How to Change Screenshot Location Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of your Mac cluttered with screenshots scattered all over your desktop? Do you wish there was a way to change the default screenshot location to keep things organized?

Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of changing the screenshot location on your Mac. So let’s get started!

Method 1: Using Terminal

If you’re comfortable with using Terminal, this method is for you. Follow the steps below:

  1. Launch Terminal: Open Finder and go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

  2. Navigate to the desired folder: Type “cd” (without quotes) followed by a space, then drag and drop the folder where you want to save your screenshots onto the Terminal window. Press Enter.

  3. Modify the screenshot location: Type the following command and press Enter:

defaults write location

Note: Make sure there is a space after “location”.

  1. Specify the new screenshot location: Drag and drop the desired folder onto the Terminal window.

  2. Restart SystemUIServer: Type the following command and press Enter:

killall SystemUIServer

Method 2: Using Third-Party Apps

If working with Terminal seems daunting, don’t worry! There are several third-party apps available that can simplify this task for you.

One such app is “TinkerTool”. Follow the steps below to change the screenshot location using TinkerTool:

  1. Download and install TinkerTool: Visit the official website of TinkerTool and download the app. Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install it.

  2. Launch TinkerTool: Open Finder, go to Applications, locate TinkerTool, and double-click on it.

  3. Navigate to the screenshot settings: In TinkerTool, click on “Finder” tab, then select “Screenshots” from the left sidebar.

  4. Select a new screenshot location: Click on the dropdown menu next to “Save screenshots in” and choose your desired folder.


Changing the screenshot location on your Mac can greatly help in keeping your desktop clutter-free. Whether you choose to use Terminal or a third-party app like TinkerTool, both methods are effective in achieving this task. So go ahead, give it a try, and enjoy a more organized Mac experience!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy screenshotting!

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