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 included it in our list of essential Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts.
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 screenshot on a Chromebook.
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, download an app or enable a hidden feature to take a screenshot on your Chromebook.
Assuming you have fingers, you already have everything you need!
To take a screenshot of your Chromebook’s entire screen press the
Window Switcher keys at the same time:
The screen will flash white for a brief moment, then a notification will appear to tell you that a screenshot was take. If you click this notification it will open the screenshot file in your Chromebook’s file manager.
Only want to screenshot a specific area of your screen? You can do that to!
Just add the
Shift key to the Chromebook screenshot keyboard shortcut above:
After you press this 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.
As before, you’ll get a notification to tell you the screenshot was successful.
Menu Shortcut Available too
Not a fan of fancy finger-flexing keyboard shortcuts? No worries!
Your Chromebook has a “Take screenshot” option tucked away in the
Settings > More Tools menu:
You can use this menu option at any time to screenshot your Chromebook’s entire display.
As before, click on ‘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.