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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls video game series, developed by Bethesda. The game is a single-player RPG in which players can explore, liberate and discover the secrets of Skyrim, one of the nine provinces of Tamriel and home of the Nords.

The main questline of the game has two distinct play throughs depending on if you align yourself with the Imperials or the Stormcloaks at the game's beginning.

On top of this, Skyrim is praised for having an abundance of detailed and multi-layered quests that you'll stumble into the more you explore, so there's a whole host of content to play outside of the main story.

The game features third or first-person combat, and players can hone their skills across archery, magic and weaponry to ensure they're a match for the beasts and foes roaming Skyrim's landscape.

Skyrim Game Save Location

Most players of Skyrim probably have a lot of game saves, but few know exactly where on their computer those are located. Whether it's to create a backup, restore an old save, transfer a save to another computer, or another reason, it's always useful to know the folder that your save files are located within - that's why you're here after all. See the save file locations for your operating system below:


On Windows (10, 8, 7, and Vista), you can find your game saves in the following directory:

To quickly jump to this directory, open up a File Explorer window (search for in your start menu), paste the above path into the address bar at the top and hit .

If there are no saves in this folder: Skyrim may have marked the files as hidden. To see hidden files, click at the top of the File Explorer window and check . For more help, see our how to show hidden files in Windows guide.

Windows Special Edition

If you're playing the Special Edition version of Skyrim, you can find your saves in the following folder:

If you have trouble accessing this folder, or there are no files within it, see the advice for non-Special Edition Skyrim (under the "Windows" heading) above this.

Skyrim Screenshot Location

In Skyrim, there are several ways to take screenshots. The two most common are with the key, which takes a Steam screenshot, and which takes a screenshot via Skyrim.

Screenshots Taken Via Steam (F12)

For screenshots taken via Steam (default key), you can find your screenshots within your Steam library at the following path (replace with the numbers from your steam3 ID):

If that doesn't mean anything to you, or you need to help locating these screenshots, see our how to find Steam screenshots guide.

Screenshots Taken Via Skyrim (PRINT SCRN)

Thankfully, finding screenshots taken directly via Skyrim with the button are a little easier to find. They're located inside your Skyrim installation directory, which is usually:


If you're struggling to find your Steam installation directory (what the two above paths are), see how to find where a Steam game is installed.

Skyrim INI File

Your Skyrim INI file () is, thankfully, a very easy file to locate. It's found at the following directory:

If you're playing on the Special Edition version of Skyrim, you'll find it at this path:


Where are Skyrim Screenshots saved?

The correct location is in the same folder SkyrimSE.exe is located. Here is the screenshot

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You see the file, screenshot0.png, screenshot1.png

Yap. That's the one. Because I install skyrim on drive D that's where it is.

I search for all possible locations. None of the other answers there works for me so maybe there is something about my set up that makes it fail

One location is

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It's not there. There is no folder skyrim in common

Another place that I look for

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata<some_id>\760\remote\72850\screenshots


I found it

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Yes there is one screenshot there.

However, the name of the screenshot file when I take screenshot in skyrim is clearly screenshot0.png, screenshot1.png. The only file there is 20200923161224_1.jpg

Also, only 1 screenshot there. I have other screenshot, namely of dragons.

So it seems that screenshots are not saved in one folder. If I go to map it is saved in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata<some_id>\760\remote\72850\screenshots. Normal screenshots is saved in the skyrim directory

I cannot really find where skyrim is installed easily. Looking at shortcut of skyrim shows


Where the hell it's located? Who knows. I know I installed skyrim on drive D so I found it anyway using a program called vortex. There is goes

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Skyrim is an artistically beautiful and amazing game, and one of the best games to take epic screenshots. Fortunately, it has also useful tools allowing the player to make personalized pictures.
The first thing to know is... how to take a screenshot.
The most convenient way is to use the Steam tool, as you can easily upload your pictures to your profile. To take a picture, just press F12 (default key) ingame, and a screenshot notification should appear in the corner. You can also tweak the Steam options to change the key or to have a lossless copy of your screenshot.
To use the following command, press the key under Escape and on the left of the number keys bar. It can be a ~, a ` or a ² depending on your keyboard. Then you can type your command, press enter to apply it, and press ~/² again to close the console screen.

  • tm (Toggle Menu) will hide all the HUD components, including menus, compass, crosshair and even the console menu (but it is still here so you will have to use it blindly after entering this command). Use tm again to show the HUD again.

  • tfc (Toggle Free Camera) will let you move the camera anywhere. Use your usual movement keys to move, and your left/right mouse buttons to move upward and downward. Your character will disappear if you are in first person view mode (hostiles will still attack at your initial position), but will stay if you are in third person view mode. Type tfc again to disable it.

  • tfc 1 Adding a '1' will also pause the game, and thus let you frame your picture peacefully. Type tfc again to disable it.

  • sucsm <value> (Set UFO Camera Speed Multiplier) will change the free camera speed. The value 50 will make it move 5 times faster than initially.

  • fov <angle> (Field of View) will change the the Field of View angle value (in degrees). Increasing the value will zoom out, decreasing it will zoom in. The default angle is 65 (which can be tweaked permanently -a lot of people like it higher when playing).

  • csb (Clear Screen Blood) will remove the blood on-screen effect. Useful for combat screenshots.

  • set gamehour to <hour> changes the time, with <hour> between 0 and 23 (e.g. "set gamehour to 15" sets the time to 3:00 PM). A superior value than 24 will also advance the day, but negative values crash the game. Nice if you want to change the lighting of the scene.

  • fw <formid> (Force Weather) temporarily changes the weather. Check here[] for the list of formid.

See this page[] for more details about the console or more commands.
A trick that can be used to spice up your shot is to add a depth of field effect. When you press Tab (Item/Magic/Skill/Map menu), the game alters the background, but it is hidden by the menu. Just hide the menu with tm before pressing Tab, and enjoy the effect in your picture! I would not recommend to abuse of it, though.

It is obvious that your pictures will be prettier if you use higher quality graphics options. Tweaking the .ini files can also be useful to improve the graphics. The best english-written guide I've found so far is the Geforce Optimize[] one, it details the effect and the performance impact of each option and give some nice advanced tweaks. Don't forget also the free official High Resolution Texture Pack to improve the textures.

Mods are also cool to add custom assets, new effects, replace textures or even tweak the graphic engine (ENBSeries[]). They can also help taking screenshots, for instance iHUD[] hides the HUD when not needed, so you don't even need to use tm anymore! (thanks cqdemal). For other mods, check the Steam Workshop and the Skyrim Nexus[].
Now you're ready to make beautiful pictures! You can post your best shots to the New, New Unofficial Screenshot thread in the Discussions section, and share your amazing adventures with other players!

I hope you will find this guide useful. Feel free to add a comment below if you think I should add some things. Also I'm not a native English speaker, so please tell me if you find any language mistake.

Happy shooting!

50 stunning Skyrim screenshots

Eye on the Sky(rim)

Its not like Skyrim isn't a nice looking game anyway. Its got pretty vistas, sparkly magic, lovely lighting, and some darned impressive dragons to boot. But with the addition of mods and filters all tweaked and fiddled to perfection, Skyrim can be transformed into something nothing short of awe-inspiringly beautiful.

This gallery of 50 stunning Skyrim screenshots is an appreciation of this wonderful gaming art form and the dedicated community at the heart of it. To appreciate the screenshots at a more appropriate size, don't forget to click the icon in the top left of the image for full-screen versions.

These screenshots have been gathered from various internet sources and credited accordingly. If a screenshot you have captured has been included and you would like it to be removed, please let me know.

In the dark

Image captured by: kailay

Dragon Power

Image captured by: Edg3 Gaming

Face up

Image captured by: kailay

"I Took An Arrow..."

Image captured by: Dead End Thrills

Ride about

Image captured by: Charles Bagas

Let there be light

Image captured by: Kyokushinoyama

The North Shore

Image captured by: amoebae


Image captured by: JavierCC


Image captured by: kailay

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How to Take Screenshots in "Skyrim"

I love to explore the relationship between the fictional worlds we create for movies, books, games, etc. and the real world.

How to Take a Skyrim Screenshot

Skryim begs to have pictures captured from it. While it may lack some other sophisticated details that the best-rendered games have in its image quality, it more than makes up for this small loss of photographic detail with a tremendous helping of masterfully handled artistic direction. I don't think there are any other games out there that look this good. In the few hours I have been playing it, I have taken literally dozens of screenshots—and that's from restraining myself!

So, want to learn how to capture all these gorgeous shots? This guide below will show you how to do the following on the PC version of the game*:

  • How to take a Skyrim screenshot
  • How to take a screenshot without the HUD
  • How to take a screenshot using the Steam screenshot manager

You can click on the images below to see a full-size version but beware: these images are huge! Feel free to copy them and use them as wallpaper and whatnot.

*Note: While the below information refers to only the PC version, RVP has supplied instructions for capturing screenshots on a PS3 in the comments below. Thanks to RVP for the contribution!


To take a screenshot:

  1. Press the printscreen button (PrtScr) which is located in the top right area of standard North American keyboards.
  2. When you take the screenshot, you'll notice a short, one second pause in the game. This will save your screenshot in the game directory.
  3. Your image should now be located in the Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\ folder, which should be in C:\Program Files\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\ unless you have installed Steam to a different directory. (Mine is just in C:\.)

If it doesn't seem to be taking any screenshots, try checking Users/(username)/My Documents/My Games/Skyrim skyrim.ini file to make sure the bAllowscreenshot function is set to 1 instead of 0.

How to Take a Screenshot Using Steam

You can also take screenshots and save them to your Steam screenshot manager if you have the Steam community overlay enabled. If this is the case, you can take screenshots by:

  1. Pressing the F12 button.
  2. Steam will then inform you with a small pop-up and sound.
  3. You will then be prompted to manage your sceenshots when you exit the game. You can share your sceenshots with other people in your Steam community.

Note: You can check out the help page if you're having problems with your Steam community overlay.

How to Remove the HUD Before Taking a Screenshot

If you don't want the heads-up display that shows the compass, text, and stats (HUD) to show up in your screenshots, you can temporarily remove them by: Opening Settings -> Display -> and dragging the HUD Opacity to the far left or by using the console.

  1. To open the console, type '~', the tilde key, which is located in the top left corner of standard North American keyboards. With the console open, type tm (which stands for toggle menu)and press Return.
  2. Press the ~ key again to close the console. (The console will have become invisible because it is part of the menu, so just trust me on this.)
  3. While the console is open, your game will be paused; when the console is closed, your game will continue, but the HUD (and menus) will no longer be visible on-screen.

Now that your HUD is gone, you can take screenshots normally. When you are done taking your screenshots:

  • Open the console again by typing ~, then type tm again, and then close the console by typing ~ again. Note: Although using tm might seem a little more complicated than changing the display settings, I find it to be faster if I just want a quick screenshot.

How to Take Action Shots

If you want to take action shots, you have to get fancy with the console. The game doesn't ordinarily allow you to view your character from any angle other than from behind when you have a weapon drawn. This can make it difficult to get a good action shot. (Other than by pressing PrtSc when a fatality cut-scene plays, of course.)

  1. You can get around this by opening the console and typing tfc 1 then close the console by pressing the '~' again. tfc stands for 'toggle free cam' and allows you to detach the camera from its usual position and move it around a scene using the movement keys (WASD).
  2. While the free cam is active, the action will stop and you can spend as much time as you like lining up the perfect shot. When you have the shot lined up, just use the normal methods of taking a screenshot.
  3. When you're done with your shot, open the console again and type tfc 0 to return the camera to its normal position.

Note: You can combine the free cam with the no HUD option and take action shots without any HUD elements as well. Just type 'tm' after 'tfc 1'. The console will disappear, so remember to type '~' again after typing these commands to get back to the game so you can take your screenshots.

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iwantoknow on July 10, 2019:

the photo's are skewed and do not show in windows photo viewer. gimp image viewer shows them but are skewed and not right i do not think this is gimps issue. prtsc does print screen in game but the bmp's are weird.

Eme on March 09, 2018:

How to take a screenshot when playing in window mode? Seems like it does not work.

J'zargo on January 18, 2017:

How about on mac?

Prime on June 08, 2016:

I do t have a computer... And I still want to take a screenshot

Any on April 14, 2016:

I have this one. iScreenShotIndex=2 Should I put 1 instead of 2? Leave it and add the good one? Or delete and replace with the good one?

mohawkman on June 24, 2015:

I have tried many times to take screen shots with Print Screen. When I tried to view these pictures all I get is an unable to view message. Using F12 does not work for me on my laptop so I changed that button to my HOME key and I still cant do Steam screenshots.

Brandon Hart from The Game on February 02, 2015:

I was wondering how to do this. Thanks for the article.

kbr on January 26, 2015:

The pause after pressing the prt sc button is coming but I am unable to locate the screenshots in my C:\Program Files (x86)\ skyrim folder. Pls help.

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on July 10, 2014:

Hi geowix999. That's odd. What's your operating system? Is it giving you any warnings? Bitmap files are a pretty standard format. You should be able to open them in any image editing application. I use Gimp. It's free. Just Google it. You can use it to convert .bmps to .jpegs, too.

Sarah Forester from Australia on April 04, 2014:

Handy little guide, thanks!

Martha Howard from NY, USA on September 16, 2013:

great post will try it soon. btw huge fan of skyrim :)

stefanssi on June 26, 2013:

I built an imperial lady, dark haired,beautiful green eyes, blushy cheeks with the skin tone a bit beij, a dark small tribal tattoo next to her left eye, she is slim as an elf.. and she likes to fight during the day as a restoration mage with all the gear she needs and during the night as a darkbrotherhood sister, she like's bows very much and stealthy kills, because it's in her nature to be called by the others the "death from everywhere, assassin". You've noticed that i said restoration mage, why? Because i never kill directly during the day, NEVER! Only my companions do the bloody-work and i heal them. I really don't do the killings myself during the day so i have to plan accordingly my missions to be during the night so i can actually kill something. Why this gameplay style? Because i thought it could express a personality. Her name is Arkansia. I can tell you more if you want... :)

A Space Ostrich on December 27, 2012:

Incidentally, tfc will detach the camera, typing tfc again will reattach it. If you add the 1 it will detach the camera and pause the game, to unpause the game you can type tfc 1 again.

Ryan on October 21, 2012:

how can you get the HUD away?

Piccianify on June 04, 2012:

So, i need Steam to do screenshots?

j486 on April 08, 2012:

edit the skyrim.ini file, under the [display] section add a line bAllowscreenshot=1 or ensure that is set to 1 already.. use the printscreen key.. enjoy!

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on March 29, 2012:

@Dr.Codfish: Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\ folder, which should be in C:\Program Files\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\

Dr.Codfish on March 29, 2012:

what file do you open. Ive taken loads of photos and i can't find them.

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on March 10, 2012:

@Zero: You're welcome! Be warned, though: taking screenshots is addictive. I've been sideswiped more than once by an enemy because I stopped to take a 'pretty picture'. :D

Zero on March 10, 2012:

@j-u-i-c-e: Thanks! this is exactly what I was looking for. I play with the wireless 360 controler on pc (i know, i'm not a true pc gamer w/o m/kb!) and I just yesterday found out that I can adjust 3rd person camera distance by holding in on the right stick and moving left stick up and down. paired with the free camera console command and the screen shot enabling addition to skyrim.ini, I'm about to have some fun :)


j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on February 02, 2012:

@Grovstock: If you're using a PC version, you do not need a program. I'm pretty sure you need Steam to activate & run Skyrim (I have the boxed version and it runs through Steam), so you can either hit PrtSc to send the image to your Skyrim folder or F12 to send it to your Steam image gallery. The details are in the article if you get confused.

Grovstock on February 01, 2012:

i don't gett it how to take a screen shot, do i need to downlaod some program for it? what do you recomand then? and i'm one of those who have the game but not steam :P ..... but my happy new year promise was to ... the game when i can afford to upgrade the PC for this game on best way :)

( why i whisp ... for my self is that if i tell all about it then maybe i will not gett the chance to do it then :( hahaha )

zak on January 11, 2012:

there is another way to take screenshots on the ps3. I don't know how yet, but I went through my photos in my xmb and there was a random screenshot of the back of my character and some mountians.

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on January 03, 2012:

@ranjit: I was watching LOTR the other day and was surprised by how similar the environments were. I hadn't seen the movies in a long time. It's obvious they were heavily inspired by the movies.

@CarlS: You're welcome. :)

ranjit on December 25, 2011:

you feel like you are in the " lord of the rings "

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on December 16, 2011:

@Misiek: Ah. Good to know. Thanks for the update.

Misiek on December 16, 2011:

Of course RVP didn't mentioned that this ICO has resolution like 160x120?

You call "that" a screenshot?!?

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on December 12, 2011:

@nicholei28: You should be able to view them fine in Windows. It's a native format and should be common to all Windows applications. I edit images in Paint all the time. You can always save them in Steam (F12) which stores them as jpg if it's really not working. Or you can dl Gimp or Irfanview or another free image editor.

nicholei28 on December 12, 2011:

so how do you view them I have a bunch of screen shots and they saved to bmps and my windows can't view them any ideas on how to get around that

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on December 02, 2011:

How do you pronounce "^^^^^^^"?


Pretty intense. Sounds like a Khajiit. :P

Wreckus on December 01, 2011:

Like my Skyrim name? ^^^^^^^

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on November 25, 2011:

@RVP: Thanks for the information regarding PS3. I'll make a note of it at the top of the article.

RVP on November 25, 2011:

Ahhhh, here we go--For PS3--First, save your game looking at what you want to take a screenshot of. Then, copy your file onto a USB stick and open ICON0.PNG on your computer.

RVP on November 25, 2011:

It is possible to get screenshots on ps3. Save the game when you have framed your chosen shot. Copy save file across to pc and then you have to change some filname type thingy..I read it somewhere the other day and cnt find i now but just to let you know..It's possible

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on November 19, 2011:

@mobias: I take screenshots almost every time I play. It really is a beautiful game.

mobias from Forest Grove, OR on November 18, 2011:

Ooooh I really love that last pic. I cannot wait to play this game, I'm sure I will have a whole mess of screenshots as well, throughout all my adventures!

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on November 17, 2011:

@djskagnetti: Thanks for the additional info. Even though Skyrim's HUD is very small, removing it can make the images look a little better.

djskagnetti on November 16, 2011:

Thanks for posting how to remove hud =) Pics may show up in \Program Files\The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. If you do not have a bAllowscreenshot=0 or 1 in My Documents/My Games/Skyrim skyrim.ini, copy pasta it under the top (first) line (your graphics card line) and make sure it is =1. removing hud (as listed above) really makes a difference in the screenshots, but may be confusing as it removes All menus, including ~ input menu. follow directions listed above and all shall be fine =)

j-u-i-c-e (author) from Waterloo, On on November 16, 2011:

@Nurfninja: Thanks! Not running it on anything terribly fancy: Acer, AMD Phenom II X4 840T quadcore, AMD Radeon HD 6570 1GB graphics card, 27" monitor. I only get High settings.

@SimeyC: I agree! The music is great, too! It really sets the tone. And the writing and voice acting is a lot better than it used to be.

@Lou: Glad you got some use from it. I guess the Google ranking explains why this hub has about 10x as many hits as any other hub I have. Thanks for bringing my attention to that. :)

Lou on November 15, 2011:

Thanks for the tip for no hud pic taking.

First hit on google :D.


Simon Cook from NJ, USA on November 15, 2011:

Great game so far; superb music, brilliant graphics, great plot....well worth the money spent!

Nurfninja from Earth on November 15, 2011:

Excellent post! Two thumbs way up, what pretty pictures they are!

If only I had the PC version. Looks awesome!

what pc do you run this on?

Glory to Akatosh!

Peace fellow dragonslayer


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