Chromebooks are meant to be simple computers, but that simplicity can sometimes lead to confusion. Taking screenshots is a feature that isn’t explained super well, and there are several ways to do it. We’ll show you them all.
Chrome OS 89 introduced a screen capture and screen recorder tool for Chromebooks. Before that, you had to know specific keyboard shortcuts ̵
Take a screenshot on Chromebook
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Use the Screen Capture Tool
First, we’ll show you how to use the Chromebook’s built-in Screen Capture tool. This tool can take screenshots as well as video screen recordings.
To get started, click the clock on the taskbar, also known as “Shelf”, in the lower right corner to open the Quick Settings panel.
Select the arrow in the top right corner of the menu if it is not fully expanded.
Then click on the “Screen Capture” button.
If you want to take a screenshot on Chromebook, make sure the screenshot tool that looks like a camera icon is highlighted.
You have three different screenshot methods. You can capture the full screen, a partial screen or a specific window. Select one of the options to continue.
Each of these methods works slightly differently:
- Full screen: Click anywhere on the screen to take a screenshot of everything on the screen.
- Partly: Drag to select an area to take a screenshot of, then click ‘Capture’.
- Window: Click the window or area of the screen that you want to take a screenshot of.
Here’s what that looks like for a full screen screenshot …
… a partial screenshot …
… And a screenshot.
When you take the screenshot, it will be displayed in the lower right corner of the screen and automatically copied to your Chromebook’s clipboard. You can immediately “edit” or “remove” the screenshot from the preview thumbnail.
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Use a keyboard shortcut
The Screen Capture tool is fairly easy to access, but you may want an even faster option if you take a lot of screenshots. That’s where keyboard shortcuts come in.
There are three keyboard shortcuts associated with the three screenshot methods mentioned above. The shortcut keys all use the Window key, which is the key on the top row of the keyboard that looks like three rectangles:
Below are the three keyboard shortcuts for a screenshot on Chromebook:
- Ctrl + Window: Takes a full screen screenshot immediately.
- Ctrl + Shift + Window: Opens the Screen Capture tool and allows you to select and take a partial screenshot.
- Ctrl + Alt + Window: Opens the Screen Capture tool and prompts you to select a screenshot window.
For the partial screenshot, drag your mouse cursor over an area to select what you want to capture and then click ‘Capture’.
To take a screenshot of the window, click the window or area of the screen that you want to take a screenshot of.
After using one of the three methods, the screenshot will appear in the lower right corner of the screen and will be copied to your Chromebook’s clipboard. You can then “Edit” or “Delete” the screenshot.
Use a stylus
If your Chromebook supports stylus input, you can also use the pen to take screenshots. There are two methods of doing this.
Full screen screenshot
With your stylus paired with your Chromebook, tap the pen icon in the taskbar.
Then select “Capture Screen” from the popup menu.
The screenshot will appear in the lower right corner of the screen and will be copied to your clipboard. You can then “edit” or “delete” the screenshot of the preview thumbnail.
Tap the pen button in the taskbar.
Select “Capture Region” from the menu.
Use the stylus to select the area of the screen you want to capture. Lift the pen off the screen to take the screenshot.
The screenshot will appear in the lower right corner of the screen and will be automatically copied to your Chromebook’s clipboard. You can immediately “Edit” or “Delete” the screenshot by selecting either button.
Where are screenshots saved?
Strangely enough, screenshots are stored in the “Downloads” folder of the Chromebook. Unfortunately, you cannot change where screenshots are saved by default.
To open the Downloads folder, click the App Launcher icon in the lower left corner to see all the apps installed on your Chromebook. From there, open the “Files” app.
Now select “Downloads” in the sidebar, and you will see all your screenshots on the right.
As you can see, there are many options for taking a screenshot on a Chromebook. It just depends on which method works best for your situation. Now you know it!
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