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Change the Location of the Default Screenshot Folder in Windows 8

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Windows 8 has redesigned its screenshot feature, and you no longer need to launch the Snipping Tool or run any third-party screenshot tool, such as Greenshot. You can easily capture everything on the screen using one key combination.

By default, the screenshots taken with the newly designed screenshot tool in Windows 8 are saved in the C:\Users\<user name>\Pictures\Screenshots directory. However, you may want to move the default location to a different folder to make it simpler to backup, for example. We will show you how to change the default screenshots folder to a location of your choice and how to set it back to its default location.

If you’re on the Modern UI screen, click the Desktop tile to switch to the Desktop or press Windows key + D. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the C:\Users\<user name>\Pictures\Screenshots directory, replacing your user name for <user name>. Right-click in the Screenshots folder and select Properties from the popup menu.

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Click the Location tab on the Properties dialog box and then click the Move button.

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Navigate to the folder you wish to use as your default Screenshots folder and click Select Folder.

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The path to the new folder is inserted into the edit box. Click OK to accept the change.

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The Move Folder dialog box displays asking if you want to move all the files from the old location to the new location. It is recommended that you do this, so click Yes.

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You can easily restore the default Screenshots folder. To do so, navigate to the custom Screenshots folder to which you changed, right-click in the folder, and select Properties from the popup menu.

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On the Location tab, click Restore Default.

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The original default Screenshots folder path is inserted into the edit box. Click OK.

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Because you previously moved (not copied) the Screenshots folder, it doesn’t exist in the original location anymore. Therefore, the Create Folder dialog box displays asking if you want to create the Screenshots folder. Click Yes.

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Again, you are asked if you want to move all the files from the old location (the custom location) to the new location (back to the original default location). Click Yes.

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Because you have the custom Screenshots folder open in Windows Explorer, you may see the following dialog box, warning you that the selected location is not available. Click OK. If Explorer crashes because of this, you can easily restart the Windows Explorer process.

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This procedure works on both Windows 8 and Windows RT, so Surface RT users can safely follow the above steps, too.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 03/7/13

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