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 is named "Screenshots" (or Screenshots if you have Windows in Greek) and is under the "Pictures" folder of the user you are currently logged in to.

Screenshots are automatically named by Windows. Each filename begins with the word "screenshot", but since the filenames must be unique, a number is added to the filename as a counter. Windows increases the counter by 1 every time you take a new screenshot. The result is having 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", answer Yes.

Step 2: In the Registry Editor window create a backup first, for any eventuality. You can make a copy for the whole registry or just for the key that you go to for the "trouble".

Step 3: Navigate to

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

Step 4: In the right pane, find and edit the "ScreenshotIndex" registry value. Turn the Base to decimal and put the value 1 or whatever you want in 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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