Controlling screenshot locations ?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TayHarley, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. TayHarley macrumors member


    Mar 14, 2008
    I've gotten into a bad habit of saving everything to the to the desktop for easy access and now I'm having screenshot overload !

    i) when taking a screenshot is it possible to override the auto naming function i.e. open the shot to then save as? or

    ii) is it possible to take a screenshot and auto-save it into a specific folder, rather than the desktop, even a single desktop folder would help me?

    The desktop is a total mess and I've a 50 or so screenshots mixed in with everything else - each screenshot just seems to look for the next available space on the desktop !!!

    Thx in adv . . . . Stuart
  2. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    ii) Yep. Open up the Terminal and type

    defaults write location path

    The path has to begin at root (/). So if you want to save to a subdirectory of your home folder type /Users/<your username>/<subdirectory name>


    defaults write location /Users/Queso/Screenshots

    You have to log out then back in to activate the change.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Download and install the Secrets preference pane and you can control the behavior of screenshots from there.
  4. TayHarley thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 14, 2008
    Thanks Queso - using Terminal is a bit scary for a novice but it works !

    Thanks Miles - I'll have a look at Secrets too.

    another day and other Mac Trick Learned :)
  5. SHADO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    Onyx and TinkerTool also have those functions, as well as being able to customize the format of the screenshot (.png, .jpg, etc.).

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