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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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