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How to Save Windows 10 Screenshots Directly to OneDrive

Oyetoke Tobi - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Do you know that you can save screenshots directly to OneDrive on Windows 10? You can easily save windows 10 screenshots directly to OneDrive by just changing the screenshots default folder to OneDrive. 

Windows has many ways to capture your computer screen; however one of the most basic ways is to just press the PrintScreen or the combination of Fn + Printscreen (if you are using a laptop) key at any time to take a screenshot of your screen and copied it to the clipboard. Then, you’ll have to paste this into Paint or any other image editor to save it.

Microsoft improved this basic method in Windows 10 with a new keyboard command: Windows Key + PrintScreen or Windows Key + Fn + PrintScreen (if you are using laptop). Once you thid keyboard command, your screen will dim and the screenshot will be saved in a Screenshots folder as image file. So by default, it will be saved in a new folder called Screenshots in your Pictures folder. This is a good idea because it saves you the time to paste the screenshots in image editor and then save it. However it’s a better idea to save your screenshots automatically into OneDrive all the time so you don’t have to worry about losing your screenshots.

Probably, you may have already seen a pop-up asking you if you want to save new screenshots created with this method into OneDrive. In case you agreed, naturally your screenshots will be saved to OneDrive\Pictures\Screenshots. In case you missed the prompt however still want to enable this, you can follow the steps below on how to do so.

The first thing to do is to head over to the OneDrive settings on your PC. Then right-click on the OneDrive icon located in your system tray. 
Then select Settings.

Then a dialog box will pop up. In the new dialogue box, switch the tab to Auto Save and check the “Automatically save screenshots I capture to” checkbox.

From there, any screenshots taken with the keyboard command - Windows Key + PrintScreen will be saved into OneDrive automatically!

Obviously, there are many other tools and software for creating screenshots which are advanced than this basic method, and most of these tools let you choose where your screenshots are to be saved by default. So in case you’re using one of these, you could just save it to another cloud storage provider if you don’t like OneDrive.  However, saving it to OneDrive is still quite better because you can easily sync your OneDrive with Windows 10.



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