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0 How to Change The Default Location of The Screenshots Folder in Windows 8

Taking of screenshots in Windows 8 has taken another dimension.Windows 8.jpg
Unlike the previous versions of Windows which requires the use of third-party Softwares like “Greenshot” or launching the default Snipping tool, it's now much more convenient using just one key combination.

By default, all screenshots taken by the new 'screenshot tool' in Windows 8 are saved in the directory C:\Users\\Pictures\Screenshots.
Nevertheless, you might want to move the default folder to a new directory in order to make it easier to locate and backup.

Therefore, in this tutorial I'll be putting you through the easy steps of going about this.
Note » This method works on both Windows 8 and Windows RT.

  1. Open the Windows explorer and navigate to C:\Users\\Pictures\Screenshots - Replace "" with your Pc's User name.
  2. Right-click in the 'Screenshots folder' and select Properties from the list of options in the popup menu.
  3. Click the “Location” tab on the "Properties" box and then click on the “Move” button.
  4. Navigate to the NEW folder you wish to use as the DEFAULT folder and then click Select Folder.
  5. Click “OK” to accept the new changes.
  6. Finally, you'll see a Move folder dialog box asking if you want to move all existing files from the previous folder to the new default folder.
    Click ‘Yes’ to accept or ‘No’ to cancel it.
And, that's it...

To restore the default location i.e C:\Users\\Pictures\Screenshots,

  • Navigate to the newly assigned/custom folder
  • Right-click inside the folder and select “Properties” from the pop-up menu.
  • In 'Location' tab, click Restore Default.
  • (The previous/default Screenshots folder path will be inserted into the edit box) - Click ‘OK’.
  • A dialog any will appear asking if you want to create the Screenshots folder - Click ‘YES’
  • Finally, you'll be asked if you want to move all files in the old location to the new location i.e The original location - Click ‘YES’
    Since the Custom Screenshots folder is probably opened,you could get a warning stating that the location's not available. - Click ‘OK’ and restart the Window's Explorer if it crashes because of this.
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