How to Take Screenshots (Print Screen) on Chromebook

Capture all or part of your Chromebook's screen

Taking screenshots on a Chromebook is similar to taking screenshots on a Windows PC or Mac. There are keyboard shortcuts that allow you to capture all or part of your Chromebook's screen.

Instructions in this article apply to laptops running Chrome OS.

How to Take Screenshots on Chromebook

To capture all of your Chromebook's screen, press Ctrl + Window Switch. A confirmation window will appear in the bottom-right corner of your screen with a preview of the image.

If you are unfamiliar with the Window Switch key, it is typically located in the top row of the keyboard. You must press both keys at the same time.

The keys referenced may appear in different locations on your keyboard depending on the manufacturer and model of your Chromebook.

The Crtl and Window Switch keys on a Chromebook keyboard
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Capturing Part of the Screen on Chromebook

To take a screenshot of a specific area of the screen, hold down Ctrl + Shift, then press the Window Switch key. A small crosshair icon will 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.

The Crtl, Shift, and Window Switch keys on a Chromebook keyboard
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Locating Your Saved Screenshots

Screenshots are saved to your Downloads folder by default. To access your screen shots:

  1. Select the App Launcher in the bottom-left corner of the desktop.

    Select the App Launcher in the bottom-left corner of the desktop.
  2. Select the up-arrow to expand the list of apps.

    Select the up-arrow to expand the list of apps.
  3. Select the Files app.

    Select the Files app.
  4. Select Downloads in the left menu pane to view your screenshots along with your other downloaded files.

Screenshots are saved in the PNG format by default. If you prefer a different format, there are dozens of free image converter services online.

Select Downloads in the left menu pane to view your screenshots along with your other downloaded files.

Screenshot Apps for Chromebook

The Chrome Web Store has numerous extensions for Chromebook that add advanced screenshot options to Google Chrome. For example:

  • FireShot allows you to take screenshots of an entire web page, not just the portion currently visible on your screen.
  • SuperChrome offer an easy and fast way to capture and share full pages.
  • Awesome Screenshot includes a screen recording feature, among other screenshot-related functionality.