Windows 10 has introduced a very cool way of capturing screenshot. Just tap Win+Prtsc and the images will be captured. the screenshots are stored in %userprofile%\Pictures\Screenshots. The images are stored as Screenshot(x) where x denotes the serial number of the screenshots. As you take a new shot, the counter increases by 1. Since this is a game of the registry keys, even if you delete the screenshots or move them to another locationa, it will continue to increase its counter with every new capture. If you want to reset the counter you can. The following tutorial will help you learn how to reset the Screenshots index counter in Windows 10.

Steps to Reset the Screenshot Index Counter in Windows 10

1. Press Win+R to open Run Window. Type regedit and hit Enter.


2. Next, navigate to the following location



3. In the right panel, select ScreenshotIndex.

4. Double tap on the key to modify its value. The value given there means the number of screenshot already taken. Set the value to 1. This resets the counter.

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5. Close the Registry Editor.



Nick is a Software Engineer. He has interest in gadgets and technical stuffs. If you are facing any problem with your Windows, feel free to ask him.


  1. amazing post, very easy and helpful. more helpful than microsoft support, who act like they don’t know how to do this, so they waste your time and make you pay for additional support just to do what you have showed us now. thank you

  2. Sir bt before doing such changes…when i delete a screenshot like a imaginary number 437,438,439,440…..and total screenshot was 440 then new screenshot came from the number of 437……bt after making these changes when i am deleting screenshot…..still it is continuing with 441 instead of 437….i hope u understand my problem…….

  3. …but what if there is no option for ScreenshotIndex in this directory?

    Seriously. I opened Registry Editor, went to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer, and ScreenshotIndex is not listed. Ironically, I can send a screenshot (PrtSc, Ctrl+V) if you need.


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