Remove date time screenshot

By default, every time you take a screenshot on Mac OS X, the file generated will be named “Screen Shot date time” where “date” and “time” are replaced with the actual date and time the screenshot was taken. For most people, this is a useful feature as it allows to quickly sort screenshots depending on when they were taken. But for other people, it might be an annoyance.

In this post, we will show you how to remove the date and time from screenshots that were taken on Mac OS X.

How to remove date and time from screenshot file names on OS X

Step 1: Launch Terminal.

Step 2: Type in or copy/paste the following command then hit Enter:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture "include-date" 0

Terminal remove date time screenshot

Step 3: Type in the following command and press Enter when done:

killall SystemUIServer

Done! Now the date and time will not show on the screenshot name every time you take a screenshot.

Should you want to reverse this, follow the same instructions, except that you replace “0” with “1” in the first command line.

Note that if you take a succession of screenshots, the files will be numbered accordingly, so you’d get something like Screen Shot, Screen Shot 1, Screen Shot 2, etc as file names.

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  • Merman123

    Thanks for this. Do you know if there is any way to direct screenshots to a specific folder?

    • n4nd4

      defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Screenshots (replace “Screenshots” with you preferred location

      • Merman123

        Thanks!

    • See at the bottom of the post where it says “more screenshot tips”?

      • Merman123

        Haha yes I saw that now. My mistake.

  • Andrew

    Bet some people reading this don’t even know how to take a screenshot haha

  • M L

    Whats a screenshot? Wouldn’t I break the screen if I shot it?

  • flybynight

    Thank you!

  • Daniel Stonek

    I used to have the screenshot name date in 24 hours format. Now, in El Capitan it is 12 hours format. How to switch back? Thanks

  • Spellchencknone

    Hi There I’m running 10.6.8 on an airbook and this fix doesn’t work. I’ve tried a few times and restarted. Any assistance would be amazeballs. thanks 😀