Here’s how to screenshot

Here’s how to screenshot on Chromebook so you can capture either a full screen, a partial screen or a specific window
If you’ve just picked up one of the best Chromebooks, you might want to know how to screenshot on Chromebook. And fortunately, it’s a very straightforward task.

As with Windows and macOS, you can capture whatever’s on your screen by simply pressing a couple of keys. But Chrome OS goes further than some operating systems, by including a neat screenshot widget. This lets you capture a partial screenshot, or a screenshot of a specific window, among other things.

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We’ll show you how to do each of these below, so read on to find out how to screenshot on Chromebook.
How to screenshot on Chromebook
Taking a basic screenshot on a Chromebook is very simple. This is the method you’d use if you want to capture whatever happens to be displayed on your screen at a given time.
1. Find the content you want to screenshot. On a Chromebook, this can be pretty much anything: it’ll work for web pages, apps, your desktop… whatever you want to capture.

2. Hold down the Ctrl key and then press the Show Windows key. Here’s what that looks like:
3. Find your screenshot. By default, Chrome OS will have saved it to the Downloads folder within My Files. You can find this by opening the Files app (search for it via the launcher, if you don’t know where it is).
Your screenshot will also have been copied to your clipboard, which is useful if you want to paste it straight into a Google Docs or Slides document.

And finally, on some Chromebooks you’ll also see a window appear in the bottom right of the screen once you take it. You can click on this to take you directly to the Files app.
How to take a partial screenshot on Chromebook
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Taking a partial screenshot that only captures a specific area of the Chromebook display is just as easy as taking a standard screenshot.

how to screenshot on chromebook
how to screenshot on chromebook

1. Find the content you want to take a screenshot of.

2. Hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys and then press the Show Windows key.

3. A message will appear telling you to ‘Drag to select an area to capture.’ Your cursor will also have changed into a crosshair and the screen will have dimmed.

4. Using the mouse/trackpad, drag to select the area you wish to capture. The area you are capturing will be highlighted.

5. Press the ‘Capture’ button in the centre of the screenshot. As before, your screenshot will be saved into the My Files/Downloads area.

How to take a screenshot of a window on Chromebook
If you don’t want a messy screenshot that also includes your taskbar, you can use the screenshot tool in Chrome OS to capture just one specific window. Here’s you do that:

1. Find the content you want to take a screenshot of.

2. Hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and then press the Show Windows key.
3. A message will appear telling you to ‘Drag to select an area to capture.’ Your cursor will also have changed into a crosshair and the screen will have dimmed.

4. Using the mouse/trackpad, drag to select the area you wish to capture. The area you are capturing will be highlighted.

5. Press the ‘Capture’ button in the centre of the screenshot. As before, your screenshot will be saved into the My Files/Downloads area.

How to take a screenshot of a window on Chromebook
If you don’t want a messy screenshot that also includes your taskbar, you can use the screenshot tool in Chrome OS to capture just one specific window. Here’s you do that:

1. Find the content you want to take a screenshot of.

2. Hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and then press the Show Windows key.
3. This will bring up the Chrome OS Screenshot toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
4. Press the right-most of the three central icons on the toolbar. This is the ‘Window screenshot’ option.
5. With that option selected, your cursor will have changed into a camera icon. Position the icon over the window you want to screenshot and click. This will capture just the one window, rather than your entire screen. As before, your screenshot will be saved into your My Files folder.

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For more advice on how to use your Chromebook, see our guide on how to restart a Chromebook or how to set a homepage in Google Chrome. And while you’re at it, you may want to check out how to clear the cache in Chrome.

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