When using Windows Key + Shift + S, the selected area of the screen is copied to the clipboard.
Is it saved somewhere also as an image? If so, where can I find it?


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Edit: This answer is outdated. Please see new answers for the latest location, since it changes from time to time. I would edit this answer but I don't want to steal any current answers.

The new Snip & Sketch tool copies to the clipboard but will also save the image in a temp file. The temp file of the image is stored in AppData\Local.

C:\Users%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_(a string of numbers and letters)\TempState\ScreenClip

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/aia21t/snip_sketch/elt5ajt/

  • I was downvoted for providing a thoughtful answer here. People (lots of them) lose files storing them in temporary locations. I would never do such a thing.
    – John
    Feb 24, 2020 at 20:16
  • Don't remember which answer you were but I didn't downvote any. OP should definitely save them elsewhere if they mean to keep them. This is a good place to look if they didn't save from clipboard and accidentally closed Snip & Sketch
    – MC10
    Feb 24, 2020 at 21:49
  • That is what my answer was. They should be saved, not kept in a temporary locations. Yes, it was not you who downvoted.
    – John
    Feb 24, 2020 at 21:52
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    Folder exists but remains empty unfortunately. Could the location have changed since original answer?
    – Aurèle
    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:15
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    Mine was stored in ...\Packages\MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS_XXX\TempState
    – SwiftMango
    Oct 8, 2021 at 21:57

It looks like the location of temp files changed again :

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Packages\MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS_(numbers and letters)\TempState\ScreenClip

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    This location is still valid as of 2021/07/21. Jul 21, 2021 at 14:17
  • And 2021-11-19!
    – Shiv
    Nov 19, 2021 at 2:21

2022-03 : New location :

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    This is the current location - 23 Dec 2022 Dec 23, 2022 at 4:58

Win+e, click in address bar and paste the above destination.

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