How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook

Grabbing Screenshots on a Chromebook may vary slightly from what you’re accustomed to on a Windows laptop or MacBook, but the process is equally simple. Whether you want to capture the entire screen or capture a specific part, keyboard commands are easy to use and remember.

Read on to learn how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook using a keyboard shortcut or stylus. We also list additional tips and devices that you can use to capture the screen of your Chromebook.

quick tips

  • Hold down Ctrl + Switch window Keys to capture a full screenshot.
  • Hold down Ctrl + slip away + Switch window Keys to occupy a specific area.

Capture a full screenshot

Chromebook screenshot CTRL switch

To take a screenshot of everything on your screen, press the following keys simultaneously:

Ctrl + Switch Window

The latter button is usually located in the middle top row full screen And Shine down Button, as shown above. It looks like a rectangle after two lines and replaces the typical F5 Key found on standard keyboard.

Chrome OS Capture Screenshot

Once you press both keys, a notification appears in the bottom corner showing the thumbnail of your screenshot. Clicking on a thumbnail moves you forward download Folder – This is where all screenshots go by default, allowing them to be accessed offline. You can also access this folder by clicking on the blue Files Folder style icon on the taskbar.

Chrome OS labels all screenshots they were captured on.

Since Chrome OS saves screenshots locally on your device, they will not be available on Google Drive until you manually upload them to the cloud. To follow these steps:

Phase 1: Switch to the thumbnail view and select the screenshot you want to upload. For multiple uploads, click the “Check” icon on each screenshot.

Phase 2: Click on the “Share” button in the top right corner.

step 3: Choose Save to drive On the drop-down menu. You can also send screenshots to other accounts as shown below, such as OneDrive and Dropbox. See our guide on how to use Google Drive for more useful suggestions.

Save screenshot to Chrome OS Drive

If you have a 360-degree hinge Chromebook like the Pixelbook, go to the “Screenshot in Tablet Mode” section in this guide for an alternative touch-based method.

Occupy a specific area

Chromebook partial screenshot command

Based on the latest version of Chrome OS, you can now create a window to do a partial screen capture. Google previously switched to capturing only a specific window, but as of version 83, it no longer seems to be. Like this:

Ctrl + Shift + Switch Window

Phase 1: Hold down Ctrl + slip away Keys together, then press Switch window switch.

Phase 2: The screen dims and the cursor temporarily changes to a crosshair. Use the crosshairs to initiate a corner of your capture area and hold onto the mouse button or touchpad.

step 3: Using your mouse or finger, drag the cursor on the screen until you draw a box. Move the mouse button or raise your finger to complete the box and occupy the screen.

Saves Captured Window download Folder, same as a full screenshot.

Screenshot in tablet mode

Tablet and Stylus Stock Photo
PhotoMIX-Company / Pixabay

Use the button

Many 2-in-1s and tablets running on Chrome OS may not have immediate access to a keyboard. Don’t worry: There is an easy screenshot that you can use in tablet mode. Press the following physical buttons simultaneously:

Power + volume down

Your screen registers the screenshot and takes an image of the entire screen.

Use a stylus – full capture

You can also capture screenshots of your entire screen using a stylus. Like this:

Phase 1: Tap Stylus.

Phase 2: Use the stylus to tap on the wall capture screen the option. It takes a screenshot of your entire screen.

Use a Stylus – Partial Capture

Want to capture only part of your screen? follow these steps:

Phase 1: Tap Stylus.

Phase 2: Use the stylus to tap on the wall Capture area the option.

step 3: Use the stylus to touch and hold your starting point on the screen.

step 4: Drawing the box, drag your stylus to the end point.

Step 5: Release your screenshot to capture.

Other tips and tricks

Copy screenshot

Chrome OS Copy Screenshot on Clipboard

Chrome OS does not want to automatically send screenshots to the clipboard print Screen Button does this in Windows.

If you want to copy a screenshot (for example, for an entry in an image editor), watch for the notification that appears above the system screenshot when you take a screenshot. Click as shown above copy to clipboard Button, then press Ctrl + V When you want to paste it.

Alternatively, find the screenshot on your Chromebook, select it, and just press Ctrl + C To copy it to the clipboard and Ctrl + V Like Windows, to paste.

Screenshot editing

Screenshots captured by Chrome OS are ready to share, but if you need to edit them first, familiarize yourself with the built-in image editor. Here’s how to use it:

Phase 1: Click the blue folder icon on the taskbar to open download Folder.

Phase 2: Double-click your screenshot to open it in the image viewer.

step 3: Click on the pen icon in the top right corner to enter Edit Mode.

Chrome os image edit mode

The tools for cropping, rotation and brightness adjustment in the toolbar above the taskbar are shown below:

Edit Chrome OS Image Toolbar

step 4: When you’re done, click on the pen icon again, or click to finalize your edit. Go out The system is located just above the clock.

The built-in editor does not allow you to save copies, so you want to manually copy the image to keep the original unpublished capture.

Using an external keyboard

If you’re using a Chrome OS-powered desktop (Chromebox) or an external keyboard plugged into your Chromebook, the keyboard likely uses a standard function key row instead of Chrome’s dedicated button row. Here are the Chrome OS commands that replace specific function key commands:

  • F1 – Previous page
  • F2 – Next page
  • F3 – Refresh
  • F4 – Fullscreen
  • F5 – Switch Window
  • F6 – Brightness Reduction
  • F7 – Increase Brightness
  • F8 – Mute
  • F9 – Reduce Volume
  • F10 – Increase Volume

To capture screenshot, type Ctrl + F5 On a standard keyboard. For partial capture, press Ctrl + Shift First followed F5.

Other Screenshot Tools


The built-in image tools for Chrome OS are a bit anemic, but fortunately there are plenty of apps and extensions on Google’s Chrome Web Store to help add additional functionality. Here are some useful pics:

Lightshot: Lightshot is a great start option that allows you to drag and drop screenshots on any part of the screen. You can edit the screenshot in place, then download it or send it to the cloud. It is easy to use for most purposes and is widely applicable.

FireShot: Save the entire page as an image without multiple screenshots. You can save in multiple formats and send them directly to OneNote or email.

Awesome screenshot: For those who want a more comprehensive, more powerful tool, Awesome Screenshot allows you to choose between screen capture and scratching so that you can also capture video whenever you want. The app supports annotation and easy blurring as well.

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