How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Taking screenshots on Mac is quick and easy. You can capture and edit screenshots on your Mac for your specific needs. By default, your Mac saves the screenshot file in the Desktop folder. Additionally, your Mac has a default file naming scheme for screenshot files.

If you take multiple screenshots consecutively, the filenames can be confusing. Fortunately, you can change the filename and download location to a specific folder. Here’s how to change the file name and download location for screenshots on your Mac.

How to Change Screenshot File Name

Usually, macOS saves the screenshot filename with the format ‘Screenshot Date Time’. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember a specific batch of screenshots and you may want to use different names. Here’s how to change the screenshot file names on your Mac.

Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type Terminal, and press Return.

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Step 2: Type the command and press Return. You can replace the name GT with your preferred name for the screenshots:

`defaults write com.apple.screencapture name “GT”`

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Step 3: Type the following command and press Return: killall SystemUIServer

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Close the Terminal window. Notice the new file name of screenshots on your Mac. You will see the Date and Time of the screenshot along with your new file name.

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Bonus Tip – How to Use Default Screenshot File Name on Mac

If you want to use the default file name for screenshots on your Mac, here’s how to do it using Terminal. Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type Terminal, and press Return.

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Step 2: Type the command and press Return:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture name “Screenshot”

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

If you use an older version of macOS and OS X, you can use ‘Screen Shot’ instead of ‘Screenshot’ in the mentioned command.

How to Change Download Location on Mac

The Downloads folder is the default storage location for screenshots on your Mac. Over time, there will be many other files in the Downloads folder, making it harder to find your screenshots. To address this, we will provide the steps to change the download location for your Mac screenshots.

Use Screenshot Utility to Change Download Location

To set a folder as the destination for saving screenshots on your Mac, follow these steps:

1. Press Command + Shift + 5 to open the Screenshot Utility.

2. Click on Options in the toolbar.

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Step 3: Save To, select your location.

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

To select a folder on your Mac, choose Other Location.

Step 4: Add a new or existing folder. Then, click Choose at the bottom-right.

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Select a new location to save screenshots. Follow the same steps to revert to the previous default location for saving your screenshots.

This is an advanced method that we advise using only if you are not satisfied with the previous one that uses Screenshot Utility. Here’s how you can change the download location for screenshots using the Terminal app.

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Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search. Type Terminal and press Return.

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Step 2: Type the command below and press Return.

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Downloads

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Instead of ‘Downloads’, enter your preferred location for saving screenshots. Step 3: Apply the changes by typing and executing the following command: ‘killall SystemUIServer’.

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Close the window, and Mac will save your screenshots in the new download location. To revert to the previous default location, open the Terminal app and use the command: “defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop”.

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Once done, apply the changes by typing the following command:

killall SystemUIServer

How to Change File Name and Download Location of Screenshots on Mac

Manage Your Screenshots

These tips can help you manage your screenshots on Mac. You can capture your entire screen or a part of it. However, these screenshots are limited to your display’s viewing area on Mac. To avoid taking multiple screenshots of the same webpage, you can use tools to capture scrolling screenshots on your Mac.

Paurush Chaudhary

Paurush is experienced in iOS and Mac, with some experience in Android and Windows. Prior to becoming a writer, he created videos for brands such as Mr. Phone and Digit and briefly worked as a copywriter. During his free time, he explores streaming platforms and devices like Apple TV and Google TV. On weekends, he is dedicated to watching movies and is constantly working to shorten his watchlist.

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