Steam’s screenshot option is one of the most useful tools on the platform.
With the use of just one button, you can capture an exciting moment and store it on your computer for as long as you want.
In-game screenshots captured by Steam’s screenshot tool can also be easily shared on your Steam profile for your friends to see, upvote and comment on. If you feel super confident, you can share them on social media as well.
However, not many new Steam users know how to do this, which is why this nifty short guide will include step-by-step instructions for taking screenshots on Steam that anyone can follow.
Avoid using third-party screenshot tools because this is so easy to do.
Note: The default Steam screenshot button is F12.
Taking A Screenshot On Steam While In-Game
This walkthrough will help you become more familiar with the Steam overlay, the settings and also teach you how to configure your own screenshot shortcut key!
- Launch Steam on your PC and log into your account.
- When you get inside the app, navigate to the top left corner and click on “Steam” and then on “Settings” in the dropdown menu.
- On your left side of this menu, you’ll be presented with a few options. The next step is to get into the “In-Game” section in the Settings menu.
- It’s essential to tick the “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game” option, as screenshots cannot be taken nor saved without this setting turned on.
- In the same section, you’ll see the screenshot shortcut button. By default, it’s always set to F12. If this doesn’t work for you, feel free to change it.
- Right under this setting, you can choose a different screenshot folder as well. If you want your screenshots to be easily accessible, create a new folder on your desktop called “Steam Screenshots” or anything similar, and use that one instead.
- For maximum customization, Steam allows users to change what happens when a screenshot is taken. Enable or disable the settings you prefer.
- The final step is to launch any game you have in your Steam library and press F12 or the shortcut you’ve chosen. You’ve now successfully taken a screenshot. Bravo!
Accessing Your In-game Screenshots Through Steam
You can immediately access your screenshots after taking them, but you’ll have to do it manually, which isn’t very convenient for users who aren’t so tech-savvy. Don’t worry!
You can easily do this with just one click after exiting the game you’re playing – the reason being that Steam kindly doesn’t want to interrupt your gameplay by showing the post-screenshot screen.
Don’t panic if you can’t immediately see the post-screenshot screen. It comes up on your screen after you exit the game you were playing. If that doesn’t happen, you can do this:
Upon clicking “Show on disk,” you’ll access your screenshot folder located on your hard drive or SSD. Here you can manually manage your screenshots, delete them or add new ones.
The following section explains how to create a new screenshot directory.
Changing The Steam Screenshots Folder And Creating A New One (Directory)
If you don’t like Steam’s choice for the location of your screenshots, you can easily change it and choose a more convenient directory instead.
Follow these instructions:
Now that you know how to take a screenshot on Steam, it’s time to start capturing some of the most exciting moments while playing your favorite games. Rare achievements, victories, embarrassing defeats, or anything you feel like screenshotting are more than welcome on Steam’s news feed.
Note that your Steam friends can see the content you post by accessing the community section. Steam currently offers 1GB of personal Steam Cloud Storage space for every user. Not too shabby!