Where are Screenshots Saved on Windows 11

Where are Screenshots Saved

Windows 11 has multiple directories where screenshots are saved. If you can’t find them, here is a guide to help you in where are screenshots saved in Windows 11.

Window 11 is the latest window introduced in the market. It allows you to do your assignments or office work quite efficiently. This window has several advanced features like task view and virtual desktops, take screenshots, quick settings & notifications, snap layouts, and so on. Well, there are 3 native ways to take a screenshot on your Windows 11 device. You can either use the keyboard shortcut (or you can use the pre-installed ‘Snipping Tool’ app). Also, you can use the ‘Xbox Game Bar’ app to grab a snapshot quickly of a screen.

Since there are several ways to take screenshots in Windows 11, the storage location also varies by procedure. Well, in this article, we will let you where are Screenshots Saved on Windows 11. So, let’s take a look at where the screenshots are saved by various apps in Windows 11 in the upcoming section.

Location of Screenshots Taken Using the PrtScrn Shortcut Key

Where are Screenshots Saved

You can take all screenshots by pressing the PrtScrkey or Windows+PrtScrkeys simultaneously are saved in the ‘Screenshots’ folder automatically on your PC. To do so, follow a quick way to easily navigate to the folder and steps are the following:

  1. Double-click the ‘This PC’ icon placed on your desktop to open the File Explorer (alternatively, you can also press the Windows+E keys simultaneously on your keyboard to do it).
  2. Now, click the ‘Pictures’ folder placed under the ‘Folder’ section on the File Explorer window to proceed further.
  3. On the next screen, locate and double-click the ‘Screenshots’ folder to continue.
  4. You will now be able to see the screenshots you once clicked using the PrtScrn/Windows+PrtScrn keyboard shortcut keys.

Location of Screenshots Clicked Using Snipping Tool

While the screenshots clicked by any other native method on Windows are directly saved on disk. Well, the screenshots you click (via the Snipping Tool) are copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it either on paint or directly insert it into a space that allows picture insertion. Though clicking screenshots via the Snipping Tools is very simple and easy. Well, below-mentioned is a quick refresher on clicking a screenshot and how to use it when it is available on your clipboard. To do so, follow the steps:

  • To summon the Snipping Tool, press the Windows+Shift+S keys simultaneously on your keyboard. Also, your screen should dim a bit and you will see the ‘Snipping Tool’ bar placed on top of a screen.
  • You can either click a rectangular screenshot, free-form screenshot, a screenshot of a particular window, or a full-screen screenshot of your screen by clicking the respective buttons.
  • When using a rectangular or free form when the mode is selected from the toolbar, you will click-hold the left mouse button and drag the cursor across the screen to select the area. When the desired area is covered, release the mouse button to click the screenshot.

Open SS Location Via Notification

Furthermore, when you click the screenshot using your preferred option? You will see a notification tile placed at the bottom right section of a screen with the thumbnail of the screenshot. (i.e., stating that it is copied to the clipboard). Now, you can either click the notification tile to open the screenshot in a Snipping Tool window. You can also open the ‘Paint’ app on your Windows PC. Then, paste the screenshot by pressing the Ctrl+V keys simultaneously on your keyboard. Also, you can insert the screenshot in a document, in a chatbox, or any other location that supports the insertion of a picture by pressing the Ctrl+V keys simultaneously on your keyboard.

Also see: How to Keep Calculator on Top in Windows 11

Location of Screenshots Clicked using the Xbox Game Bar App

Just like the PrtScr shortcut for screenshots, the Xbox Game Bar app saves the screenshots instantly on your secondary storage. Nonetheless, the directory is different for the saved screenshots because both are different apps. Though a little crash method on how to click screenshots via the Xbox Game Bar app is a better option. To do so, follow the simple steps:

  1. To click screenshots via the Xbox Game Bar app, press the Windows key+G keys simultaneously on your keyboard to make the Game Bar appear on the top of your screen.
  2. Locate the ‘Capture’ window on your screen and click the ‘Camera’ icon placed on the overlay window to take a screenshot (alternatively, you can also press the Windows key+Alt+G keys simultaneously on your keyboard to take a full-screen screenshot quickly).
  3. When you click a screenshot, a notification bar will appear on the right edge of your screen, to notify you.
  4. Then, double-click the ‘This PC’ icon placed on your desktop to open the File Explorer (alternatively, you can press the Windows+E keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open it).
  5. Under the ‘Folders’ section on the Explorer window, locate and double-click the ‘Videos’ folder to proceed further.
  6. On the next screen, locate and double-click the ‘Captures’ folder to continue 
  7. Now, you will be able to see all the screenshots. Once you clicked via the Xbox Game Bar app on your PC.

That’s it, guys. Hopefully, this guide will surely help you out to locate all the screenshot-saving locations on your device. Do share your reviews and don’t forget to share. For any queries, do let us know in the comment box mentioned below. 

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