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Mac: How to change the storage location of your screenshots?

When you take screenshots on Mac device using the Shift-Command-3 shortcut to take a screenshot of its entire screen computer or Shift-Command-4 to take a part of it, the archives image stored directly in desktop your. But you can change that.

In case you want to change this default location save and select another, all you need to do is follow some steps.

If you are running macOS Mojave or later version, you can press Shift-Command-5 to "call" the screen capture panel, click "Options" and then press "Other Location" to select a destination.

For publications MacOS before Mojave, you should follow these steps:

  • First of all, if you want to change the location where your screenshots will be stored on your Mac device, which was released before Mojave, you will need to open a Finder window, press Shift-Command-N to create a new folder in which you want to save your screenshots and give the folder a name of your choice.
  • Start it application Terminal, located in Applications / Utilities.
  • Enter the following mandate and then press the space key, but do not press Enter yet: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location.
  • Then drag the folder you just created to window Terminal. The path to the folder should appear after the command you typed. Then press Enter.


The screenshots you have taken will now be saved in the folder you specified, each time you use the shortcuts screenshot. However, it should be noted that you should not delete this folder until you change the storage location and select another one using the same Terminal command, otherwise you will have problems. If you want to change things in the future so that the screenshots are stored on your desktop again, just enter the Terminal command and change the destination to. / Desktop.

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