If you know what you’re doing the Terminal.app can be a good and fast friend to adjust settings, especially those that Apple prefers most users don’t know about. Here’s a perfect example. When you take a screenshot of the Mac’s screen, where does the image get saved?
True One-Trick Pony
Apple even hides Terminal.app in the Applications > Utilities folder so the average Mac user won’t accidentally open it and do something terrible.
My example, though, has to do with screenshots. Normally, a screenshot gets saved to the Mac’s Desktop folder.
What if you want your screenshots saved somewhere else? There are half a dozen utilities which open up a number of the Mac’s hidden settings, including the screenshot path.
In OS X Mavericks you can simply open Terminal.app and enter this: “defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /path/to/folder”
Then, you’ll need to enter: “killall SystemUIServer” or restart your Mac for the changes to take effect. Sounds scary, right?
Or, simply download Screenshot Path, a free Mac app that lets you choose the Mac’s default screenshot folder.
Open Screenshot Path, select the folder where you want to store all the screenshots you take, click the Create Default Folder button and you’re good to go. That’s it, and no mucking around with the Terminal.app.
One-trick pony, indeed. But it’s free and it works.