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How to Reset the Image Screenshots Counter in Windows 10

See how you can reset the image screenshots counter in Windows 10 and make it count again.


Microsoft has greatly improved the latest versions of Windows 10 possibility to instantly take screenshots. One of the simplest options is to use the Win + Print Screen keys. Automatic screenshots of images will be saved to the default folder so you can easily find them.

This default folder has the name "Screenshots" (or Screenshots if you have your Windows in Greek) and is located under the Images folder of the user you are connected to each time.

The naming of screen shots is automatically done by Windows. Each file name starts with the word "screenshot", but since the file names must be unique, a number is added to the name and a number as a counter. Windows increases the counter by 1 every time you take a new screen shot. The result is that you have names like Screenshot (1) .png, Screenshot (2) .png and so on.


The meter is not reset, even if you delete the files in the Screenshot directory or move all the files to another location. Windows remembers the last number used and will automatically raise the new Screenshot to be downloaded by 1. If you want to reset this counter, you can do it through the registry. See how it works:

Step 1: Open Registry Editor (you must be an Administrator). If you do not know how to do this, press the Win + R keys at the same time, and in the pop-up window that appears, write regedit and press OK.

If you are asked if you "want to allow this app to make changes to your device," please answer Yes.

Step 2: In the Registry Editor window create a backup first, for every eventuality. You can create a copy for the entire registry or just for the key you're going to "hurt".

Step 3: Navigate to

Computer \ HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer

Step 4: In the right window, find and edit the value of the "ScreenshotIndex" registry. Turn the Base in decimal format and put the 1 number or anyone else into the value data.

Step 5: Click ok. Close the registry editor. The next snapshot you take using the Win + Print Screen keys will be named Screenshot (1) .png. It is not necessary to restart the system, changes are immediately implemented.

Note that Windows automatically selects the next possible name number, even if you restore the index to 1. If the Screenshots folder already has Screenshot (1) .png, then Screenshot (2) .png will be automatically selected by Windows.


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