How to take a screenshot on the Steam Deck

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Knowing how to take a screenshot on the Steam Deck is something you may not need that often. When you need to screenshot something, though, you often have to move fast. Awesome moments don't last long during fast-paced gaming, so you've got to have the knowledge of how to take a screen capture quick at hand. 

Thankfully, on the Steam Deck, it's easy to take a screenshot. That doesn't mean it's obvious, however: unlike a full sized gaming PC there isn't a keyboard with dedicated screen capture keys. 

You'll be prompted about how to take a screenshot early on after first powering up your Steam Deck. It's easy to forget these instructions, though, and if you're anything like me, you probably completely ignored them as you were so excited to start poking around the settings and downloading games.

If any of that applies you, and you need a little refresher on how to take a screenshot on the Steam Deck, then read on. We'll show you how to take a screenshot and then how to access your screenshots afterward.

How to take a screenshot on the Steam Deck (and find it afterwards)

  1. Press Steam + R1 to capture screen
  2. Press Steam
  3. Select Media and navigate to All
  4. Find your screenshot

Read on to see more detailed instructions for each step.

1. Press the Steam button + R1 simultaneously to capture a screenshot.

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2. Check for a banner appearing in the bottom right saying "Screenshot Taken" (in my experience, I don't catch the buttons perfectly every time — this lets you know you have).

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3. To find your image, press Steam, then select Media from the Steam menu on the left. 

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4. If you've just taken the screenshot, it'll probably appear in the Recent menu. To find all your screenshots, press R1 to navigate to All and find your screenshot.

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Now that you know how to take a screenshot on your new Steam Deck, you may want to check out our other gaming tutorials, including how to enable the performance overlay on the Steam Deck, how to enable Desktop Mode on the Steam Deck, how to change the keyboard theme on Steam Deck and how to format an SD card on the Steam Deck.

Looking for some tips for using your other handheld? Well then you should definitely read our guides on how to share Nintendo Switch games with your family and how to send a Nintendo Switch Online app friend request

Want another way to play your Steam games on the move? Here's how to play Steam games on a Chromebook. For more ways to show off your gaming prowess, you'll want to brush up on how to stream on Twitch. Fancy PC gaming too? Learn how to download Steam on Windows.

Peter Wolinski
Editor, How To & Cameras

Peter is Editor of the How To and Camera sections at Tom's Guide. As a writer, he covers topics including tech, photography, gaming, hardware, motoring and food & drink. Outside of work, he can usually be found telling everyone about his greyhounds, obsessively detailing his car, squeezing as many FPS as possible out of PC games, and perfecting his espresso shots.