How to take screenshots in Skyrim and where are they stored?

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Monday, November 14th, 2011 - Comments

If you are wondering how to take screenshots in Skyrim and where Skyrim stores your screenshots.

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Tip: Skyrim stores screenshots as BMP files. If you don’t want to fill up your hard drive with BMP files (they are quite large), you should download a screenshot tool like Fraps that can take screenshots and store them as JPG files

1. Step It’s easy to take screenshots in Skyrim. All you have to do is hit the key PrtScn (check key to the right of F12)

2. Step Skyrim will automatically take a screenshot e.g. ScreenShot2.bmp. If you did it correctly, Skyrim will notify you of it and display something like ScreenShot file created …

screenshot file created

3. Step The screenshots are stored in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim

4. Step Open the Windows Explorer (Windows key + E) and go there, you can then open your screenshots with the Windows Photo Viewer or copy them, etc.

If you want to take screenshots with the FPS (framerate, frames per second) on it, you have to download a program like Fraps. Read this: How to check FPS in Skyrim


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One Response to How to take screenshots in Skyrim and where are they stored?

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Rachel said:

    THANK YOU!!! I was taking tons of screenshots by hitting the “print screen” button and I couldn’t find any of my screenshots! Following this path you provided worked! I found them!!!

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