Trying to take a screenshot in Skyrim because I'm at the Saarthal part of Forbidden Legend, and there's a gate I don't know how to open. I want to post the picture here to show where I'm at. When I press alt+printscreen it does nothing at all.

Is there a built-in screenshot feature in Skyrim, or some other way of doing this?

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    Assuming you are playing through Steam, are you sure you are using the correct key(s)?
    – Vahx
    Jun 8, 2016 at 10:52
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    The key set you list is the same key to perform a regular screenshot? most computers I see use the Fn button, these days, and it catches out a lot of people.
    – user106385
    Jun 8, 2016 at 10:59
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    You tried ctrl+alt+print screen, I assume
    – user145704
    Jun 8, 2016 at 11:19
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    My Skyrim screenshots are being saved in (Steam version): "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim". Yes, they are scattered in the main folder. Have you looked there? I'm not sure, but think the non Steam version would save in the installation folder too
    – Znes
    Jun 8, 2016 at 11:46
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    I don't think you can play Skyrim without steam, even if you buy a disc at your local game store, it will still require Steam, so the answer will always be helpful to any Skyrim player that is on PC
    – Vahx
    Jun 8, 2016 at 12:19

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Skyrim has a standard screenshot function which you activate by pressing the Print Screen button, screenshots made like this will be placed in the Skyrim installation folder.

If you're playing through Steam you can create screenshots by pressing F12.

  • Oh yeah; without the alt/ctrl it works. Where does Print Screen save to in Skyrim? Jun 8, 2016 at 13:26
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    In the Skyrim installation folder, which is by default: (C:/Steam/steamapps/common/Skyrim)
    – Riley
    Jun 8, 2016 at 13:37
  • In the root install directory, or in a sub-folder? Jun 8, 2016 at 13:38
  • They get placed in the Skyrim folder, which is the highest.
    – Riley
    Jun 8, 2016 at 13:40
  • Root directory is it. Jun 8, 2016 at 13:40

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