How To Delete Screenshots On MacBook

As a Mac user, you probably take screenshots regularly to capture important information, share ideas with others, or save something for later reference.

However, those screenshots can quickly pile up, cluttering your desktop and consuming significant disk space on your MacBook’s hard drive. It’s important to manage your disk space by regularly assessing and deleting unnecessary screenshots to free up storage.

In this post, we’ll walk you through the quick and easy steps to declutter your Mac by deleting unwanted screenshots.

Finding Your Screenshots with the Screenshot Tool

By default, Mac screenshots are saved to your Desktop with the filename starting with “Screen Shot” followed by the date and time it was taken.

To locate all your screenshots:

  • Open Finder

  • Click on the Desktop folder under Favorites in the Finder sidebar

  • Look for files starting with “Screen Shot”

You can also use Spotlight Search by clicking the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner and typing in “Screen Shot”. This will display all the screenshots saved on your computer.

To find all the screenshots saved on your Mac, you can also use a Cleaner app to locate all the screenshots at once from all folders.

Previewing and Selecting Multiple Screenshots to Delete

  • Double-click a screenshot file to open it in Preview

  • Use the arrow buttons to navigate through the screenshots

  • When you find ones to delete, hold down command and click to select multiple files

  • To select multiple screenshots, press command and click on each screenshot you want to delete. This can be done from the Spotlight search results or from the screenshots stack on the desktop

Deleting the Screenshots

Once you’ve selected the screenshots to get rid of, including deleting multiple screenshots at once:

  • Right-click any of the selected files

  • Choose “Move to Trash” from the contextual menu

  • Alternatively, drag the selected files to the Trash icon in your Mac’s dock

You can also delete screenshots on Mac using keyboard shortcuts. Press Command + Delete to move the selected screenshots to Trash, or Command + Option + Delete to delete them permanently.

The screenshots will be moved to the Trash, freeing up space on your desktop and hard drive.

Emptying the Trash Folder

To permanently delete the screenshots and reclaim the storage space:

  • Right-click the Trash icon in the dock

  • Review the contents of the Trash folder before emptying it to ensure no important files are being deleted

  • Select “Empty Trash”

  • Confirm by clicking “Empty Trash” in the dialog box

The screenshots are now gone for good. If you have second thoughts, you can skip this step, and the screenshots will remain in the Trash for 30 days before being automatically deleted.


Deleting screenshots on your Macbook is a quick process that can make a big difference in keeping your computer organized and running smoothly.

By periodically purging unwanted screenshots, you’ll free up valuable storage space and make it easier to find the images you actually need. Implement these simple decluttering tips and enjoy a cleaner, more efficient Mac experience.

Now that you know how to delete screenshots on your Macbook, why not take a few minutes to clear out the clutter right now?

Your future self will thank you! And while you’re at it, share this helpful guide with your fellow Mac enthusiasts – they’ll appreciate the handy tips for keeping their own computers screenshot-free and running like new.



Full-time writer, Apple fanboy and macOS supremacist. Currently running: 16" Macbook Pro w/ 64GB RAM & M1 Max. Already wants to upgrade to the M3 😫😭

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