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How to change the default name for screenshots in OS X

The screenshots in OS X are undoubtedly one of the most comfortable tools of that operating system, allowing us multiple possibilities. But there is still an aspect that is quite annoying and that is that when we make a screenshot the system determines by default the name of the file. Do you want to know how to change the default screenshot name on Mac? Here’s how to do it.

When you take a screenshot, the default file name will be “Screenshot Date Time”, where “Date” and “Time” are the date and time the screenshot was taken. The only thing we get with this is long names that are not useful when organizing those elements . To avoid this and to be able to name the captures as we want we have to follow a few simple steps.

How to change the default name for screenshots in OS XHow to change the default name for screenshots in OS X

As usual in many of the OS X tricks the Terminal plays a major role in this change so the first thing we have to do is open the Terminal and once we have opened the terminal we have to paste the following command line

The only thing we’ll have to do is replace “Name” with the name we want to appear by default in our screenshots. Once this is done, press Enter. To finish we’ll have to copy and paste into the terminal the following command by pressing Enter again once pasted.

Once this is done, each time we take a screenshot, the name we have chosen will be the one that appears as the name of the file. Even so, the date and time will still be part of that name to be able to differentiate between the screenshots, something necessary if we make many of these regularly.