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[How To] Auto Save Screenshots To OneDrive In Windows 10

One of the basic feature of Windows is the ability to take screenshots. This feature has been there for a long time now and it keeps on improving with Windows 10 as well. Screenshots can be an integral part of your daily work depending on your job profile. It fairly constitutes the art of capturing all or part of your PC screen graphically so that you can save it as an image and use it somewhere else.

Sometimes, you can find a need of auto saving your screenshot to be able to access it at any later point of time. The usual workaround for this is to use traditional WinKey + PrtScn method which saves your captured screenshot automatically to Pictures/Screenshots folder. But what if you do not have access to your PC and you are in outright need of those screenshots you saved in it? That’s where OneDrive comes in. Few weeks after Windows 10 was launched, Microsoft added the functionality of auto-saving the screenshots on your OneDrive storage. Although trivial, but this feature can be really useful to have a go on your saved screenshots anytime, anywhere.

In this post, we are going to cover on how to enable the auto saving screenshot feature in OneDrive for Windows 10.

Auto Save Screenshots To OneDrive In Windows 10

There are two methods to do so. You can turn this feature on using OneDrive settings menu or you can manoeuvre around Registry Editor to get it up and running.

Method 1: Using OneDrive Settings

When you install OneDrive on your PC, it gets minimized to your system tray where you can access it readily. To turn on the feature of saving the screenshots automatically to OneDrive, follow on to the below steps:

1. On the system tray in Windows 10, click on the upward arrow key and locate OneDrive icon (looks like ). It can be situated outside also depending on your current app usage on your system.

2. Right-click on the OneDrive icon and click on Settings from the menu, as shown in the image above.

3. In the settings window that pops up, switch to Auto-save tab. Now, under Screenshots section, you can see a check box named Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive. Select this checkbox and click on OK to save the settings.

4. Try capturing a screenshot now. You will notice that just after capturing it, a toast notification shows up to inform you that your screenshot has been added to your OneDrive storage. Also, one more thing to notice at this very instant is the changed OneDrive app icon in system tray, which is to notify that your image is currently being uploaded to OneDrive storage.

5. If you want to access the saved screenshots in your OneDrive storage, then navigate to OneDrive folder on you PC and then inside Pictures/Screenshots, as shown in the below image. You can find all your screenshots saved here with a green check informing that image has been saved successfully.

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

Here’s how to save screenshots automatically to OneDrive using Registry Editor:

1. Press + R to open Run prompt. Type regedit.exe and hit Enter. Select Yes in the User Account Control window that pops up, to launch Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to the following key on the left pane of Registry Editor:


3. Right-click on Windows and create a new key. Name it as OneDrive.

4. Now, right-click on newly created OneDrive key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it as DisableFileSyncNGSC, and set its data value as 1. Click OK to save the settings.

5. Close the Registry Editor and restart your PC to make the changes effective. Once signed back in, try capturing a screenshot, it should be automatically saving to your OneDrive storage.

This is it folks! Shout out in the comments section below if you are facing any issue related to this guide.

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