Mac OS X comes with a handy screenshot utility. You use keyboard shortcuts for different functionality:
CMD+Shift+3captures the entire screen.
CMD+Shift+4lets you draw a rectangle where you want to capture
Spacebarlets you click an application window to capture it.
I take a lot of screenshots, so I use those keyboards shortcuts all the time, but the default settings for screenshots aren't always what I want:
- Save-to Directory: Desktop
- File Format: .png
- File Name: Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 1.39.15 PM
I don't often feel the need to change the file name, but the default save-to directory can clutter up the desktop really fast. Also, on a slow connection, the .png files can take a while to upload to, say, a GitHub issue. You can change these settings in Terminal.app. Use the commands below to make it happen.
Change the directory
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Pictures/Screenshots/;killall SystemUIServer
Change the file format
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg;killall SystemUIServer
You can use
Change the filename
You can change the wording from
"Screen shot" + date to
"Project Name" + date by running this:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture name "Project Name";killall SystemUIServer
Put them together
I want to capture .jpg files to the Screenshots folder that I have placed as a shortcut in my dock.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Pictures/Screenshots/;defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg;killall SystemUIServer
Back to the defaults
You can use this command to go back:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop/;defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png;killall SystemUIServer