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How to take a screenshot on Steam Deck

Here's how you can screenshot your shareable moments on the Steam Deck.


Steam Decks are finally in the hands of buyers, as users around the globe get their hands on the ambitious handheld PC gaming device from Valve. With a deep library of compatible games ready to go at release, there’s a lot to check out on the Steam Deck. As players look to share the most memorable moments from their experience, let’s look at how you can take screenshots with the Steam Deck.

How to take a screenshot on Steam Deck

To take a screenshot on Steam Deck, press the “Steam” button and R1 simultaneously. This will take an image of whatever is currently displayed on your screen, whether it be gameplay or something in the menus. You can see the screenshots you’ve taken on the Steam Deck in the library.

The screenshot button on the Steam Deck is one of the device’s several shortcuts. Here are all of the shortcut controls available on the Steam Deck:

  • Steam + B (long press) - Force game shutdown
  • Steam + X - Show keyboard
  • Steam + L1 - Toggle magnifier
  • Steam + R1 - Take screenshot
  • Steam + L2 (soft pull) - Right mouse click
  • Steam + R2 (soft pull) - Left mouse click
  • Steam + Right Stick Button - Joystick mouse
  • Steam + Right Touchpad - As mouse
  • Steam + Right Touchpad Button - Left mouse click
  • Steam + Left Stick Up - Screen brightness up
  • Steam + Left Stick Down - Screen brightness down
  • Steam + Right D-Pad button - Enter key
  • Steam + Down D-Pad button - Tab Key
  • Steam + Left D-Pad button - Escape key

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these controls if you plan on spending a lot of time with the Steam Deck.

That’s how you can take screenshots on the Steam Deck. Being able to screenshot is an integral part of the social aspect of modern gaming, and pretty much all modern gaming hardware features a simple way to screenshot what’s on your display. If you’re still curious about the Steam Deck, consider checking out our review. There are also detailed videos of the new device over on the Shacknews YouTube channel.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Scream nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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