Games have some truly beautiful imagery and sometimes when you make an impressive kill, a quick recording or a screenshot is in order. Steam is home to lots and lots of popular games and it has a built-in screenshot tool that you can use if the game itself doesn’t have a screenshot option.
The screenshots aren’t saved to your Photos library though. They’re saved to the Steam folder. You won’t find them in a folder neatly labeled ‘Screenshots’. They’re instead in a folder that’s nested inside other folders.
Access Steam Screenshot Folder
There are two ways to access the Steam screenshot folder; from File Explorer on Windows 10, and via Steam’s own screenshot manager.
1. Steam Screenshot manager
The Steam screenshot manager is the easiest method to view screenshots, especially if you have multiple games installed and you tend to take screenshots in all of them often.
- Open Steam.
- On the Steam home screen, go to View>Screenshots.
- The Steam Screenshots manager will open.
- Use the dropdown at the top to select the game you want to view screenshots for.
- Use the pane on the left to scroll through the screenshots.
- Select a screenshot and you can preview it in the pane on the right.
2. Steam screenshots – File Explorer
There are two ways to access the Steam screenshots folder in File Explorer; by manually navigating to the folder and by going through the Screenshot manager.
File Explorer – Direct access
The screenshots are saved to the Steam folder. Steam, like all other apps, installs to the C drive by default however many users like to install it to other, larger drives. The library folder is often created in the same drive and it can get big.
- Find your Steam folder’s location. We have three different methods here that you can use to find your Steam folder.
- If you have more than one account configured. To find your user ID, open Steam.
- Go to Steam>Settings.
- Go to the Interface tab.
- Enable the ‘Display Steam URL address bar when available’ option.
- Return to Steam and go to your Profile.
- You will see a URL at the top. Note down the number. This is your profile ID.
- Open File Explorer and navigate to the Steam folder.
- Select UserData.
- Open the folder with the number that matches your profile ID.
- Go to 760>Remote.
- Under the Remote folder, you will find multiple folders, one for each game that you’ve taken a screenshot of. These folders have numerical names. Open a folder and you’ll find a ‘Screenshots’ folder in it.
- The complete path looks like the one below;
Steam > userdata > SteamID > 760 > remote> app ID > screenshots
File Explorer via Steam Screenshot Manager
Manually finding a screenshot taken in Steam is tedious. The Steam screenshot manager can open a screenshot directly in File Explorer.
- Open Steam.
- Go to Steam>Screenshot.
- Go through the screenshots for a game, and select it.
- Click the ‘Show on Disk’ button.
The Steam screenshot tool is useful where games block other screenshot tools, games do not have their own screenshot tools, or when you want to share screenshots via Steam. If you want, you can change where the screenshots are saved but the folder structure will still be a complex one.