Where have my Mac screenshots gone?


#1

By default, screenshots go to your desktop. A while ago I think I was prompted to save them to Dropbox and I accepted. But now I don’t know where they are, it seems as if they go into thin air.

Shift-Command 4/5/6 - click sound, but no file to be found

I tried to reset the location according to this article but no luck. What is going on?


#2

This Dropbox support post says they go to a screenshots folder within your Dropbox. Also has instructions to turn them off.


#3

I dislike using Google for anything, but I use Google Drive for my work computer because man do I hate Dropbox even more. I hate how it tries to take over your system - no, I don’t want all my photos uploaded to Dropbox when I insert an SD card. No, I don’t want you to take care of my screenshots.

I have to use it alongside GDrive because some people at work use it, but it’s just so awful!

Just leave me alone!


#4

I still like Dropbox for storing some things, eg my Wallet password database. I dont use it for photos and I have a separate app for screenies, which has its own db, and is easy to manage, rather than using the built in keystrokes (which I never remember)


#5

Still haven’t figured out where my screenshots have been going but I have managed to fix it by upgrading to Mojave. The new screenshot utility is great, and I was able to redirect where screenshots go to, even touchbar screenshots which would go to the desktop. I notice that the new utility creates a filename with a different format:
Shift-Command-3/4/6 - Screenshot yyyy-mm-dd hh.mm.ss.png
Shift-Command-5 - Screen Shot yyyy-mm-dd at hh.mm.ss am/pm.png

Apple really should have maintained consistency with the filename, but that’s a minor point.


#6

It would appear that reports of Mojave not removing Grab.app are incorrect. It’s gone.


#7

I stopped using Grab after I found Snap’n’Drag. There’s a free version which I used for about a year before deciding to pay for the upgrade to Pro.

http://www.yellowmug.com/snapndrag/


#8

How would you compare SnapNDrag and SnapNDrag Pro to Mojave’s screenshot utility?


#9

Command Shift 3 has existed forever. (System 6? Certainly System 7.)

My only issue with it is that the images are png instead of jpg, so often have to save-as to get it into a usable format for a lot of forums - if that was my required use.


#10

You can change the file format, and most modern formats support png and jpg.


#11

Start up terminal and enter the following command

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type JPG

Now when you do a screenshot it will default to JPG


#12

Given that I dont have Mojave, nor much of a likelihood of upgrading to it… I have no basis to make a comparison.


#13

Woot. Thanks for that.

Much as I generally approve of Apple’s approach to their (computer) OS, this is something that should be accessible via a control panel.


#14

Really wish there was a screenshot floating window, much like iOS that let you take the shot straight into markdown, or drag it over to another app. The thing I miss most from Skitch, apart from it actually working.


#15