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How to screenshot on a Chromebook

Knowing how to screenshot on a Chromebook is a useful skill to have, and is one that’s sure to come in handy during your time using Google’s lightweight operating system.

Whether you need to take a quick snap of your screen for a presentation or you want to capture a specific portion, our handy guide should have you covered.

Luckily, the process for screenshotting is nice and simple, and can be achieved in a couple of way, which we’re going to get into below.

Hardware Used

The Short Version

  • Press Shift+Ctrl+Show Windows
  • Use the menu in the bottom-right corner
  1. Step

    Press Shift+Ctrl+Show Windows

    The quickest way to access a Chromebook’s screenshot menu is to simply hit the keyboard shortcut Shift, Control and the ‘Show Windows’ key – this can be found just above the 5 key, but looks like a square with three vertical lines to the right.

    Pressing these keys down will bring up the ChromeOS screenshot menu, from which you can choose to either capture the entire screen or a select portion of your screen.

    To take a screenshot, hold down the keys and when it’s done, you’ll get a convenient pop-up in the bottom-right corner to let you know you’ve snapped your screen.

  2. Step

    Use the menu in the bottom-right corner

    If keyboard shortcuts aren’t for you, you can also access the screenshot tool by using the convenient menu ChromeOS has in the bottom-right corner of the screen where the clock is.

    To access it, simply press on the clock to bring up the utilities menu and press ‘Screen Capture’. From there, you should be able to access the screenshot toolbar.


Where do my ChromeOS screenshots get saved?

By default, ChromeOS saves your screenshots into the system’s Downloads folder and will tag them with a date and time, so you know when it was that you took the screenshot.

In addition, any screenshots you take will automatically be saved to your clipboard, so you can paste them anywhere you need to, be it on an email, or in a document, or simply into an images folder.

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