How to Change the Location of the Default Screenshot Folder in Windows 11?

Windows 11 comes pretty useful redesigned screenshot feature called Snipping Tool. You may no longer need to run any third-party screenshot tool, such as Greenshot or ShareX. Using a built-in Snipping Tool, one can easily capture everything on the screen.

By default, the screenshots taken by the built-in screenshot tool are saved in the C:\Users\<user name>\Pictures\Screenshots directory. However, you can move the default location to a different folder for easy access or any other requirements if you wish.

This gearupwindows article will guide you to change the default screenshot folder and restore it to its default location.

How to Change the Location of the Default Screenshot Folder in Windows 11?

Step 1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the C:\Users\<user name>\Pictures directory.

Note: Replacing your user name with <user name>.

Step 2. While you’re at the Pictures directory, right-click the Screenshots folder and select Properties from the popup menu.

Step 3. On the Screenshots Properties dialog, navigate to the Location tab and then click the Move button.

Step 4. In the File Explorer window, select the destination folder you wish to use as your default Screenshots folder and click Select Folder.

Step 5. When you have selected a new destination directory, click the Apply button.

Step 6. Then, the Move Folder dialog box will appear asking if you want to move all the files from the old location to the new location. Click Yes.

Step 7. Finally, click OK.

After completing the above steps, those programs, including Snipping Tool, used the Screenshots folder to save the images by default, will now use the newly selected destination directory.

How to Restore Default Screenshots Folder Location in Windows 11?

To restore the default screenshots folder location on Windows 11, do the following:-

Step 1. Right-click the custom Screenshots folder to which you changed, and select Properties from the popup menu.

For my example, we had assigned the E:\Pictures folder as custom Screenshots Folder. So, we need to right-click this folder.

Step 2. Select the Location tab in the Properties window and then click the Restore Default button.

Step 3. Click Apply.

Step 4. In the “Create Folder” dialog box, select Yes.

Step 5. Again, press Yes on the Move Folder dialog box.

Step 6. Finally, click OK to restore the default Screenshots folder.

That’s it!

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