Currently, when I take a screenshot using the shortcut keys (PrtSc, Shift+PrtSc, etc.), it is always saved to ~/Pictures. I would like it to save to ~/Pictures/Screenshots.

Using dconf-editor, I have tried setting io.elementary.screenshot-tool folder-dir to:

  • ~/Pictures/Screenshots/
  • /home/USER/Pictures/Screenshots/
  • file:///home/USER/Pictures/Screenshots/

I have also tried omitting the slash at the end and putting the string in single and double quotes, and logging out/restarting after changing the setting. None of this works.

Is there actually a way to do this?

(Note: this previous question is about gnome-screenshot, a different program than screenshot-tool.)

Update: this problem was fixed as of the latest Gala release! Many thanks to the hardworking developers.


I tried to fix this myself but I don't believe there is a simple way. However, there is a workaround that I'm using.

  1. set your folder dir in dconf-editor (as you already did)
  2. map custom command io.elementary.screenshot-tool to Print button using the keyboard settings

That's it. Now each time you hit Print button you'll get the screenshot-tool opened, but most importantly, the app will have you folder dir from gsettings set as default.

  • Thank you, but I find using just the shortcut keys is a lot quicker than opening the program, then clicking a radio button, etc.
    – aleck
    Feb 25 '19 at 1:48
  • Same here @aleck but unfortunately without opening the program, folder-dir in gsettings has no effect.
    – user511
    Feb 25 '19 at 6:49

Please note that with the latest release of Gala screenshots will be stored in a ~/Pictures/Screenshots/ folder.
This is Gala version 0.3.2~r688+pkg45~ubuntu5.0.1 released on 2019-02-25. Gala is elementary OS's window manager and the thing that's responsible for taking screenshots.
This was fixed in this PR: https://github.com/elementary/gala/pull/459

  • Thank you for letting me know! Do you know when the next version will be released?
    – aleck
    Feb 25 '19 at 1:44
  • There was a new release, made on 2019-02-25 as far as I understand it. Feb 27 '19 at 15:33

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