Screenshots are easy on the Mac. Invoke the proper keyboard combo shortcuts and the entire Mac screen can be saved to the Mac. What if you want to save a screenshot or a section of the Mac’s screen to another location on your Mac?
Skinning The Cat
Capturing and storing screenshots on the Mac is like skinning a cat. How many ways can you skin a cat? Probably not as many as you can saving screenshots on your Mac.
The keyboard combo shortcuts work well. Command-Shift-3 captures the entire screen. Command-Shift-4 gives you an option to select a portion of the screen to save.
If you want, you can press Command-Shift-4, then the spacebar, and then click on an app’s window and save just the window to your Mac?
But where do the files go? Use the free Screenshot Path and select exactly where and into which folder those precious screenshots will be saved.
This is not a problem with many of the screenshot apps for the Mac which can save screenshots wherever you want, but Screenshot Path is free and much easier to use than the solutions from LifeHacker.
For example, if you open Terminal.app and enter this, it will change the default setting to save screenshots to a folder titled Screenshots.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Screenshots
And, if you want to change the file format from the default PNG to, say, a JPG file you’d enter this:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg
When done with either you’ll then need to reload those settings.
Which is easier? Point and click or using Terminal.app? Both are free.