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Your Mac makes it pretty easy to take screenshots, but before long you will have a desktop overflowing with them. That’s because the default location for Mac screenshots is the desktop. But if you’re like me, you want to keep your desktop clean and you have three options for doing that: don’t take screenshots on your Mac, keep moving, or delete old screenshots, or change the location of your screenshots. Our focus today will be on the third choice as we are going to learn how to change where your Mac stores them.

Here’s how to avoid taking screenshots on your Mac

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The easiest way to avoid screenshots on Mac is to save screenshots on your clipboard and paste them into other apps. Effectively, the screenshot will not be saved on your Mac which will help you avoid all of this clutter. If you’re taking screenshots of casual conversations and sharing them with your friends, or if you’re looking for a quick way to send screenshots to your photo editing app, this is definitely the best route for you.

Use the keyboard shortcut on the Mac Command + Ctrl + Shift + 3 to take a screenshot of the entire screen and save it to the clipboard. You can then use Command + V in other apps to paste the screenshot anywhere. Similar, Command + Ctrl + Shift + 4 Allows you to take a screenshot of part of the screen. After pressing the shortcut, click and drag around the part of the screen that you want to snap into place. When you’re done, paste the screenshot anywhere.

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How to change the location of your screenshots on Mac

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If you want to save screenshots, you can easily change the location by clicking the Command + Shift + 5 Keyboard shortcut and click Options in the floating screenshot menu. Now check the Save as Section above and select any folder. If your preferred folder isn’t listed, click Another place and save it wherever you need it.

Next time you take a screenshot with Command + Shift + 3 or Command + Shift + 4 on your Mac, it will be saved in the new location you just selected.