How to Find Screenshots on Mac

Where do screenshots go on Mac? Can you change their default location?

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.

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

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.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
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.