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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