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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, hence why I 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 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.

  • S. Murphy

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

    • Vicente de Piérola

      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.

  • David Streever

    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!

      • David Streever

        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.