How to Reset Windows 8 Screenshot Counter

Windows 8 comes with a very useful and convenient improvement. On it if you press Win + PrtScr, your entire desktop is captured, with a nice dim effect, and is automatically saved as a PNG file in your Pictures folder (%UserProfile%\Pictures\Screenshots).

Screenshots are sequentially named in the form Screenshot ().png. Windows maintains a count of captured images in the Registry, so even if you move or delete existing screenshots in the Pictures folder the index is not reset. If for any reason you wish to reset it, here’s how to go about it:

  1. Open Registry Editor (Win + R > type in regedit > hit Enter).
  2. Then navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.
  3. In the right-pane, look for a DWORD value named ScreenshotIndex.
  4. Now change its value to 1 by double-clicking on it.

That’s it!

Do note that if you already have existing screenshots in the Screenshots folder, they will not be overwritten after the index reset. So if you already had a file named Screenshot (1).png in the folder, the next capture will start from Screenshot (2).png.


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