Taking screenshots on your Chromebook may be a little different from what you’re used to on a Windows or MacBook laptop, but the process is just as simple. Whether you want to capture all or just part of your screen, keyboard commands are easy to use and remember.
Read on to learn how to take a screenshot on your Chromebook using keyboard and pen shortcuts. We also mention additional tips and tools that you can use to capture the screen of your Chromebook.
>Hold the Ctrl + Switch window keys to take a full screenshot.
>Press and hold Ctrl + Shift + Switch to take a partial screenshot.
To take a screenshot of everything on the screen, press the following keys at once:
Ctrl + toggle window
The last button is usually located in the top row between the full screen and brightness buttons, as shown above. It looks like a rectangle followed by two lines and replaces the typical F5 key.
Once you press both keys, a notification appears in the lower right corner displaying a screen thumbnail. Clicking on the thumbnail takes you to the Downloads folder – this is where all the screenshots go by default, making them reachable offline. You can also access this folder by clicking on the blue folder icon on the taskbar. Chrome OS calls all screenshots the date and time that they were taken.
Since Chrome OS saves screenshots locally to your device, it will not be available on Google Drive unless you manually upload them to the cloud. to do this. Follow next steps:
Step 1: Select the screenshot you want to download. For multiple downloads, click on the “Verify” icon in each screenshot.
Step 2: Click on the “Share” button located in the upper right corner.
Step 3: Select Save to Drive from the drop-down menu. Check out our guide on how to use Google Drive for more helpful tips.
If you have a Chromebook with a 360-degree hinge like a Pixelbook, go to the “Tablet-PC-screenshots” section of this guide for an alternate, touch-based method.
Instead of a full screen shot, you can select a portion of the screen you want to capture. Here’s how:
Step 1: Hold Ctrl + Shift keys simultaneously, then press the window toggle button.
Step 2: Dim the screen and the pointer changes temporarily to a cross line. Click and drag a square across the part of the screen you want to capture, then release the touchpad or mouse button.
A partial screenshot is saved in the Downloads folder, such as a full screenshot.
Screenshots in tablet mode
Use the buttons
Many Chrome OS 2-in-1 tablets and tablets may not have instant access to the keyboard. Don’t worry: there is an easy screen shortcut that you can use in tablet mode. Press the following physical buttons simultaneously:
Power + volume down
Your screen records the screenshot and takes a picture of the entire screen.
Use the pen – full capture
You can take a screenshot of your entire screen with the stylus as well. Here’s how:
Step 1: Click on Stylus.
Step 2: Use the stylus to press Capture Screen. This takes a screenshot of your entire screen.
Use the pen – partial capture
Want to capture only part of your screen? Follow these steps:
Step 1: Click on Stylus.
Step 2: Use the touch pen to click the capture area option.
Step 3: Use the touch pen to touch the starting point and hold the screen.
Step 4: Drag the pen to the last point, creating a square.
Step 5: Release to take a screenshot.