How to change the screenshot save folder on your Mac

By default, screenshots save to the Desktop which isn’t ideal. With this terminal command you can change the folder, e.g. to the Pictures folder:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Pictures

To remove the setting and go back to the default do:

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture location

To query what the current setting is do:

defaults read com.apple.screencapture location

Here are all the key combos for taking screenshots:

command+shift+3 capture whole screen.

command+shift+4 capture drag to capture area.

command+shift+4 then space and click window to capture.

If you would prefer to use a simple menu bar utility for taking screenshots try my app ScreenshotMenu in the Mac App Store.

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