How to reset the screenshot counter in Windows 10

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In Windows 10, pressing the Win and PrtScr keys together produces a screenshot. When you take a screenshot, the image is stored in a Screenshots folder in Pictures. This is a very useful feature, as there is no need to manually save them. In this, the screenshots are named sequentially. They start from 1. But even if you delete the first screenshot, the name will pick up from the last number. This is shown in the following image.

This is because the screenshot count is stored in the Windows registry. If you want your screenshots to start at 1 again, you need to make some changes to the Windows registry. You can read about the methods to start the Windows Registry Editor here. This post talks about how to reset the screenshot count. This way, you can start naming your screenshots from one. That is how:

  • print Vinci + R to open Run.
  • Gender regedit in the given field. Press all right. This opens the registry editor.

  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

  • Open Current version followed by Explorer.

  • On the right side of the window, you will see ScreenShotIndex. Click on it.

  • In the window that appears, set the value to 1. Click all right and exit the registry editor.

Now try taking a screenshot to check the changes. You will see that the new screenshot has started naming from 1.

Instead of resetting the screenshot counter, you can also set it to any other number you want. In the place where you entered 1, you can type say 8, then subsequent screenshots will be called Screenshots (8), Screenshots (9), etc. Make sure you choose the appropriate base (hexadecimal or decimal) for numbers greater than 9 One thing to note is that if you have already saved an image called Screenshot (1), the counter will not reset. Then it will start numbering from the next smaller missing number. I hope this helps!

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