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How to Take A Screenshot on a Chromebook

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There’s one question that I see new Chrome OS users ask with a fair bit of frequency:‘How do you take a screenshot on a Chromebook?’

It’s actually surprisingly easy once you know how (which is why I also included in my list of ‘10 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Chromebook User Should Know‘).

But for those yet to learn it, or those who’ve simply forgotten, here’s a quick refresher.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook

Let’s say you need to take a snap of your entire screen. To do this you press the ‘Ctrl’ and ‘Window Switcher’ keys at the same time:

take a screenshot on a chromebook

If you just want to capture a specific area of the screen just add shift to the key combo, like so:

take partial screenshot on chromebook

If you’re on the Dev Channel of Chrome OS you’ll also find a new “Take screenshot” option is available from the “More tools” drop-down in the Chrome Menu.

After hitting the shortcut the screen will briefly flash white and a notification to confirm its success (or failure) will follow.


Clicking on the notification will open the Chrome OS file manager. All screenshots are saved as high-quality .PNG files, and stored in the Downloads folder for easy retrieval.

Don’t forget to check for, hide or obscure any sensitive information, like e-mail addresses or embarrassing photos, before uploading your screenshots to the web.

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  • S. Murphy

    Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate
    is the best extension for screenshots. I absolutely love it!

    • Same here.

      • sweeney

        me too

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  • lee colleton

    Every shortcut can be referenced on the Chromebook with Ctrl+Alt+/
    Shift+/ (aka. ? ) shows hotkeys and hotkey combos in Gmail and Google+ and Google Drive etc.

  • alvaro guzman

    Sometimes i get a black picture, or a distorsioned image =/, anyone else?

  • Gaurav Bidasaria

    here is a great collection of guides to take a screenshot on any device and any OS.

  • Lillie Stephenson

    Does anyone know how to get like skype on their Chromebooks?

    • Lexie M

      Sadly, you can’t. The Chromebook doesn’t support Skype. :( I have tried and I found out that it is not possible, but Google is supposed to make the future Chromebooks support Skype!(:

      • Chris Hick

        try Google Hangouts instead

        • Dalton

          IM+ is a alternative you cant video chat but you can text your skype buddies

    • krazieCx garcia

      got to apps chroe store and look up skype and it gives u a choice to download

  • wellswmn97

    When I go to get it out of the downloads it tell me it does not support that and that I need to go to Chrome apps to find something that does. Now how do I get the screenshot that i took??

  • Chris Hick

    awesome, thanks. I knew about Ctrl but hadn’t realised Ctrl+Shift gave you the cropping option

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  • Hola

    Thanks so much!!! This is great!

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  • Irene Collin

    Except the default way of pressing shortcuts to take a screenshot, you can also use third-party screenshot tools to achieve it. Discover more solutions here.

  • Kind of a terrible tool, honestly. I just bought an Acer Chromebook, with touchscreen, and was really disappointed to not see any way to draw right on it. Seriously? This should be built right into the OS; it’s the perfect feature for one of these.

    • Katie Malfoy

      Dunno what you’re going on about. It works fine on my Samsung Chromebook!

      • Well, if I just want a screenshot, sure! but I think at this point it’d be nice to have better screenshot tools that have a range of features/options.

        My HTC One M8 camera lets me draw on the images, modify them, etc, with no work at all; it’s built right in. I’m just not sure why the Chrome OS doesn’t have a pretty simple tool built in.

  • Rudolf Nanne

    Evernote Web Clipper! It was quite a search and I’ve tried them ALL –TechSmit Snagit (too less editing), Awesome Screenshot (clumsy blur, no highlight marker), Nimbus (clumsy blur, no highlight marker), Lightshot (no blur, no eclipse) Screen Capture by Google (no longer available), qSnap (clumsy blur, no highlight marker) FireShot (no editing) – but there is fortunately the perfect Chromebook replacement for Microsoft Snipping Tool and this is called “Evernote Web Clipper”. Try it yourself!

  • Nora Carrington

    I never get the notification.

  • Johnny La Rue

    This works but I can’t seem to take a screenshot of a chrome remote desktop window? I’ve tried the full screen and the partial screen variation.

    • cameronDB

      Hey, Johnny, did you ever figure out a solution?

      I’m trying to take a screenshot of an SAP error on my remote Windows 8.1 desktop. Both PC and chromebook are having NONE of it…

  • conor grant

    thanks very helpfull

  • alex

    if I use a generic keyboard (i use a chromebox) how can I take screenshots?

    • I use ctrl + F5 on my logitec keyboard

  • Gabby


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    Thank you!

  • lolerz3245

    Thank you so much i am doing a project and i needed to take a screenshot on Prezi so i can print it

  • Brett Schletty

    why can’t i save a screenshot on chromebooks

    • Diego Deleon

      Yes you can, in my hp chromebook, it saves it directly to My Drive

      • Cindy Capobianco

        take, save, How the heck can you SHARE a screenshot

    • Cindy Capobianco

      I can take it, it hides , cant send it anywhere,
      I hate this thing,, Chromebook Hp

  • ellesha

    it wont work for me! can any one help?

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    massive cool

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  • Jo

    doesnt work

    • nasdaq

      Have you tried: Fn + Window Switcher keys?

      • Jo

        thanks for replying; found hardware error, functions as normal now.

  • BarbarianPrincess

    This doesn’t work on my Acer C720 Chromebook. I even tried Shift / Alt / and the screen icon at top of keyboard – no luck. Looks like the commands differ, depending on which brand Chromebook you own.

    • Emily

      Hi — I have the same Chromebook — were you able to find a solution?

      • Emily

        Nevermind I figured it out.

        You hold — CTRL+SEARCH+windowswitcher key that looks like a square with two lines on the right — that does a full screen shot —

        If you add the shift key to that combination you get the curser to do the selection screenshot —

        Once you have taken the screenshot a box appears on the bottom right letting you know your screenshot has been captured.

  • unmasteredchief

    works just hit ctrl/shift ctrl and hold if shift ctrl hold the buttons anddrag you will see a black box let go when you are done and you will see screenshot has been taken

    • Emily

      Sorry — can you explain that one more time — still not getting it — I am on the Acer C720 too

  • jen

    extremely helpful!

  • Jaiden khang

    What is the window switcher key???????

    • brother hoot

      It is the key beside the key that is beside the reload key.

  • Addie

    the window switcher key should be beside your “darken brightness” key if you have a toshiba chromebook

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  • XXDarkMatterXX502

    thank you.

  • John Hixson

    After I take my screen shot using the handy dandy keyboard combo shown above can I paste it to an email or document? I do that with other screen shot software like greenshot and snip it. This seems to save it to the clip board?

  • Chrome_User

    How do you record your screen on a computer is what I am figuring out need to know asap!
    I dont need to know the switcher key thing I need to know how to record my screen badly reply asap as I say again please!!!(:

  • Carmar Wade

    The ctrl + screen switcher took screenshots on my Acer C7210 for awhile. Now when is goes to My Drive downloads, the open gallery button only shows a black screen. Copyright free sources don’t seem to matter. How do I troubleshoot?

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  • Sharon Bell

    Can’t find screenshots in downloads menu. Please help, as I’m getting a migraine.

  • Cindy Capobianco

    How do I SEND the screenshot???

    • ChromeDude

      Just share as normal as if it were a picture – ie. upload to facebook, etc

      • Cindy Capobianco

        ????????????? that is not possible.. If I could do that, I wouldn’t be here.. there is NO link to share, forward, nothing..
        there is only click to view, or copy to clipboard..

        • When you take a screenshot in Chrome OS it is saved as an image file in the ‘Downloads’ folder.

          This image file can be shared like any other.

          For example, on Imgur you’d click the ‘upload image’ button, select the file from the Downloads folder using the file picker that appears, and hitting OK.

          • Felicia

            you can also make a new folder label it pictures or images or whatever you want and then move the screenshot to the folder and delete the image from the download folder and it will still be in the pictures folder or whatever you named it’s folder :) hope this helped.

        • ChromeDude

          You can’t share directly from the photos app. In your facebook there will be a button to upload image from computer. Just hit that and select the screenshot

        • Diego Deleon

          It is not a link, when you take a screen shot it saves it as a jpeg file in your chromebook storage drive or in google drive, wherever you save stuff, like any picture. All you have to do is upload it as you would upload any normal picture. I just emailed a screen shot right now.

          • Cindy Capobianco

            I give up.. It is not possible to share screenshots on this HP chromebook, i am so tired of even trying.. Thanks anyway

  • sophia

    thank you sooo much
    really helped

  • HokeyPokey

    If you are using a non-chromeOS keyboard try:
    Ctrl + F5

  • Hanna Kristinsdóttir

    Do anyone know how to take a screenshot of multiple pages in a document on toshiba chromebook? It has to show how many pages and words the document contains

  • Jeff Urwin

    prtscn button on my Microsoft keyboard

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  • Skeleton O’Rourke

    Useful, thanks! I didn’t even realise this was possible without adding an app such as Nimbus. When will we get the ability to copy / paste though?

  • Anita Kraack

    How do I place a screen shot to display?

  • Kyla Blair-Hamill

    thankz. u saved my chromebook

  • mykala

    how do i take a screenshot on a regular computer

    • Craig Orenchuk

      print screen. or PrtSc on the keyboard

      • Christophe Patrick Horner

        windows button and the PrtScn at the same time will see the screen flicker and will be in downloads/screenshots folder

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    because im not the greatest with computers

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    Ctrl + F5 keys work on non-chrome keyboards. So does the Print Screen button.

  • SmartBeliever

    Thank you!

  • Anna

    Great. I’d love to change the shortcut for the partial screenshot. This one is really hard to do with one hand (which would be great, since I have to make lots and lots of them in a row). Looked around but can’t find the answer. Anyone?

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  • Snark Jacobs

    I’d like to see more on Chromebox’s. My Asus Chromebox is awesome, and uses any keyboard I want, so PrtScn not only works, but works better than Windows, as I don’t have to paste it to Paint, it automatically saves the screenshot, so I can take as many as I want in a row without ever having to so much as touch the mouse, let alone open any other programs.

    • Mike

      You don’t need to paste to paint with Windows, not sure where you got that from. It saves screenshots into a screenshots folder within My Photos as .png files

      • Snark Jacobs

        And then you pull up a photo editor and adjust as needed. Since most people are using the image sooner than later, this is the simplest and best known process known in the world

  • Jukka Aakula

    Thank you!

  • shayden

    Thanks to this

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    and this

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    and also this

  • Use [ctrl]+[fn]+[F5] on the Mac keyboard with CloudReady.

  • Charlie Jasper

    How do I change it from png to jpg as a default save-as?

  • missunderstood82

    Thanks for not helping at all. This did not work…not even sort-of.

    • cheKoz

      works for everyone, including myself… problem is probably you… your unappreciative and spiteful attitude is acid to the rest of the world… next time ask for more help instead of projecting your frustrations on others…

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        Yeah…I have no memory of posting that and agree with you it really wasn’t appropriate…

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  • firefox599

    didnt work for me I get the white highligt but the image wont save, is there anyone on the internet that actually knows how these rubbish chromebooks work

  • DatSk8rBoy

    It made my chromebook crash. Although, it is a rubbish school one, so is probably damaged in some way.


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