If you take a screenshot on Windows 10 or Windows 11, where will it end up? It depends on how you capture the screenshot, but there are a few obvious places you can look. We will help you figure it out.
If you are using Print Screen (PrtScn)
If you press the Print Screen key to take a screenshot, the screenshot is not saved to a file by default. Instead, Windows copies the shot to the clipboard, which is a special part of memory for temporary copy-paste use. To save the screenshot to disk, you’ll need to paste the image into an image editor (such as Paint) and save it as a file.
The same is true if you use Alt + Print Screen to capture the active window or Windows + Shift + S to capture part of the screen. These results go to your clipboard, not a file.
If you are using Windows + Print Screen
If you use the keyboard shortcut Windows + Print Screen to capture screenshots in Windows 10 or 11, Windows will save the image as a PNG file in your Pictures > Screenshots folder.
You will find it at
C:\Users\[User Name]\Pictures\Screenshots. In this case, “[User Name]” is our substitute for the Windows account name you were using when you took the screenshot.
Using Windows + Print Screen, Windows takes a full-screen screenshot and saves it to a PNG file named “Screenshot (#).png”. The number at the end of the filename counts over time based on how many screenshots you have taken previously.
Windows uses the same
C:\Users\[User Name]\Pictures\Screenshots save location if you use Windows + Fn + Print Screen on an older Surface device, Power + Volume Down on some tablets, or Windows + Volume Down on other tablets.
To note: If you manually moved your Screenshots folder to another location using the Properties window, Windows will save screenshots to the new location you choose instead.
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If you use “Snipping Tool” or “Snip & Sketch”
Windows 10 and 11 include a tool called Snipping Tool (and Windows 10 also includes a similar tool called Snip & Sketch) that lets you capture custom screenshots. These tools allow you to choose your save location for each file.
While it doesn’t help if you don’t know where you last saved your screenshot, they will remember where you last saved a file. To see where it is, take another screenshot, save it, and see where it wants to save the new file. Your old screenshots may be there. Alternatively, you can also check your Documents or Pictures folders under “This PC” in File Explorer.
If you’re using the Xbox Game Bar
If you use the “Capture” tool in the Xbox Game Bar (which opens when you press Windows + G), Windows will save your screenshot to
C:\Users\[User Name]\Videos\Captures or “[User Name]” is the name of the user account you used to capture the photo.
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If you are using a third-party screenshot tool
If you take screenshots on Windows 10 or 11 using a third-party tool created by someone other than Microsoft, you’ll need to check that tool’s settings to see where it saves screenshots. screen. Until then, a few good places to look include your Documents folder or your Pictures folder, both of which can be found under “This PC” in File Explorer.
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If you still can’t find your screenshots
If you still can’t locate where your screenshots are saved, there’s a technique that might help. Start by taking another screenshot, then search for recently changed files in File Explorer. To do this, press Windows + E to open an explorer window, then enter
datemodified:today in the search bar. (You can narrow the search by navigating to a certain drive or folder where you think it might be first.)
After a while, you will see newly created files appear in the search results list. When you see the screenshot file you just captured, right-click it and select “Open File Location” from the menu that appears. File Explorer will open to the location of that saved screenshot, and your other screenshots may also be there. Good luck!