Controlling screenshot locations ?

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

  1. TayHarley macrumors member

    TayHarley

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    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

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    ii) Yep. Open up the Terminal and type

    defaults write com.apple.screencapture 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>

    e.g.

    defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/Queso/Screenshots

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

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    Download and install the Secrets preference pane and you can control the behavior of screenshots from there.
     
  4. TayHarley thread starter macrumors member

    TayHarley

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    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

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    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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