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How to save screenshots to OneDrive automatically

How to save screenshots to OneDrive automatically

by AshwinJanuary 21, 2016

Microsoft’s OneDrive is one of the most popular cloud storage services today.

Automatically save screenshots in OneDrive

It provides 5GB of free storage for free users, and can be used across almost any device, thanks to the official apps the Redmond company has released for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows PCs.

An additional advantage is that OneDrive is also available on the web, like most rival services (Dropbox, Google Drive, Mega, etc). But OneDrive does have one more feather in its cap that outdoes its rivals, a desktop app which comes pre-installed on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It is built-in to the operating system, and integrates deeply with File Explorer.

You can find it housed right in the system-tray (if you have not disabled it), else you can find it from the Start Menu. The app is not just limited to sync the files you copy to the OneDrive folder, but can also save screenshots you take on the PC directly to OneDrive. Of course you can just copy them directly and sync it to, but that takes manual effort and time.

How to save screenshots to OneDrive automatically

1. Right-click on the OneDrive icon on the system tray.
2. Select the “Settings” option.
3. Click on the third tab which is called “Auto Save”
4. It comprises of three sections. The third one is what we want, and is called Screenshots.
5. There is just one option under this setting: Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive.
6. Check the box to enable the option, and hit ok.

Now any screenshot you take on the PC will be available in your Microsoft OneDrive account. And of course, it will still be available in your Clipboard, so you can paste it into any app (like MS Paint for example).

Why you should use this feature?

There are two simple reasons why this is a great feature. Firstly, it is a good way to backup your screenshots, and restore them in case you accidentally deleted your local copy, or edited an important part of it and cannot undo the changes.

Secondly, you can use it as a way to de-clutter your hard drive. Pictures could end up accumulating a lot of space on the disk, so it is better t upload them to the cloud to save them. This also applies to cases of disk failure or system failure.

You may also follow this tutorial to disable the setting to Automatically save screenshots in OneDrive.