"Your Screenshot Can't Be Saved" Fix

Fix for the "You don't have permission to save files in the location where screen shots are stored" error

Macs are often praised for their ease-of-use over competing products like Windows: whether or not this praise is due, we're not sure (that's not sarcasm, we know Mac vs Windows is a.. divising topic, so we're staying neutral!). What we are sure of, though, is that it is fairly rare to encounter an error on either platform. One of the most infamous error codes on Macs is the following error:

You don't have permission to save files in the location where screen shots are stored

Thankfully, we have a quick fix for this. Firstly, open up a Terminal window. You can do this by pressing COMMAND + SPACE and then typing in Terminal (and hitting ENTER).

With Terminal now open, paste in the following text and hit ENTER:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Pictures

The above command changes your screenshot save location to your pictures folder. If you want to save screen shots to another place, replace ~/Pictures with the name of the folder, for example:

  • Desktop: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop
  • Documents: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Documents
  • Downloads: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Downloads

After running the command you set your screen capture location all you need to do is type in this command and hit ENTER:

killall SystemUIServer

This will restart your SystemUIServer, which makes the changed take effect. And that's it! You've fixed the problem!