I am trying to use the Export command to convert a list of plots into a *.gif file, and the command runs and executes well, but I can't find the file! Where is it supposed to go? Did it even work?

Here is my code :

  q[n_, x_] := x (1 + x)^n + x^n;
  points = Table[
     Map[{Re[#], Im[#]} &, 
   Flatten[NSolve[q[n, x] == 0, x][[All]] /. Rule -> (#2 &)]], {n, 1, 20}];

    Table[ListPlot[points[[i]], PlotRange -> {{-15, 4}, {-10, 10}}], {i, 1, 20, 1}]

Thanks in advance =)

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    $\begingroup$ You can specify the full path. Windows example: Export["c:\\a.gif", img] $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 21, 2012 at 22:27
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    $\begingroup$ I added a few more tricks in the answer, I hope it helps too ;-) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 21, 2012 at 22:44

4 Answers 4


Easy to check:


Which in my case on Win7 gives:


You can always specify a complete path to a destination you'd like to save with, for example, top menu Insert >> FilePath which will bring a standard browse-directory window:

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This would go instead of your "domniationrootsstargraph.gif". A useful trick to know is command


which will allow saving your files by default (without full-path specification) into the directory where your notebook is saved. Also to check files in the CurrentDirectory use


or, for example,


for specific file types.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! Exactly what I wanted. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 21, 2012 at 22:27

Just to add a slightly different method; something I like to do, since I am fairly OCD about always working in a notebook which is already saved in some directory, is to use NotebookDirectory:


This saves your file in the same directory as your .nb file, and is fairly easy to remember in a pinch.

  • $\begingroup$ This only works if the Notebook has first been saved. +1 nevertheless $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ As someone who has seen a friend stuggle with and be hurt by severe OCD, I ask you to please refrain from using the word as some bizarre slang for perfectionism. They are not the same at all. Using it that way makes light of a terribly real problem some people face, and promotes misconceptions about OCD. I know you probably didn't mean any harm, but just imagine someone using chronic pain as slang for laziness. It would be insulting and ignorant. $\endgroup$
    – Cat Bisque
    Commented Dec 12, 2022 at 16:47

You might try

Export[SystemDialogInput["FileSave", "domniationrootsstargraph.gif"], 
   Table[ListPlot[points[[i]], PlotRange -> {{-15, 4}, {-10, 10}}], {i, 1, 20, 1}]]

This will let you pick the directory interactively.


Try this, one I compiled for my thesis writing:

Export2PDF[PlotName_] := 
Module[{A = 600}, 
StringJoin[{ToString[FileName], ".pdf"}]], PlotName, 
"AllowRasterization" -> True, ImageSize -> 360, 
ImageResolution -> A]]

Plot example:

Plot1 = Plot3D[
Sin[x] Sin[y], {x, -\[Pi], \[Pi]}, {y, -2 \[Pi], 2 \[Pi]}]



Export Code:


Dialog Box: 2



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    $\begingroup$ You can also right-click the figure and choose Save As... I won't give you quite as much control over the options though. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented May 12, 2013 at 18:36

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