Where does the Snipping Tool Save Screenshots and Videos on Windows 11 and how to change it

In Windows 11, the Snipping Tool is a popular application that allows users to take screenshots of their screen in a variety of ways. However, the default save location for these screenshots may not be the most convenient for everyone.

In this article, we will cover where Windows 11 Snipping Tool saves screenshots by default, how to change the default save location, and some tips for using the Snipping Tool more efficiently.

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Where is the default save location for Snipping Tool screenshots?

When you take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool in Windows 11, the default save location is the Pictures folder in your user account. Specifically, the screenshot will be saved in the “Screenshots” subfolder within the Pictures folder.

To navigate to the default Snipping Tool save location:

1. Open the Windows File Explorer by pressing Win + E on the keyboard.

2. You’ll be on the Home page of your File Explorer. Here, under the Quick Access section, go to the Pictures option.

3. In the Pictures folder, you’ll see the Screenshots folder. This is the default folder location where your Snipping Tool saves all the screenshots by default.

Simply open that folder to go to access your saved screenshots.

Alternatively, you can also go to the Pictures folder by entering the following command in the Run dialog box:


Once you are in the Pictures folder, double-click on the Screenshots folder located there to open and access all the saved screenshots.

How to change the default save location for Snipping Tool screenshots

If you are willing to change the default save location of your Windows Snipping Tool, then this is actually not technically possible at the time of framing this article.

However, you can manually save each screenshot to your desired location. Follow the below steps to do so:

1. Press Win + Shift + S on your keyboard and capture the screenshot.

2. Once the screenshot is captured, open it up from the Windows 11 notification panel.

3. This will open up the screenshot in the Snipping Tool window. Here, click on the Save option (Floppy icon) or press Ctrl + S on your keyboard.

4. You’ll now be on the Save As dialog box. Here browse to the location where you want to save the captured screenshot, name the screenshot in the File Name text field, and click on Save.

And there you go! This is how you can save the Snipping Tool captured screenshots to your desired location on Windows 11.

Tips for using the Snipping Tool efficiently

1. Use keyboard shortcuts

Instead of opening the Snipping Tool every time you need to take a screenshot, use the keyboard shortcuts. Press “Windows key + Shift + S” to bring up the Snipping Tool in a temporary window. You can then select the area you want to capture and save the screenshot to the clipboard or a file.

2. Customize your snips

The Snipping Tool allows you to customize your snips with a few different options. For example, you can choose to capture a rectangular or free-form shape, as well as annotate your snips with a pen or highlighter.

3. Save time with delay options

If you need to capture a drop-down menu or a tooltip, the Snipping Tool allows you to delay your capture for up to five seconds. This gives you enough time to set up the screen for the capture.

4. Pin the Snipping Tool to the taskbar

If you use the Snipping Tool frequently, consider pinning it to the taskbar for quick access. Right-click on the Snipping Tool icon in the Start menu, and select “Pin to taskbar.”

5. Use a third-party snipping tool

If you need more advanced features or greater control over your screenshots, consider using a third-party snipping tool. There are many options available, such as Greenshot or Lightshot, that offer additional features like image editing, cloud storage, and more customizable options.

The Windows 11 Snipping Tool is a useful application for taking screenshots, but it’s important to know where your screenshots are saved and how to change the default save location if necessary.

By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily change the default save location and use the Snipping Tool more efficiently with the tips provided.

Additionally, you can consider using third-party snipping tools for more advanced features and greater control over your screenshots.

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Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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