How to Find Screenshots on Mac

This article will tell you how to find screenshots on a Mac. Many of us have been in the position where we take a screenshot and then struggle to find where it went. This can be frustrating, especially if the file name starts with "screenshot," as that can make it difficult to search. Let's learn where to find screenshots on a Mac and how to change a screenshot location on a Mac.

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How to Find Screenshots on Mac

When you take a screenshot on your Mac, it is automatically saved to your Desktop. You can find them either by navigating to your Desktop screen, or using Finder to open the Desktop folder and see your saved images there. The Finder method usually lists the date and time the screenshot was taken, so if you have many that you need to sort through on your Desktop screen, Finder might be the easier way to do it. For other ways to make the most of your Mac, click through this article that will help you optimize your Mack Dock. In the market for a new M1 MacBook? Check out our review on the MacBook Pro M1 Max to help make your decision. 

Related: How to Take a Screenshot on iPad—4 Ways

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How to Change Screenshot Location Mac

But what if you don't want your screenshots saved to your Desktop? Besides the fact that it adds clutter to your screen, you might prefer to choose to save your screenshots elsewhere so they're easier to sort. Let's take a look at how to change where screenshots are saved on a Mac. For more Mac tips, check out our Tip of the Day!

  1. Press Command-Shift-5.

    How to Find Screenshots on Mac
  2. Click Options in the menu on the screen.

    How to Change Screenshot Location Mac
  3. Under the Save To section, choose a location where you'd like your screenshots to be automatically saved.

    Where do screenshots go

If you don't see your desired location listed, you can click Other Location... and navigate to the folder you desire, or create a new one. That's all there is to it! You can also check out this time-saving shortcut to switch between multiple windows of the same app on a Mac

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Amy Spitzfaden Both

Amy Spitzfaden-Both is the Managing Editor for iPhone Life magazine and an award-winning novelist, with over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. She specializes in Apple news and rumors, health and fitness tech, and parenting in the digital age. She graduated from MIU with a BA in Literature and Writing.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.