Reset Screenshot Counter in Windows 8

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Windows 8 has this built-in feature of taking screenshots just by pressing Windows + Prt. Sc. keys. We have already covered the usefulness of this feature and how it differs from the previous version of Windows, in detail.

In a nut shell, pressing Windows + PrintScreen keys together will save a screenshot of your current screen in Pictures > Scrennshots. Files are saved as Screenshot (n).png where n is the index count.

You must have noticed that even if you delete the previous images, Windows will remember the index count and next shot will be saved considering the previous one. But here we have a manual method to reset this counter in case you are thinking to start things again.

Reset Screenshot Counter in Windows 8:

Step 1: Open Run dialogue box (press Windows + R) and type regedit  to open Registry Editor.

Step 2: In the registry editor, navigate to the following key:


Step 3: In the left pane, look for a DWORD value named as ScreenshotIndex. This is where the index number for next screenshot is stored. All you have to do is to change this value to 1 and Windows will start taking screenshots from start.

Windows 8 Screenshot Index Reset

Note that you can also change the path where Windows saves these screenshot. Follow our tutorial on how to change default screenshot output folder in windows 8.


Windows 8 handles this screenshot index quite efficiently so as to keep your files intact without replacing them. For example if you already have images in your screenshot folder and you reset the index, Windows will not replace your previous images rather it will still start with the index of previously present image + 1.

To explain this, if you have Screenshot (1).png file and you reset the counter, Windows will save next screenshot as Screenshot (2).png and will not replace your previous screenshot. If you have Screenshot (1).png and Screenshot(3).png now the next screenshot saved will be named as Screenshot (2).png

And if you have only the Screenshot (3).png then first it will save Screenshot(1).png and Screenshot(2).png and then it will jump to Screenshot (4).png. So Windows is quite intelligent at this!

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