How to stop saving screenshots to OneDrive automatically in Windows 10

Capturing screenshots on Windows 10 is simple. All the user is required to do for capturing the whole screen in one go is press Win+PrntScr key in combination on the hardware keyboard. Once done, the laptop screen dims indicating the screenshot is captured and ready for your view in the User/Pictures/Screenshots folder. However, the recent Setting option added to OneDrive forces the captured screenshots to be auto-saved to a special folder in the user’s OneDrive profile and in the cloud i.e., screen captures are saved to a Pictures\Screenshots folder in your local OneDrive profile, which is then synced to the Microsoft Cloud.

The move is intended place¬†cloud storage as a free or cheap replacement to files stored locally on your PC. While, the concepts interests many users, a handful of them find it quite bothering. Here’s a post walking you through the process of forcing Windows 10 to stop automatically saving screenshots, photos and videos to OneDrive, whenever you connect your camera or phone to your PC.

Stop saving screenshots to OneDrive automatically

Locate the OneDrive icon in the Windows 10 System Tray, just move the mouse cursor there, right-click on the cloud icon and select Settings option.

One Drive Settings

Thereafter, switch to the Auto save tab and uncheck the box ‘Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive‘.

Stop saving screenshots to OneDrive

When done, Tap or click OK to save the setting.

If you feel keeping a backup of all your documents and screenshots is essential, you can enable the option to automatically Save Screenshots to OneDrive. Move the mouse cursor to the lower-right hand corner of your computer screen again, right-click OneDrive icon, chose settings and switch to ‘Auto-save‘ tab. There, simply check the options displayed.

If you wish to also stop saving photos and videos, you should also uncheck the Automatically save photos and videos to OneDrive, whenever you connect a camera, phone or other device to my PC.

This functionality is seen as a result of heavy integration of OneDrive service with Windows 10. If you do not use it, you could disable OneDrive or uninstall OneDrive completely too.

Our post on how to take a desktop screenshot on Windows 10 might also interest you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

2 Comments

  1. teqjack

    Can the capture be saved elsewhere? Why is it tied to the app, which I do not want?

    Long ago (XP?) I had a screen-capture tool which was invoked by the PrtScr key. The program I have now uses a [hard coded!] 3-key “hotkey” combination. Bah.

  2. Keith Greenwood

    I use another screenshot utility, and this always hijacks my keyboard shortcuts. Even after turning this off in the Onedrive client, it keeps coming back after reboots. Is there a way to disable this via the registry or elsewhere?

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