How to change the default path of Screenshots in Mac OSX

Aaron Medina
1 min readDec 29, 2017

Your Desktop is the default location of your screenshots in OSX. Now if you want to organize / declutter your desktop, you may want to change its default location.

Here are the steps on how to change the screenshot folder location:

  1. Create a folder named SCREENSHOTS (or whatever label you want to call your screenshots folder) in your desired directory or location.
  2. Open Spotlight Search (Command + Space).
  3. Type in “Terminal” then hit Enter.
  4. Type this command: “defaults write location “
  5. Drag the folder you created to the Terminal, then hit Enter.
    The command should look like this: defaults write location /User/username/location
  6. Type this command: “killall SystemUIServer”
  7. Hit Enter.

Try making a screenshot and check if the default location was changed.