Steam, a video game software created by Valve, is known by all the hardcore gamers. Along with automatic installation and updating of games, the platform offers a social networking facility like chats and friend lists, in-game voice, and cloud storage. The software is free and available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux.

Apart from this, the Steam software allows you to take screenshots of your games and store them in your Steam Cloud Storage. You can access these screenshots any time, post them online to flaunt your victories and high scores, and make your friends jealous. But do you know how to take a screenshot while playing a game, save them and access your Steam Screenshot Folder in the future?

Yes, these are too many questions but do not worry as we will clear all your questions one by one. This article will provide you with the essential insight about taking screenshots on Steam while playing games.


How to Take A Screenshot While Gaming?

Taking screenshots on Steam is very easy. Steam assigns a hotkey F12 to take screenshots while playing games. All you have to do is press F12 when you want to take the snap. The screenshot then gets saved in a folder for you to retrieve later. In case you want to change or customize the screenshot hotkey on Steam, the following are the steps to do that:

Step 1: Open Steam on your laptop.

Step 2: Login into your account.

Step 3: Go to the View → Settings.

Step 4: Click on the tab In-Game.

Step 5: Go to the Screenshot Shortcut Keys and change the default key F12. It should be noted that you should preferably choose a key that won’t be used in the game later on.

Step 6: You can also modify other salient aspects of the screenshot. Check or Uncheck the boxes mentioned below:

  1. Display a notification.
  2. Play a sound.
  3. Save an uncompressed copy.

Step 7: Finally, press OK.

How to Save Screenshots With Steam?

Once you take a screenshot using the designated hotkey, it gets automatically saved on your system. Moreover, the new Screenshot Manager System on Steam allows you to manage the screenshot simultaneously while playing the game.

How to Change Steam Screenshot Folder Location?

If you wish to change the default folder location to save screenshots on Steam, go through the following steps carefully:

Step 1: Open Steam on your laptop and Log in.

Step 2: On the main page, go to View → Settings.

Step 3: Click on the In-game option.

Step 4: You will see a Screenshot Folder just under the Screenshot Shortcut Keys option.

Step 5: Click on the Screenshot Folder. Then, choose the folder where you want to save the screenshots or create a new folder for screenshots.

Step 6: Finally, click on Select and then click OK.

How to Find Your Steam ID?

For those who do not know what a Steam ID is, it is primarily a unique 17-digit code assigned to each user to locate the user’s Steam account.

Steam ID is needed because Steam allows users to have the same username. It creates multiple accounts with the same usernames, and therefore the task to find a specific account becomes difficult.

To ease your troubles, Steam ID helps you link other people’s accounts and use third-party applications smoothly.

To find your Steam ID, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Open Steam and log in to your account.

Step 2: Open your profile by clicking View Profile.

Step 3: You will see an URL at the bottom of the profile. The 17-digit number in the URL is your Steam ID.

Step 4: If you don’t see the URL, go to Settings, and click on the Interface option.

Step 5: You will see Select the skin you wish Steam to use. Just below this, you will find various checkboxes.

Step 6: Check the box Display Steam URL Address Bar when available.

Step 7: Click OK.

Step 8: At last, go back to your profile and check the URL now.

How to Access Steam Screenshot Folder?

Many users struggle with accessing Steam Screenshot Folder and retrieving their saved screenshots. Are you too facing the same issues? Well, you can relax now. We have compiled three methods to access Steam Screenshot Folder to prevent you from all the hassle.

Method 1: Screenshot Manager

Screenshot Manager on Steam is the program that allows you to see and share the screenshots you’ve taken without leaving the application. In case you wish to access all your screenshots, follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Go to Steam and login in to your account.

Step 2: Go to the Views option and click Screenshots from the drop-down box.

Step 3: You will see the screenshots from all the games you have played and screenshotted so far. Choose the game of your choice and see all your screenshots.

Step 4: Using the Screenshot Manager, you can either upload or delete the desired screenshots.

Step 5: If you want to access the screenshots via hard drive, click on the Show on Disk button at the bottom of the box.

It is the easiest method to view all your saved screenshots by using the Steam Client. In case you have some trouble using this method, try other methods.

Method 2: Accessing the Screenshot Folder Physically

Outside the game, all your screenshots are saved in a specified folder. This folder is located at the default location of your Steam folder. The default location of Steam is C Drive. To access the screenshot folder physically, take a look at the following steps:

Step 1: Go to My PC and click on Local Disk C.

Step 2: Click on the Steam Folder.

Step 3: Go to the UserData → Your steam ID (To find your steam ID, see point number 4) 760 → remote → App ID → screenshots.

Step 4: You will be able to see all your screenshots now.

Method 3: Directly From the Desktop by creating A Shortcut for Screenshots

None of us wishes to follow Method 2 again and again to access the steam screenshot folder. Therefore, it is better to create a shortcut for future use. But how do you create a shortcut for screenshots?

Follow these steps to create a shortcut on Desktop:

Step 1: Go to My PC and click on Local Disk C.

Step 2: Click on the Steam Folder.

Step 3: Go to UserData → “Your Steam ID” → 760 → Remote → “App ID” → ScreenShots.

Step 4: Right-click on the Screenshot folder.

Step 5: Click on the Send to option. Then, choose Desktop.

Step 6: Go to your Desktop. You will see the shortcut has already been created.


Without a doubt, Steam is one of the best gaming platforms among users. It provides a plethora of games from different genres and gives users a free trial of the game before it is launched.

Nevertheless, screenshots hold a special place in the hearts of gamers. Therefore, we have tried our best to compile the five fundamental points about screenshots to boost your gaming experience. We hope this article helps you in the best way possible, and you have a great time using Steam.