Customize macOS screenshots with the Screenshot Path app

Under macOS it is possible to take a screenshot using a special key combination. There are various key combinations available that allow you to select the entire screen or a specific section.

By default, the screenshots are saved to the desktop in the PNG file format. Using the free Screenshot Path app, you can adjust the default file type and location of screenshots.

Take a screenshot on a Mac

There are three different key combinations available for taking a screenshot:

shift ⇧ + command ⌘ + 3

Take a screenshot of the entire screen.

shift ⇧ + command ⌘ + 4

This allows you to select a specific area on the screen to take a screenshot of. The size of the selection is automatically shown when selecting.

shift ⇧ + command ⌘ + 4 + spacebar

With this option you can take a screenshot of a screen element, such as menu bar, the dock, app symbols, etc. After activation, a camera will appear where the element can be selected.

By default, the screenshots are saved to the desktop in the PNG file format with the file name ‘Screenshot’ followed by the date and time.

Change screenshot settings with Screenshot Path app

The file format, naming and storage location cannot be changed in your macOS, there are no default settings available for this. However, this is possible with the help of the free ‘Screenshot Path’ app. The app can be downloaded for free from the Witt Software website via the link below.

Download Screenshot Path app

Screenshot Path app

Screenshot Path app Category: Tools
Developer: Witt Software

After downloading, double-click on the downloaded .dmg file and drag the App to the Applications (App) folder.

Using Screenshot Path app

Once you have started the Screenshot Path app, the settings window will appear, allowing you to easily adjust the settings for screenshots.

The various options for adjusting screenshots at a glance:

screenshotpath settings

1.Path ▸ Here you can indicate where the screenshots should be saved. Under macOS this is the desktop by default. You can select an existing folder or create a new folder.

2. File type ▸ By default, macOS uses the PNG format for screenshots. You can change it to JPG, BMP, HEIF, GIF, PDF or TIFF

3.Shadow ▸ When you take a screenshot of a window, it will be provided with a shadow. If desired, you can disable adding the shadow.

4. Timestamp ▸ If you disable this option, the date and time will no longer be added to the file name of the screenshot.

5.Custom Name ▸ By default, the screenshot files are given a file name that starts with the text ‘Screenshot’. With this option you can change this to any text you want, for example ‘Mac screenshot’ or something similar.

The adjustments you make with the Screenshot Path app are immediately active. You can check this by taking a new screenshot with one of the above key combinations.

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