To take a quick screenshot on the Mac you can use key combination + + . There are other shortcuts too. But whatever you use, the screenshot will be saved on the Mac Desktop as a png image file by default.
This default location of the saved Mac screenshots is fine for most people. However, those of us who routinely take screenshots, will end up with a super-cluttered desktop which can be quite distracting… and messy!
The solution is to change the default location in which the Mac stores the screenshots and here is how you go about it.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Documents/screenshots
The funny looking ~ character is called the tilde and is located to the left of the digitkey. You need to press to get it.
This ensures that the changes are implemented (i.e., the folder to which screenshots are saved on the Mac is changed) without the need of rebooting the computer.
To revert to the default, issue:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop
Let me know how this has worked for you or if you have something that I can add so that it helps others.
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