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Previously, the screenshot property list could be found at:


In Mavericks, this file no longer exists. In the past, I used to be able to manipulate the location and image type of screenshots using the .plist mentioned above. Where are these values now stored? Do I now need to create the plist in order to manipulate these variables, IE:

defaults write location ~/folder/of/my/choice

To be sure this was not an issue with my user account, I created a new admin. account and tested.

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Yes, the plist seems to no longer exist by default, however I have changed my save location using the same command that you provided in your question and it's worked fine — the plist is read by OS X after logout and login.

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grgarside, appreciate the response (and reassurance i'm not going crazy!). Out of curiosity, do you know where these variables now natively reside (without creation of a new property list to manipulate that which clearly is present somewhere)? – njboot May 10 '14 at 7:41
why would it no longer exist by default? – Buscar웃 May 10 '14 at 8:26
@njboot I'm not sure — I presume it'd be hardcoded into the app. – grgarside May 10 '14 at 9:01
@Buscar I guess because it's no longer required. – grgarside May 10 '14 at 9:01
So how come I have it? – Buscar웃 May 10 '14 at 10:42

Looking at my MBA with 10.9.2 it is still in the


As it turns out, the .plist will only exist (be created) if you modify the screencapture settings, like location to save and others.

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Buscar: thanks for the reply. This file neither exists in my user account, nor a vanilla admin user account I created to double check that it wasn't an issue related to my own account. Could this be a system wide issue? – njboot May 10 '14 at 7:38
it should have been there by default. unless you deleted it and did not restart allowing it to recreate it self. – Buscar웃 May 10 '14 at 7:43
Forgot to reboot. But I just checked, no luck. – njboot May 10 '14 at 7:52

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