Origin is trying to edge its way onto Steam's turf, which seems to have been one of the major reasons for keeping Mass Effect 3 an Origin (and console!) exclusive.

Thing is, I use Steam for a lot more than simply buying games - I've also fallen in love with the Steam Screenshot service.

Does Origin have anything comparable? Or will I have to rely on third party software (like FRAPS, or... even running Origin through Steam?) to get my screenshots?


Origin does not support screenshots. You will have to use FRAPS or Steam to make them or the game's functionality if there is any.

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  • I assume if you add the game to Steam "Games...Add a non-Steam game to the Library..." it will launch with the overlay which can take snaps for you. – Nick T Mar 6 '12 at 4:40
  • Yes, thats right. – user12190 Mar 7 '12 at 3:56
  • That doesn't help with some games like BF3. EA makes you launch that game from a browser so Steam can't put it's overlay. – user42915 Feb 24 '13 at 9:09
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    Download Process Explorer from SysInternals, Launch the game using Origin, fire up Process Explorer and copy the exact command line used to launch the exe. Add it to Steam :) – Петър Петров Aug 16 '13 at 11:47

What i have become accustomed to doing is having microsoft paint open when i play my games. When i do good in a match and im looking at the scoreboard i can just do a Print Screen and paste it into paint where i save it as an image. Its not very conveniant but hey, at least its something!

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    While this is a decent substitute in most cases, I will point out for posterity that this does not necessarily work with full-screen games. (If it does not, you will simply paste a full black screen) – Raven Dreamer Mar 23 '14 at 20:02
  • Or worse yet, it won't be an image of the game as it was when you pressed the button, but as it is now, when you paste it. I noticed this with a few games, ME: Andromeda, most recently. – muru Aug 14 '17 at 8:21

Although not provided by Origin itself, this shortcut works inside all Origin games:

  • press Win+PrtScn

This will not produce any sound nor visual effect and screenshots of all games are saved in the same folder: %USERPROFILE%\Pictures\Screenshots.

Using Windows 10 version 1909 and Origin Version 10.5.63.

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