Minecraft Screenshots Guide & Location

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There are shortcut keys in Minecraft which allow you take Screenshots at any moment in the game and automatically save them. It’s much better than actually pressing the print-screen key, as it only saves anything in the Minecraft window and stores it on your drive.

Note that this guide is for PC edition. If you are playing Xbox, PS4 or Nintendo Switch, your screenshots are stored locally on your device, under the gallery.

With these screenshots, you can send them to friends, use them as wallpapers or edit them yourself. For more Minecraft Guides and Best-of content, make sure to check out our dedicated area here.

How to Take a Screenshot in Minecraft

You can take a screenshot in Minecraft by pressing F2. You will know it’s worked as it will say ‘Saved screen as’ and then the current date and time in the bottom left corner. This means the screenshot has already been saved in a .PNG format to your computer.

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Saving a screenshot in Minecraft

Before taking a screenshot, there are a few things you can do to make it look better. Increase your graphics settings whilst taking the screenshot to get a higher quality result.

You can also press F1 to hide the HUD (hot-bar at the bottom of the screen) as well as your characters hand. Finally, press F11 to make Minecraft full screen. This means the screenshot will be the exact resolution of your monitor, making it suitable for use as a wallpaper.

Minecraft Screenshots Location

You can find Minecraft Screenshots in the Minecraft installation folder (which is found in AppData), then in the screenshots folder. Inside are all of the pictures you have ever taken, saved as .PNG files. 

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Minecraft Installation Folder

If you don’t know how to get to the screenshots save location, follow these steps:

  1. Open up your start menu and type %appdata% and press enter.
  2. You should be taken to C:\Users\YOU\AppData\Roaming by default.
  3. Go into the .minecraft folder.
  4. Then go into the screenshots folder in here.

Still Can’t Find it?

If you can’t find the Minecraft folder this way, you can go to the directory by opening your resource packs folder. Follow these steps:

Open Minecraft > Options > Resource Packs > Open Resource Packs Folder

Your Resource Packs folder should have opened in File Explorer. Now, just need to go back a section. Using the navigation bar at the top, remove the ‘Resourcepacks’ part of the URL, and you should be taken to Minecrafts main folder.

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!