Steam has a built-in screenshot function, which uses the F12 key by default to capture a picture of the game you’re playing. It’s a bit complicated to access though since Steam splits them up by game and hides them behind a bunch of folders.

Where Are My Steam Screenshots?

We’re using Windows for our example here. Linux and macOS work much the same way but have different folder names.

Steam stores its screenshots in the following folder on your Windows PC:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\{Your Steam ID}\760\remote\{The Game's ID}\screenshots

On Linux, it’s at:

~/.local/share/Steam/userdata/{Your Steam ID}/760/remote/{The Game's ID}/screenshots

And on Mac, it’s at:

Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Steam/userdata/{Your Steam ID}/760/remote/{The Game's ID}/screenshots

The problem is it’s split up by game, and you probably aren’t sure which game “252490” is.

It’s much easier to access a game’s screenshots by right-clicking the game in your Library and clicking “View Screenshots” in the dropdown menu.


This will open a dialog where you can view all your screenshots, and click “Show on Disk” at the bottom to open up the folder with all the screenshots.

The “Upload” function in this dialog just posts the screenshot to your Steam profile (or optionally, Facebook). It doesn’t upload it to a hosting site like Imgur; you’ll have to do that manually.

Once you’ve got the actual files, you can back them up however you’d like, whether that’s just putting them in a different folder or uploading to a cloud service like Dropbox. If you want to back up every game’s screenshots, you’ll either have to do it manually or back up the whole \760\remote\ folder containing all the folders for each game. There doesn’t seem to be a way to view all of them in one folder at once.

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