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Where Are Screenshots Saved On Mac?

Have you ever wanted to take a screenshot on your Mac device? It is possible, thankfully, and it is not as hard as you may think about it. The Mac has the ability to take screenshots thanks to a build-in-feature. You can take plenty of screenshots as long as you have the space left on your device for it.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac Device?

The built-in feature is quite easy to use, and it is actually quite fun. See, usually when you take a screenshot you take a picture of the entire screen, like on your phone or other devices. To take a simple screenshot you have to hold the Shift-Command key and the 3 keys at the same time.

Thanks to the feature, you may also choose exactly how much of your screen you want to have saved. If you only want to take a picture of a third of your screen or if you only want to show someone a portion of what is there, then you can hold down the Shift-Command and 4 keys at the same time. After holding those keys, you are free to drag your cursor and resize it however you want.

If you held the right keys successfully, then you will hear a sort of shutter sound, like that of a camera when it goes off. If you do not hear this sound then you may not have held the buttons at the same time or the right ones, and might want to retake it before checking.

Where to Find Them

Once the screenshot is taken you will be able to find it on your desktop. All screenshots automatically save themselves directly onto your desktop, so no need to worry about saving them yourself. Every screenshot is saved as a .png file.

What the Screenshot File Looks Like

Every screenshot file will be titled by the date that it was taken as well as the time. It will state that it is a Screenshot as well. To help clarify, here is an example of what the name of the file will look like:

Screenshot YEAR-MONTH-DAY at TIME.png

OR more specifically:

Screenshot 2017-12-22 at 4.15.51 PM.png

Screenshots by Command Line

If you wish to take a screenshot in a way that does not involve include holding a set of buttons, then you can go through the Terminal app that can be found on the computer. This terminal app can be found by going to the Applications folder, and then to the Utilities application.

Once you are on the Terminal app, then enter in any of these commands:

screencapture ~/Desktop/macreports.jpg (names the file macreports and saves it to the desktop)

screencapture -c (takes a screenshot and saves it to the clipboard on your device)


man screencapture (which can help you if you are having trouble taking a screenshot)


screencapture -T 10 macreports.jpg (the t stands for time, in seconds, and allows you to set the screenshot to occur after the time has run out)

Final Thoughts

I hope that this was helpful and that you now know how to take screenshots on your device. Remember to save space for them though, and delete any that you do not need anymore. If any of this was unclear, then please check in with the Mac help people.

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