Windows includes multiple ways to capture what you see on-screen, but one of the most basic is to press the PrintScreen key at any time to place a snapshot of your screen on the clipboard. You have to paste this into Paint or some other image editor to save it, though.
In Windows 10, Microsoft upgraded this basic method with a new command: Windows Key + PrintScreen. With this, your screen will dim and the screenshot will be saved as its own file; by default this is in a new folder called Screenshots in your own Pictures folder. This is great, but it’s a better idea to save screenshots into OneDrive all the time so you don’t have to worry about losing them.
You may have already gotten a pop-up asking you if you want to save new screenshots created with this method into OneDrive; if you agreed, the screenshots are saved to OneDrive\Pictures\Screenshots. If you missed this prompt but still want to enable this, right-click the OneDrive icon in your system tray and choose Settings.
In the new dialogue box, change the tab to Auto Save and make sure the Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive is checked. Now screenshots that you take with Windows Key + PrintScreen will be saved into OneDrive!
Loki, my trickster kitten just took a screenshot of my computer and saved in to OneDrive. What even.
— JessicaRebelAlliance (@tehjessicarae) January 19, 2016
Of course, there are many other tools for creating screenshots that are superior to this basic method, and most programs let you choose where screenshots are saved by default. If you use one of these, you could save it to an alternative cloud storage provider if you don’t prefer OneDrive.
Where do you save your screenshots by default? Let us know how many screenshots are in your folder currently — I have 527 right now!
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