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Previously, the screenshot property list could be found at:

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.screencapture.plist

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 com.apple.screencapture 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?
    – Ruskes
    May 10 '14 at 8:26
  • @njboot I'm not sure — I presume it'd be hardcoded into the app.
    – grg
    May 10 '14 at 9:01
  • @Buscar I guess because it's no longer required.
    – grg
    May 10 '14 at 9:01
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    So how come I have it?
    – Ruskes
    May 10 '14 at 10:42
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Looking at my MBA with 10.9.2 it is still in the

User/myname/Library/Preferences/com.apple.screencapture.plist

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
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    it could....it should have been there by default. unless you deleted it and did not restart allowing it to recreate it self.
    – Ruskes
    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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