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Take a Screenshot in Windows 10 and Auto Save it to OneDrive

OneDrive, despite 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.

Auto Save Screenshots to OneDrive in Windows 10

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

OneDrive Settings

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


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

The simplest way is 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.

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

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One Response to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10 and Auto Save it to OneDrive

  1. Peter November 12, 2015 at 3:04 am #

    Excellent tip. Thanks.

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