I just took a screenshot in Skyrim. The message in the corner says it was saved, but it does not say where...

Where are these saved on my computer?


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Should be Program Files(x86)/Steam/SteamApps/Common/Skyrim


Right-click on the game in the Steam list, and click "View Screenshots". Then, click "Show on Disk" to open the directory where your screenshots are held:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<some_id>\760\remote\72850\screenshots


In case you have Skyrim installed via the disk the screenshots are stored in the root of your Skyrim installation directory, something like C:\Program Files (x86)\Skyrim.

  • Skyrim is a Steamworks game. It does not work (legitimately) without Steam on the PC.
    – 3ventic
    Feb 19, 2014 at 20:05
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    Perfectly possible: overclock.net/t/1164726/… Feb 19, 2014 at 20:10
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    That's installing from the disc instead of Steam, it still uses Steam. Makes the answer seem valid though.
    – 3ventic
    Feb 19, 2014 at 20:40
  • You're right, I updated the answer to reflect this. Feb 19, 2014 at 20:46

In Skyrim Special Edition, when I press F12, it takes screenshots that are stored in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<some id>\760\remote\489830\screenshots. When I press the PrtSc button on my keyboard, it takes screenshots stored in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata<some id>\760\remote\489830\screenshots

Definitely seems like there are just two different types of screenshots.


Press shift + F12 to take a screenshot and then press shift + tab and go into screenshots – it should be there. Works for me.

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    This doesn't tell you where it's stored, it just tells you how to access them in Steam .
    – Frank
    Aug 9, 2013 at 18:46
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    Doesn't this only work while you're actually playing the game?
    – Coronus
    Aug 9, 2013 at 18:58

Found them! I go into steam right click the game and click properties. Go to local files and then browse local files and they should pop up right there


The correct location is in the same folder SkyrimSE.exe is located. Here is the screenshot

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You see the file, screenshot0.png, screenshot1.png

Yap. That's the one. Because I install skyrim on drive D that's where it is.

I search for all possible locations. None of the other answers there works for me so maybe there is something about my set up that makes it fail

One location is

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It's not there. There is no folder skyrim in common

Another place that I look for

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata<some_id>\760\remote\72850\screenshots


I found it

enter image description here

Yes there is one screenshot there.

However, the name of the screenshot file when I take screenshot in skyrim is clearly screenshot0.png, screenshot1.png. The only file there is 20200923161224_1.jpg

Also, only 1 screenshot there. I have other screenshot, namely of dragons.

So it seems that screenshots are not saved in one folder. If I go to map it is saved in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata<some_id>\760\remote\72850\screenshots. Normal screenshots is saved in the skyrim directory

I cannot really find where skyrim is installed easily. Looking at shortcut of skyrim shows


Where the hell it's located? Who knows. I know I installed skyrim on drive D so I found it anyway using a program called vortex. There is goes

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