I need help taking screenshots in Mass Effect 3. I was able to put it on as a non-Steam game but when I load it up it, Steam thinks I shut it down as soon as. So I'm not able to take screenshots.


Both Mass Effect 3 and Origin have no 'built in' functionality for taking screenshots.

Mass Effect 3 strangely enough does have a screenshots folder in it's installation directory, but this doesn't do anything and there is seemingly no functionality to fill it with screenshots. Your options are pretty much as follows;

  • Have you tried pressing the Print screen button? Usually, when a game features a Screenshot folder, it will automatically save a screenshot upon pressing that button. Also, much less comfortable, but still valid: You can press the PrtScn button to create a screenshot on the clipboard, then open an image editor app, paste the screenshot inside, then save the image. – Nolonar Apr 24 '13 at 15:31
  • Pressing Print Screen in fullscreen mode results in no action. In order for print screen to work you need to be in borderless window mdoe. This is already covered above! – kalina Apr 24 '13 at 15:32

You can always make a screen shot by using the Print Screen button (sometimes labeled prt sc) and then paste it into any image editor like Paint or Gimp.

  • Actually, some games don't work with print screen. – kotekzot Apr 24 '13 at 7:27
  • Really? Interesting. I've yet to encounter such a game and would be curious to know what mechanic prevents Print Screen from working. – Sandokan Apr 24 '13 at 7:29
  • Some games provide their own print screen function that automatically saves to a certain directory. – hammar Apr 24 '13 at 8:05
  • Mass Effect 3 does not allow screenshots when running in fullscreen mode, if you run in full screen mode (not borderless window) you will need to use a third party application like FRAPS. – kalina Apr 24 '13 at 8:50

Mass Effect has a built in Screenshots Directory.

To take a screen shot in ME3, you'll have to switch over to Borderless Windowed Mode to allow print screen to work properly. Using Alt+PrintScreen captures just the ME3 window, allowing you to paste it into paint.

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