How to Take Screenshots on Chromebook

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As is the case with many common functions, the process of taking screenshots on a Chromebook is a bit different than what many of us are used to on Macs and Windows PCs. However, it's just as easy when compared to those more well-known platforms if you know which shortcut keys to use.

The instructions below detail how to capture all or part of your screen in Chrome OS. It should be noted that keys referenced below may appear in different locations on the keyboard, depending on the manufacturer and model of your Chromebook.

Capturing the Entire Screen

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To take a screenshot of all contents currently displayed on your Chromebook screen, press the following keyboard shortcut: CTRL + Window Switcher. If you are unfamiliar with the Window Switcher key, it is typically located in the top row and is highlighted in the accompanying image.

A small confirmation window should appear briefly in the lower right-hand corner of your screen, noting that the screenshot was successfully taken.

Capturing a Custom Area

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To take a screenshot of a specific area on your Chromebook screen, first hold down the CTRL and SHIFT keys simultaneously. While these two keys are still being pressed, tap the Window Switcher key. If you are unfamiliar with the Window Switcher key, it is typically located in the top row and is highlighted in the accompanying image.

If you've followed the above instructions, a small crosshair icon should appear in place of your mouse cursor. Using your trackpad, click and drag until the area that you wish to capture is highlighted. Once satisfied with your selection, let go of the trackpad to take the screenshot.

A small confirmation window should appear briefly in the lower right-hand corner of your screen, noting that the screenshot was successfully taken.

Locating Your Saved Screenshots

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After your screenshot(s) have been captured, open the Files app by clicking on the folder icon located in your Chrome OS shelf. When the list of files appears, select Downloads in the left menu pane. Your screenshot files, each in PNG format, should be visible on the right-hand side of the Files interface.

Screenshot Apps

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If you're seeking more than just the basic screenshot functionality described above, then the following Chrome extensions might be a good fit.

  • FireShot: Allows you to take screenshots of an entire web page, not just the portion currently visible on your screen.
  • 1Click Screenshot: Makes it easy to edit, annotate and share screenshots from within the Chrome window.
  • Awesome Screenshot: Includes a screen recording feature, among other screenshot-related functionality.
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