There’s one question that I see new Chrome OS users ask frequently and it’s this: ‘How do you take a screenshot on a Chromebook?’.
The answer is surprisingly easy once you know how, which is why we include it in our list of ‘10 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Chromebook User Should Know‘.
But if you don’t know it, want to learn it, or you’ve simply forgotten what it is, here’s a quick refresher on how to take screenshots in Chrome OS.
How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook
Google’s Chrome OS has a screenshot feature built-in by default. This means you do not need to install a Chrome extension or download an app to take screenshots on your Chromebook.
Let’s say you want to take a snap of your entire screen. To do this you press the
Window Switcher keys at the same time:-
The screen will flash white for a brief moment. You’ll then see a notification toast to tell you if your screen grab was successful (spoiler: it almost always is).
What if you only want to screenshot a specific area of your screen? Well, you can do that to!
Just add the
Shift key to the screenshot keyboard shortcut combo above to capture a specific section of your screen (and not the whole screen):-
The screen will dim slightly and your mouse pointer will turn in a cross-hair. Use the cross hair to click and drag a box over the section of the screen you wish to snap. The moment you lift your fingers off the touchpad (or stop clicking with a mouse, if you’re using one) the screenshot is taken.
Menu Shortcut Available too
Not a fan of fancy finger-flexing keyboard shortcuts? No worries!
Chrome OS has a “Take screenshot” option tucked away in the
Settings > More Tools menu:-
Whichever method you use to take a screenshot on your Chromebook the same thing will happen: the screen will flash white briefly, then a notification toast will appear telling you a screenshot was taken:
You can click on the ‘Screenshot taken’ notification to immediately open the corresponding image file in the Chrome OS file manager.
All screenshots are saved as high-quality .PNG files and are stored in the Downloads folder for easy retrieval.