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Change The Default Location For Saving Screenshots In Windows 10

Windows 10, like its predecessor Windows 8/8.1 comes with a very basic screenshot functionality that allows you to capture a full screen high resolution image of whatever is on your screen. To take the screenshot, press Win+Prnt Scrn on your keyboard. The screen will flash a dull grey and your screenshot will be saved to a ‘Screenshots’ folder in the Pictures library. If you’re keen to use this screenshot feature but would prefer a different location for the screenshots to be saved, here’s how you can change it.

First and foremost, pick where you want to save the screenshots to and make sure you create a ‘Screenshots’ folder at that location. We’ll touch on why this  is important a little later.

Next, open the Pictures library, right-click the Screenshots folder, and select Properties from the context menu. If you do not see a folder named Screenshots it’s because you’ve never ever taken a screenshot to begin with, hence the folder never needed to be created. To rectify the situation, simply take a screenshot using the Win+Prnt Scrn shortcut. The folder will appear. Go to its properties and select the ‘Location’ tab.


Click ‘Move’ and then browse to the ‘Screenshots’ folder you created earlier to select it. Click Apply and the change will be made.

The reason  you need to create the ‘Screenshots’ folder is because when you change the location of the folder, Windows doesn’t move the folder itself but the files in it. If you were to select a folder that contained other files reverting this change would turn into a problematic option. With a special dedicated folder for saving screenshots, you can go back and edit its location any time without affecting any other files.

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  • Scott10

    I really want to change my location because its going in my OneDrive instead of my Pictures On my system (WIndows 10 Home Edition) it doesn’t give the option to change the location, It only has “General, Sharing, Security, Previous Versions and Customize” Please help?

    • Edrawd

      Might be in Videos folder, Captures. Thats where i found my Screen shots.

      • Martha Lentz

        That’s not helpful.. we know where the file is saved. The problem is being able to change that location for where they’re saved.

    • Martha Lentz

      Same here… There’s no tab option in the Properties window that has the folder location window to change. What the heck? Mine is defaulted to One Drive also. Help would be appreciated.

  • Brad

    1. Press & hold or right-click the OneDrive icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and then tap or click Settings. (You might need to tap or click the Show hidden icons arrow next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon.)

    2. Tap or click the Auto save tab, and then clear the Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive box.

    3. Simultaneously press the Windows Key on your keyboard and [PrtScrn] at the same time. This saves the image automatically to your Pictures > Screenshots directory. When using this style the screen briefly dims to let you know it captured and saved automatically.

  • Suresh Godara

    I take screenshots but there is no folder named ‘Screenshots’ and i manuly create but screenshots not save there Plz. help me.