Snipping Tool, a redesigned screenshot feature in Windows 11, is quite useful. You might not need to use a third-party screenshot tool like Greenshot or ShareX anymore. Everything on the screen can be easily captured using the built-in Snipping Tool (Default Screenshot Folder).
Screenshots taken with the built-in screenshot tool are saved by default in the C:\Users\<user name>\Pictures\Screenshots directory. If you want, you can move the default location to a different folder for easier access or other reasons.
This article will show you how to change the default screenshot folder and then restore it.
How to Change the Location of the Default Screenshot Folder in Windows 11
- Navigate to the C:\Users\<user name>\Pictures directory in Windows Explorer. Note: Replacing your user name with <user name>.
- Right-click the Screenshots folder in the Pictures directory and choose Properties from the popup menu.
- Navigate to the Location tab on the Screenshots Properties dialog, then click the Move button.
- Select the destination folder you want to use as your default Screenshots folder in the File Explorer window and click Select Folder.
- Click the Apply button after you’ve chosen a new destination directory.
- The Move Folder dialog box will then appear, asking if you want to move all of the files from the old location to the new one. Click Yes.
- When you’re finished, click OK.
Those programs, including Snipping Tool, that used the Screenshots folder to save images by default will now use the newly selected destination directory after completing the above steps.
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How to Restore Default Screenshots Folder Location in Windows 11
Follow these steps to restore the default screenshots folder location in Windows 11:-
- Select Properties from the popup menu when right-clicking the custom Screenshots folder you changed. In my case, the E:\Pictures folder had been designated as a custom Screenshots Folder. As a result, we must right-click this folder.
- In the Properties window, click the Restore Default button after selecting the Location tab.
- Click Apply.
- Select Yes in the “Create Folder” dialog box.
- On the Move Folder dialog box, press Yes once more.
- To return to the default Screenshots folder, click OK.