Where does MacOS store screenshots?


It is quite easy to take a screenshot of your desktop or a pre-selected area by holding ⌘ + ⇧ + 41Arrow symbol stands for ‘shift’ key’. However, for me, it was a challenge to find where is the screenshot file itself. Obviously, after taking a screenshot you have to access the file.

I was using a silly hack. The Spotlight in Mac is a super handy tool and is able to find the screenshot if you type in the search bar ‘Screen Shot’.

You can attempt searching for it by its name through find, but that is slow and annoying:

find ~username/ -type f -name "Screen\ Shot*"

A better way to approach it would be changing the path where screenshots are saved. I found Desktop to be a perfect temporary storage for my printscreens since I don’t store them for a longtime anyways. So, let’s change the path to Desktop. Open the Terminal and type there:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop/

From now on, your screenshots will be on the Deskop. Enjoy!