Screenshots are one of the most useful tools to show others the information on your screen. It can be useful for a variety of reasons. For example, you can send copies of error messages to support services, show a friend what your game screen looks like, or save a tweet that you suspect is going to be deleted in a few minutes. Today’s laptops all include ways to take screenshots, and that includes Chromebooks.
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Chromebooks can be a little confusing for someone coming from another platform, especially because their keyboards are somewhat different than those of Macs or Windows PCs. Some keys present on other laptops are missing, while new ones have been added.
Taking screenshot on Chromebook may be slightly different than what you do on a Windows laptop or MacBook. The key to taking screenshots is the “Show all your open windows” button, which looks like a box with two lines to the right side of it. Whether you want to capture the entire screen or simply snap a portion, the keyboard commands are easy to use and remember.
How to take a screenshot on Chromebook.
Follow this step-by-step guide on how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook.
- Press the Ctrl+Show windows keys together to take a screenshot of your entire screen on your Chromebook. The show windows key is placed on the top centre of the keyboard, a rectangle with 2 lines on the right side, and the Ctrl key is located on the left bottom of the keyboard.
- If there’s a need to just screenshot a specific part of the screen on the Chromebook, then Shift+Ctrl+Show keys have to be pressed together to use your cursor to select the part of the screen needed to be screenshot by dragging it across the screen accordingly. The shift key is located on both left bottom and right bottom of the keyboard on the Chromebook.
- After you’ve taken a screenshot on the Chromebook, it should pop up on the left bottom of the screen according to Chrome OS in use and it should provide the options to either copy the screenshot to the clipboard or to annotate the image.
Any screenshot you take will end up in the Downloads folder. To find the folder:
- Select the Launcher at the left corner of your display.
- Look for the icon named “Files” under the search field. If you don’t see it, select the up arrow and look for the “Files” app there.
- That icon will bring up your file manager. Look for your Downloads folder under the “My Files” category on the left. Your screenshots will be there.
Chrome OS labels all screenshots with the date and time they were captured. Since Chrome OS saves screenshots locally on your device, they won’t be available on Google Drive unless you manually upload them to the cloud. To do so, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Files app, and either select Images or Downloads listed on the left.
Step 2: Select the screenshot you want to upload. For multiple uploads, click the check icon on each screenshot (thumbnail view) or draw a box around the files using a mouse or touchpad (list view).
Step 3: Click the Share button located in the top-right corner.
Step 4: Select Save to Drive on the drop-down menu. As shown below, you can send the screenshot to other accounts, like OneDrive and Dropbox. Read our guide on how to use Google Drive for more useful tips.
Capture a specific area
In addition to a full shot, you can create a window to capture a partial screen. Here’s how: Ctrl + Shift + Show Windows
Step 1: Hold down the Ctrl + Shift keys simultaneously, then press the Show Windows button.
Step 2: The screen dims, and the cursor temporarily changes to a crosshair. Use the crosshair to start one corner of your capture area and hold down on the mouse button or touchpad.
Step 3: Drag the cursor across the screen using your mouse or finger until you create a box. Let go of the mouse button or lift your finger to complete the box and capture the screen.
The captured window saves to the Images and Downloads folders, the same as a full screenshot. If you’re running Chrome OS 88 or newer and you enabled the new Screen Capture utility using flags, you’ll see the new toolbar appear at the bottom of the screen with the Screenshot and Partial buttons selected by default. You’ll also see buttons to switch over to Full screen or Window modes.
Screenshots in tablet mode
- Use the buttons
Many 2-in-1 and tablet devices running Chrome OS may not have immediate access to a keyboard. Don’t worry: There’s an easy way to take screenshot on Chromebook that you can use in tablet mode. Press the following physical buttons simultaneously: Power + Volume Down
Your screen registers the screenshot and takes an image of the entire screen.
- Use a stylus — full capture
You can capture a screenshot of your entire screen using a stylus. Here’s how:
Step 1: Tap Stylus (or Pen).
Step 2: Use the stylus to tap the Capture Screen option. This grabs a screenshot of your entire screen.
- Use a stylus — partial capture
Want to capture only a part of your screen? Follow these steps:
Step 1: Tap Stylus (or Pen).
Step 2: Use the stylus to tap the Capture Region option.
Step 3: Use the stylus to touch and hold your starting point on the screen.
Step 4: Drag your stylus to the final point, creating a box.
Step 5: Release to capture your screenshot.
Chrome OS doesn’t automatically send screenshots to the clipboard like pressing the Print Screen button does in Windows. If you want to copy a screenshot on chromebook (for insertion into an image editor, for example), watch for the notification that appears above the system clock when you take a screenshot. As shown above, click the Copy to clipboard button, then press Ctrl + V when you want to paste it.
Alternatively, find and select your screenshot, press Ctrl + C to copy it to the clipboard, and then press Ctrl + V to paste it — just like Windows.
Other screenshot tool
The built-in image tools for Chrome OS are a bit anemic, but luckily there are plenty of apps and extensions on Google’s Chrome Web Store to help add extra functionality to take screenshots on Chromebook. Here are some helpful picks:
- Lightshot: Lightshot is a great beginner option that allows you to drag and drop a screenshot over any section of the screen. You can edit the screenshot in place, then download it or send it to the cloud. It’s easy to use and widely applicable for most purposes.
- FireShot: Save an entire page as an image without multiple screenshots. You can save in multiple formats and send them directly to OneNote or email.
- Awesome Screenshot: For those who want a broader, more powerful tool, Awesome Screenshot allows you to choose between screen capture and screencasting so you can also capture video whenever you want. The app supports annotations and easy blurring as well.
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