Steam is a well-known platform for video-game lovers. The platform is host to a variety of video games, which are available for purchase and download.
Whilst playing games in Steam, you may wish to take a screenshot without having to exit or pause the game.
Fortunately, there are ways to take such screenshots in Steam. We’ll go through some of the different methods for taking in-game screenshots, and explain where your screenshots should be saved according to each one.
Finding your Steam screenshots
There are various different ways to take Steam screenshots, which means that your Steam screenshot folder will vary depending on the method used.
In some cases you may need to save it to your screenshot folder manually, whilst in others it’ll automatically be saved to your device. It may also depend on your computer’s file system too.
We’ll first cover some of the default screenshot features available in Windows, then go through some of the other places you may find your Steam screenshots saved.
Alternatively, you can use the default Windows screenshot feature by pressing Windows-key + Prt Sc. This will allows you to both take and save a screenshot.
If you use the Windows screenshot feature, the screenshot will be saved in This PC > Pictures > Screenshots.
Xbox Game Bar
You could also use the Xbox Game Bar feature, which Windows should possess by default, to take screenshots.
You can access the Game Bar by pressing Windows-key + G. Click the camera icon in the top left corner to take a screenshot.
Or, you can press Windows-Key + Alt + Prt Sc to take and save a screenshot using the Game Bar. By default, these screenshots will be saved in This PC > Videos > Captures.
Now, we’ll go through Steam’s own screenshot feature. This feature also allows users to take and save screenshots from within Steam games.
In order to take an in-game screenshot, you just simply press the F12 key. If the F12 key is also bound to another function, press Fn + F12 key to take a screenshot.
Unlike the other screenshot methods, finding the location of your screenshots here is a bit more complicated. In this case, there are a few methods for finding your Steam screenshots.
Using the Steam App
One of the easiest methods for locating your screenshots is by using the Steam app. Open the Steam client, and go to View > Screenshots. The view option can be found in the upper left corner.
This should open up the Steam screenshots uploader. Any in-game screenshots you’ve taken should be in the uploader.
You can navigate through your different screenshots by game. Click the drop-down menu to view your different screenshot folders.
You can also click ‘show on disk’ to be immediately taken to the screenshot folder in the File Explorer.
Using the Online Library
When you open the screenshot uploader in Steam, there’s an option to view your online library. You can choose to upload your in-game screenshots to the web, though you’ll need to be signed into the network for this.
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This way, you’ll be able to access your screenshots from any device. You’ll still have to log into your Steam account to access them, though.
To open your online library, open the Steam app and go to View > Screenshots > View Online Library.
To upload your screenshots, select the ones you wish to upload and click ‘upload’. You will have 1 GB of storage in your Steam cloud for saving screenshots.
Using File Explorer
You can also find your Steam screenshots manually using the File Explorer. The default folder your Steam screenshots should be saved in is your Steam folder.
You can usually find the Steam folder by going opening File Explorer and going to This PC > Windows (C:) > Program Files (x86) > Steam.
Once you’ve located your Steam folder, open it and double-click the userdata folder. This folder is usually located near the bottom.
Within the userdata folder should be a folder named after a series of numbers. These numbers should be your account ID number.
If you have more than account on your Steam app, there should be a folder for each account. Open the relevant account folder.
If you’re not sure which folder is the right one, check each folder until you find the one you need. After opening the account folder, go to 760 > remote.
Within the remote folder, there also be a series of folders named after different numbers. Each folder belongs to a different game. Click into each folder until you find the one you need.
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Alternatively, you can go to https://steamdb.info/apps/ and search for any game to find their game ID.
Once you’ve found the right folder, open it and click into the Screenshots folder. The screenshots you’ve taken for that game should be in that folder.
In conclusion, there are a few different ways to take in-game screenshots in Steam. Each method saves the screenshots in a different location – some may require you to enter your Steam password and log into your account.
You can usually use the File Explorer to find your Steam screenshots. If you’re using Steam’s in-game screenshot feature, you also use the Steam app to view your screenshots. In most cases, you’ll be able to find them in your Steam screenshots folder.
You can even upload your screenshots to an online library, and make your screenshots accessible from other devices.