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This article was published on May 22, 2015

    Use this little tweak to stop cluttering your Mac’s desktop with screenshots

    Use this little tweak to stop cluttering your Mac’s desktop with screenshots
    Owen Williams
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    Owen Williams

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    Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

    My desktop has been eternally cluttered with screenshots in the past and I discovered a tiny tweak this week that makes life so much easier for those on Macs.

    You can change the storage folder for screenshots by simply running the below command in your terminal application, found inside the Utilities folder:

    defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/place/;killall SystemUIServer

    You’ll need to choose your own location and replace “place” in the command above. I chose my Dropbox so that I could have my screenshots synchronized and stored forever, but a good spot might be your Pictures folder. The command for that looks like this:

    defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Pictures/Screenshots/;killall SystemUIServer

    To make it easy for yourself to get to your screenshots, I recommend you grab the folder and drop it into your dock so that you can access it as a menu.

    Have any other handy tips for keeping screenshots tidy? Let us know in the comments!

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