To respond to inquiries such as “Where are my screenshots in Windows 10?” or “Where do print screens go on Windows 10?” You must first realize that taking screenshots on your computer or device can be done in a variety of ways.
Screenshots (also known as print screens by some) are saved to your clipboard or a default place, and the Windows 10 screenshot folder can be readily changed. Read this tutorial to understand where screenshots are kept on Windows 10 and how to alter their default location:
Change the location of the Windows 10 Screenshots folder:
- Navigate to C:\Users\your_name\Pictures\Screenshots, where “your name” is the user account’s name.
- To access a contextual menu, right-click on Screenshots and select Properties.
- You can view the existing path to your Screenshots folder by going to the Location tab.
- In Windows 10, click or press the Move button to change the location of your print screens.
- Search your Windows 10 computer or device for the screenshots folder you made, select it with a click or tap, and then press the Select Folder button.
- OK or Apply should be clicked or tapped.
- Confirm your selection.
NOTE: If you want to learn more about the built-in ways in Windows 10, check out our article on how to take Windows screenshots.
Where do print screens go on Windows 10?
There are multiple ways to capture the screen in Windows 10, so keep that in mind when trying to figure out where screenshots are saved.
In some circumstances, print screens are copied to your clipboard, and you must paste a screenshot into an image editing tool such as Paint before saving it. When you save a screenshot, Paint suggests This PC as the default location for saving photos, but you can explore and choose a different one.
When you use Snip & Sketch to take screenshots, the software advises saving the results to the Pictures folder, but you may specify another location.
TIP: When you save a screenshot, the apps remember the new folder you browsed to, and it becomes the suggested destination the next time you save one.
If you’re a player, learning how to take screenshots in Minecraft and their location. Additionally, you can record gameplay using the Xbox Game bar. Read How can I record my gameplay on a Windows 10 PC for additional information and to modify the default screenshot folder.
But, there is a more convenient way to take screenshots, which was first offered in Windows 8. It automatically saves the results and does not rely on third-party applications to do so. To utilize it, hit Windows + Print Screen on your keyboard at the same time.
While this keyboard shortcut is useful, it’s not clear where the print screens in Windows 10 go. All screenshots taken without the use of external tools are saved in the Screenshots folder, which is the default location. You should be able to find it in your user folder’s Pictures folder.
IMPORTANT: The Screenshots folder is only created after you’ve taken your first screenshot with the manner described above.
The path to the Screenshots folder, if you did not modify the default placement of your Pictures user folder, is “C:\Users\your_name\Pictures\Screenshots” – where “your_name” is the name of your Windows 10 user account, as seen above.
You can also get to the folder where screenshots are saved by selecting the Pictures location from the Quick Access Navigation pane.
Despite the fact that this location is intuitive and works for most individuals, there are times when you may wish to modify it.
How to change the Windows 10 Screenshots folder location
Create a new folder for your screenshots if you wish to save your Windows + Print Screen captures to a different location. When you designate Screenshots the default destination for your automatic screengrabs, the folder, which can be anywhere on your Windows 10 PC, is renamed to Screenshots. You can, however, modify its name later.
Then, in Pictures, go to the Properties of the Screenshots folder (“C:\Users\your_name\Pictures\Screenshots”). To access a contextual menu, right-click or press-and-hold on Screenshots and select Properties.
You can view the existing path to your Screenshots folder by going to the Location tab. In Windows 10, click or press the Move button to change the location of your print screens.
The “Select a Destination” window appears. Search your Windows 10 computer or device for the screenshots folder you made, select it with a click or tap, and then press the Select Folder button.
Returning to the Screenshots Properties box, you should notice the new Screenshots folder path you specified. OK or Apply should be clicked or tapped.
If you want to migrate all of your screenshots from the old location to the new one, Windows 10 will ask you. If you select Yes, all of your previous screenshots will be moved to the new Screenshots folder. From now on, all screenshots you capture will be saved in the new place.
The shifting procedure may take some time, depending on how many screenshots you’ve taken so far. When it’s finished, the original Screenshots folder in Pictures vanishes. As you can see, the new default folder was renamed to Screenshots.
Only the current user account’s Screenshots folder gets modified. Rep for each account whose Screenshots folder you’d like to relocate.
IMPORTANT: It’s critical not to relocate the Screenshots folder to another system folder, such as the Desktop. As mentioned in How to change user folder locations in Windows 10, if you do this, you won’t be able to redirect it later.
If you’ve any queries, check this video:
How to restore the default location of the Windows 10 Screenshots folder
You may quickly return the Screenshots folder to its original position by accessing its Properties. As mentioned in the last chapter, go to the Screenshots Properties and click the Restore Default button in the Location tab.
The path in the field above the Restore Default button switches to the default Pictures path as soon as you click that. To save your changes, click or touch OK or Apply.
The original Screenshots folder must be recreated if it no longer exists. When Windows 10 asks if you want to make one, click yes.
As described in the last chapter, move all of your screenshots to the default Screenshots folder. Then press OK to return the Screenshots folder to its original place.
Would you like an easier way to find your screenshots in Windows 10?
It should not be difficult to locate your screenshots in Windows 10. Sure, you’ll eventually find it, but we wish there was a better way for consumers to know where each screenshot is saved. When you use VLC to screenshot videos, for example, the location is displayed on the screen right away. We’d like to see Microsoft follow suit, or at the very least have a notification regarding the screenshot location displayed in Windows 10. What are your thoughts on the matter? Would you prefer a more straightforward method of locating screenshots in Windows 10? Please let us know in the comments section.