Saving screenshots somewhere other than the desktop?

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  1. BlueberryMac macrumors member

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    Is there a way in Lion—when taking a screenshot using Shift-⌘-3—to have the resultant screenshots saved to, say, a folder called Screenshots (instead being saved to the Desktop)?

    I am noticing that I take so many screenshots that my Desktop soon gets over-cluttered with screenshot files.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    To change the default format for screencap images, type the following in Terminal.app:
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg (or whatever extension you prefer)

    To change the default folder for screencap images, type the following in Terminal.app:
    defaults write com.apple.screencapture location "/Users/username/Desktop/" (or whatever path you prefer)
     
  3. BlueberryMac thread starter macrumors member

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    Hmm, that's not working for me—perhaps I'm missing something...

    I have a folder called Screenshots on my Desktop and entered the following into the Terminal window

    defaults write com.apple.screencapture location "/Users/Jack/Desktop/Screenshots”

    but screen shots taken still go to the Desktop, not the Screenshots folder.

    :confused:
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    First, did you create the folder before entering that command? You should. You might also try it without the quotes.
     
  5. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I tried this as well. It didn't work for me either. I created the folder first. I checked and rechecked the spelling. Then I googled and found this step...

    In terminal, after the defaults write command, type the following (or log out and log back in or reboot)...

    Code:
    killall SystemUIServer
    Once I did that my screenshots are now going to the folder I created for them rather than my desktop.
     
  6. BlueberryMac, Nov 12, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2011

    BlueberryMac thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep r0k, that did it, thanks!

    Just to clarify...

    in the Terminal app, I pasted the following (without any quotes)

    defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/Jack/Desktop/Screenshots

    and pressed the return key.

    Then I pasted

    killall SystemUIServer

    into the Terminal app and pressed the return key again.


    Then I took a screenshot and saw the file appear in the folder I wanted it in.

    Thanks again, r0k and GGJstudios!
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Thanks for that, r0k. That must be a new requirement for Lion. I'll add that to my instructions for Lion users.
     
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Yes, use TinkerTool (see screenshot)!

    Click to enlarge:
     

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  10. MacMoi, Aug 6, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2017

    MacMoi macrumors newbie

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    I nearly missed seeing the link to TinkerTool. THANK YOU Mr Retrofire, TinkerTool STILL works a treat in 2017.

    Also, for anyone else needing this, on that link to macupdate.com, there's a direct link to the Developer website: Marcel Bresink. So, there's no need at all to create a macupdate account before being able to download the app.

    Go straight there - TinkerTool download link:
    http://www.bresink.com/osx/0TinkerTool/download.php
     
  11. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    There are several apps that will do this, including: TinkerTool, Onyx, Deeper, Cocktail, MacPilot...and lots of even more specialized/smaller utilities.
     
  12. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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