Screenshots are one of the simplest yet useful tools offered in almost all devices sporting a display. Chromebooks are no different and have a nifty built-in screenshot tool that allows you to take full-screen grabs as well as partial and windowed ones.
By default, the screenshots are saved to the Downloads folder but you can change that from the toolbar settings option.
In addition, any screenshot you take is also automatically saved to your clipboard. So, if you want to take a screenshot and paste it into a document, email or blog, go right ahead.
Here are two ways to take screenshots on Chromebook.
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Chromebook’s screenshot toolbar explained
Below we’ve explained the Chromebook screenshot toolbar.
- Choose the camera icon to capture a screenshot. The video camera icon to screen record.
- Select this icon for a full-screen capture.
- Select this icon for a partial screenshot.
- Select this icon for a windowed screenshot.
- Settings icon where you can customise where your screenshots are saved. These also contain a microphone and front camera settings for screen recordings.
How to take a screenshot using Chromebook’s keyboard shortcut?
The quickest way to fire up the screenshot tool on Chromebook is by using one of the following three keyboard shortcuts.
- Use the screenshot key, if your Chromebook has one.
- Use the keyboard shortcut: Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows keys.
- On external keyboards that don’t have the Show Windows key, you can either use the Print Screen key or press Ctrl + Shift + F5.
Once you’ve got the screenshot toolbar in place, you can take a screenshot of the full screen, a window or a partial screenshot. Follow the steps mentioned below to take a screenshot on Chromebook.
- Step 1: Choose the type of screenshot you want to take and crop the area of the screengrab.
- Step 2: Then click on Capture or press the Enter key to capture the screenshot.
Once the screenshot is saved, you’ll see its Tote on the Chromebook shelf at the bottom-right of the screen.
Once your screenshot has been saved; you can edit, delete or check it in the folder directly via the options in the Tote.
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How to take a screenshot using Chromebook’s toolbar menu?
If the keyboard shortcuts aren’t working out for you, or you want to use your touchscreen or mouse for the deed, you can do so by clicking on the Menu or Notification bar.
- Step 1: Click on the Time/Battery/WiFi icon box on the bottom-right of the toolbar.
- Step 2: Click on the Screen Capture option to fire the screenshot tool.
- Step 3: Choose the type of screenshot you want to take and crop the area of the screengrab.
- Step 4: Then click on Capture or press the Enter key to capture the screenshot.
Once you’ve got the screenshot toolbar in place, you can take a screenshot of the full screen, a window or a partial screenshot.
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Chromebook screenshot tips
Here are a few quick tips that you can use to enhance your workflow while taking screenshots.
- You can press the Enter key to capture a screenshot once the frame is set instead of pressing the camera icon.
- You can use the Spacebar key to change the section you want to screenshot.
- To change the size of your screenshot frame using your keyboard, press the Tab key until the selection circle starts appearing on the circles on your screenshot frame. Then use the arrow keys to change the height or width.
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