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I was playing a Steam game yesterday and remember taking a Steam screenshot with the F12 key. I distinctly remember the "shutter" sound and the Steam popup which appeared with the small version of the image. But checking the screenshots section of my Steam profile today, I can only see old screenshots for that game, and nothing from yesterday.

Where did my screenshots go? Did I lose them completely?

Some notes:

  1. I've looked under the "all" tab of the screenshots section, to make sure I'm not missing anything.
  2. I've clicked the "Update" button, it didn't change anything.
  3. This game certainly supports this feature - I took screenshots this way in the past.
  4. I've checked the regular screenshot folder for the game - the one where the screenshots go to if you just click PrtScn - but it didn't contain any recent screenshots.
  5. Steam Client details: Built Sep 8 2011, at 13:50:04, API version v012, Steam package version 1675.
  6. System is Windows 7 64-bit.
  7. Game in question, if it makes any difference, is Civilization V.
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Check: "\steam\userdata\<userid>\760\remote\<appID>\screenshots\" Is it located there? Note: AppID for Civ V is 8930 – mordi2k Sep 10 '11 at 8:52
@mordi2k yes it is :) thanks! – Oak Sep 10 '11 at 9:17
@Robotnik why did you have to bump this? If you want to suggest getting rid of screenshot in general, post on meta and if accepted mods can mass-delete that tag without bumping. If not, what does this question not have to do with screenshots? – Zommuter Jul 12 '13 at 12:02
@Zommuter - I did ask on meta. See badp's response. Although good point, I didn't know they could remove without bumping. – Robotnik Jul 12 '13 at 17:12
@Robotnik Thanks for the link, though I can't say it does explain why you removed the tag here – Zommuter Jul 13 '13 at 6:35
up vote 15 down vote accepted

You haven't uploaded the screenshot yet, so it won't be on your profile. Right click Steam's tray icon in the lower right corner of your screen and click on "Screenshots".

You can then pick the game to show at the top, and that will show all the screenshots you've ever made in that game, uploaded or not.

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Not sure if this is still correct. I just opened up the View menu and there is no "Screenshots" option. – Sterno Nov 16 '12 at 3:57
"Screenshots" is now available from Steam's main menu, under View > Screenshots. It's no longer in the tray icon's right click menu. – ShadowXVII May 12 at 10:47
  1. Go to the game where you took your screenshot.

  2. Press Shift key and the Tab key to go to the Steam menu.

  3. Go to the screenshot manager and click "SHOW ON DISK".

  4. Voilà! You have your screenshots where you want them!

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In the screenshot manager, the "SHOW ON DISK" button doesn't seem to appear when you are in-game, however, the button does show up in the same manager after the game has quit. – IQAndreas Jan 7 '14 at 16:26

In the event that you cannot open Steam (perhaps you are accessing the screenshots from another file system), with some digging you can find the actual image files on your computer.

On a Windows install of Steam, use the following path:

C:\Program Files\Steam\userdata\[USER_ID]\760\remote\[GAME_ID]\screenshots

The USER_ID and GAME_ID will be string of numbers, and vary depending on what your Steam ID is and what game you are seeking your screenshots for. For further reading on how to find those fields, see:

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I found mine in:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\oblivion

For posting to Steam, you should use F12 rather than Print Screen to take them.

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But I'm asking about the F12 screenshot here, not the game-specific screenshots. – Oak Jun 11 '12 at 19:39

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