Change Screenshot Folder MacOS High Sierra

Last updated: September 6, 2018 at 10:49 am
Change screenshot folder macOS High Sierra

Follow the guide to learn how to change the screenshots folder on macOS High Sierra

Time required for fix: < 2 minutes

Desktop full of old screenshots? This can be really annoying and may even impact your computer’s performance. Learn how to change screenshot folder on MacOS High Sierra below.

First things first, let’s create a new folder where all your future screenshots will be created.

How to Change the Screenshot Folder on MacOS High Sierra

  1. In Finder, go to your Home folder (picture of a little house) and right click inside and select New Folder. Name the new folder Screenshots.
  2. Next open your Terminal application. How to find the Terminal App.
  3. Copy the command below and paste it in the Terminal window.
    defaults write location ~/Screenshots
  4. Still in Terminal, press the Return key on your keyboard.

That’s it! You’ve changed the screenshot folder in MacOS High Sierra. Every time you take a screenshot from now on they will appear in this folder instead.

See if it’s working by pressing Shift + ⌘ Command + 3 (full-screen screenshot) orΒ Shift + ⌘ Command + 4 (partial screenshot). Navigate to your home folder and then Screenshots to see the screenshot you just took.

If it doesn’t work: did you try turning your computer off and then on again? πŸ˜‰

Protip: Easily access screenshots in custom folder MacOS High Sierra

To easily access screenshots you take, you can drag the Screenshots folder to your dock. This way they’re always at hand when you need them from any application or web browser like Google Chrome.

Add screenshots folder to dock in MacOS High Sierra

Dock folder settings

  1. Go to Finder and your home folder (picture of a little house).
  2. Find the Screenshots folder that you created following the steps above.
  3. Click and drag the Screenshots folder to the bottom right of your dock.
  4. Right click the Screenshots folder in your dock and set the settings like in the picture on the right. This way your latest screenshots appear first and the view is always a “fan” – a stack of pictures with the latest one first (towards the bottom).

All done, now you can easily access screenshots you take from anywhere within MacOS High Sierra.

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