- All done!
Extra for Experts:
- If you want to change the default file type for screenshots from .png to jpg, bmp, tig,pdf etc then type: defaults write com.apple.screencapture type [format], followed by killall SystemUIServer
- And if it irks you that all the files are called Screen shot yyyy-mm-dd-at-hh-mm then you can change the ‘Screen shot’ part of the file name to something else by typing: defaults write com.apple.screencapture name [file name] followed by killall SystemUIServer.
Enjoy that uncluttered feeling!
PS – if you don’t know how to take a screenshot on your Mac, use Command+Shift+3, or Command+Shift+4 to grab just a selection of the screen.