I posted Taking OS X Screenshots on Friday, 26 May, 2017

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Taking OS X Screenshots

Notes on saving screenshots in OS X, so I don’t have to look it up again.

This started as a search to find how I can set the OS screenshot save location. OS X Daily provided that information and much more. I suggest you check it out for your OS X tips.

The Shortcuts I Use

My fingers pretty much have these memorized, but it would be nice if my brain knew them too.

++3Save full screen to file
++4 + select areaSave selected area to file
++4 + spacebar + clickSave selected window to file

There are several more that I do not use. I’m already trying to learn Emacs shortcuts. I don’t feel like cluttering my brain with additional OS X shortcuts I won’t use.

Setting The Save Location

OS X saves these files to ~/Desktop by default, which results in much visual clutter on my screen desktop. Eventually I tired of the periodic cleanups and learned how to save in a different folder.

$ mkdir ~/Pictures/Screenshots
$ defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Pictures/Screenshots/

OS X Daily suggests changing the setting and running killall SystemUIServer. Somewhere in the years since that post was published, restarting SystemUIServer became unnecessary.

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