Changing save to Desktop location to secondary monitor

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by aric85, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. aric85 macrumors newbie


    Dec 18, 2015
    Hi there,

    I have a dual monitor display set up and would like to change the default screen that files are saved to when saving to Desktop. I want to keep my main monitor the 'Primary monitor' in display layout so that all apps open on this screen but would like screen grabs and files I save to desktop to appear on the smaller monitor instead.

    Is there any way of doing this. Googled for a while and can't find anything.

  2. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    You could change the location to save screenshots then move that folder to the smaller monitor.

    A common place to switch the screenshot location to might look something like this:

    defaults write location ~/Pictures/Screenshots

    This will place the screenshots into a folder called Screenshots in your Pictures folder in your Home folder. Be sure to create the folder structure before you actually try and take a screenshot.

    To apply these changes, again in Terminal, type:

    killall SystemUIServer

    And, to change it back to the default desktop location, simply type in:
    defaults write location ~/Desktop/

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