How To Change the Default Screenshots Folder Location in Windows

Taking screenshots of your screen is a feature that has been around for a very long time. By default, Windows saves your screenshots in the Screenshots folder, found in your Pictures library. While this location works for most people, most of the time, you may want to change the location of your Screenshots folder. In this tutorial we will show how it's done.

NOTE: This tutorial is written on the premise that you know how to take screenshots in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If you don't, or if you'd like to quickly recall how, read this article first: 6 Ways to Take Screenshots in Windows 8 & 8.1, Using Built-in Tools.

Where To Find Your Screenshots In Windows?

In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, all the screenshots you take without using third party applications are stored in a folder called Screenshots. It is found in your Pictures library or user folder. Note that this folder is created only after you take your first screenshot using the tools that are available in Windows.

The exact location for all your screenshots is: "C:\Users\Your Username\Pictures\Screenshots", where "Your Username" is the name of the user account that you use to log into Windows.

You can either browse your computer and go to the path mentioned above, or you can use the Pictures shortcut from the Navigation pane in File Explorer.

How To Change The Default Location For Your Screenshots Folder

In order to change the location of the Screenshots folder, you will first need to access its Properties. To do that, right click or tap and hold it until the right-click menu is shown. Then, click or tap Properties.

In the Properties window, go to the Location tab.

In the Location tab you can see the existing path to your Screenshots folder.

In order to change the folder where your screenshots are saved, click or tap Move.

In the "Select a Destination" window, browse your computer and open the folder you'd like to use as the default location for all your screenshots. Then, click or tap Select Folder.

You are back to the Screenshots Properties windows. You'll see the new path that you have selected for the Screenshots folder. Click or tap OK so that the new setting is applied.

Windows asks whether you want to move all the screenshots from the old location to the new one. The recommended answer is Yes, so that all your old screenshots are relocated to the new Screenshots folder. If you choose No, your old screenshots will be left where they are and only the screenshots you take from now on will be saved in the new location.

Depending on how many screenshots you have made so far, the moving process might take a while.

Please keep in mind that the Screenshots folder is changed only for your user account and not for all user accounts. If you want to change the location for this folder for all user accounts, you must repeat this procedure for each account, individually.

How To Restore The Default Location For Your Screenshots Folder

Browse to the new location of your Screenshots folder. Access its Properties as shown earlier in this section and go to the Location tab. Then, click or tap the Restore Default button.

Most probably, the original Screenshots folder no longer exists and it must be created. When Windows asks whether you would like to create it, press Yes.

You will then be asked if you'd like to move all your screenshots to the default Screenshots folder. Press Yes and, in the Screenshots Properties window, click or tap OK.

The original Screenshots folder is now restored.


As you can see from this guide, it is really easy to change the default location for your Screenshots folder in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If you have any questions about the process described above, don't hesitate to ask using the comments form below.