I installed dropbox and now my screenshots go to dropbox, I tried disabling "Share screenshots using dropbox" but now screenshots don't go to the folder but also not to the clipboard

How can I store screenshots again?

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    Please ask only one question per post. You can always ask additional questions in, well, new questions. – nohillside Apr 7 '17 at 5:34
  • Are you using the built-in Screenshot options Mac OS provides? – Rushil Srivastava Apr 7 '17 at 6:04

To check where screenshots are currently assigned, in Terminal type

defaults read com.apple.screencapture location

By default that would actually return no answer, as the line should only be written if you ever change it - so I'm assuming Dropbox did change it at some point.

To reset it to the default desktop location, type

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop

followed by

killall SystemUIServer

This should cover for Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 3 & 4 screenshots. Screenshots to clipboard should be unaffected, & still be activated by adding Ctrl ⌃ to either of the above methods.

  • Hi, the first command outputted - "2017-04-07 10:04:42.880 defaults[1193:108936] The domain/default pair of (com.apple.screencapture, location) does not exist". In the past Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ 4 also sent the screenshot to the clipboard for all i recall, i didnt have to use Ctrl ^.. – Pixel Apr 7 '17 at 7:06
  • OK, so it didn't have a default set - which ought to mean it should go to desktop. Try setting the location again to make sure. Snap to disk & snap to clipboard have never been the same key command, btw. – Tetsujin Apr 7 '17 at 7:15

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