Make Screenshots Automatically Save to OneDrive on Windows 10

If you take screenshots in Windows 10 using the standard keyboard commands, you can set them to automatically save to OneDrive. Here’s how.

OneDrive, despite the recent controversy, is built into Windows 10 and is still an excellent way to back up your documents, photos, and other files. If you take screenshots in Windows 10 using the standard keyboard commands, you can set them to save automatically to OneDrive.

AutoSave Screenshots to OneDrive on Windows 10

To set up your screenshots to automatically save to OneDrive, right-click the OneDrive icon on the taskbar and select Settings.

Then select the Backup tab and under the “Screenshots” section, check theAutomatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive” box and click OK.

Saving Screenshots to OneDrive

There are many different ways to take screenshots in Windows natively without having a third-party program using the correct keyboard shortcut.

Just to hit the Print Screen (PrtScn) key to take a full shot of the desktop. Or, if you want to take a shot of the current windows you’re in, use Alt+PrtScn. Note that both of these commands work for all versions of Windows and aren’t exclusive to Windows 10.

Once you take a screenshot, you’ll get a notification that the shot was added to your OneDrive folder.

Windows 10 notification

When you want to access your screenshots from OneDrive, you’ll find them in the Pictures > Screenshots folder and labeled with the date they were taken. If you want access to that folder from your local OneDrive folder, read: How to Select Which OneDrive Folders Sync in Windows 10.

pictures folder



  1. Peter

    Excellent tip. Thanks.

  2. Kev

    I already do this, but how to automatically save the screenshot as jpg instead of png?

  3. BruceK

    There is no autosave tab anymore. How do I enable this in OneDrive ca 2019?

  4. Marty

    How to save the screenshot without having to paste it to Paint? Tapping the Prt Sc simply copies the screen to Clipboard. How do I set the screenshot function to automatically make a picture of it?

  5. Michael Hooker

    When I right click the Onedrive icon in the taskbar on my Win10 laptop there is no option for “Settings”. All I get is the Explorer Window. I managed to set up saving screenshots to Onedrive on my desktop Win10 machine though.

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