How to Take a Screenshot on Chromebook

Chromebooks are fantastic for general users because they come with most basic tools, and there are several good Chromebooks you can buy. If you recently purchased a Chromebook and want to take a screenshot, you can easily do so with a hotkey combination. You don’t need to install any third-party apps because Chrome OS lets you take all types of screenshots including full screen, window, and partial snapshots with its screenshot feature. Besides that, I have mentioned a third-party app in case you are looking for a tool with features like annotation and screen recording. With that said, let’s go ahead and learn how to screenshot on Chromebook in 2022.

Take a screenshot on Chromebook (Updated July 2022)

In this guide, we’ve included 8 ways to take a screenshot on a Chromebook, including full-screen, partial, and window screenshots. The method below works on all types of Chromebooks, whether it’s a school Chrome OS device or your personal Chromebook from Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, and others. Consult the table below to find the relevant section. Also, if you want to take your Chromebook skills to the next level, check out some cool Chrome OS tips and tricks as well.

How to Take a Screenshot on Chromebook with Keyboard Shortcuts

1. Full-screen screenshot on Chromebooks: Ctrl + Overview key

If you want to learn how to quickly screenshot on Chromebook, the easiest way is to press Ctrl and the Overview button immediately. The preview button is present above the “6” key.

The preview key

It will instantly take a full-screen screenshot and the snapshot will be saved in the Files app under the “Downloads” folder. Just open the Files app and you will find the screenshot in this folder.

Apart from that, when you take a screenshot, a pop-up appears in the lower right corner. From there, you can click “Edit” and also annotate the screenshot. You also have the standard photo editing tools like cropping, resizing, adding filters, etc.

screenshot popup window

Since screenshots are automatically copied to your clipboard on Chrome OS, you can paste the screenshot directly into your favorite photo editor for Chromebook, Gmail, or any other media field. For example, in the Gmail Compose window, I can use the Chromebook keyboard shortcuts “Ctrl + V”, and the screenshot was added.

chrome os screenshot

Also, if you enable the clipboard history feature in Chromebook, you can find past screenshots, copied images, texts, etc., using a Chrome OS keyboard shortcut. Simply press the hotkey “Search + V” and the Clipboard History menu will appear. From there, you can easily paste your old screenshots. It’s pretty cool, right?

chromebook clipboard history screenshot

2. Screenshot of active window on Chromebooks: Ctrl + Alt + Overview key

If you want to know how to screenshot on Chromebook and capture active window, press Ctrl, Alt and the Overview button together. After that, select the window on your screen. You can either press Enter to capture the active window, or click on the window using your mouse. That’s it.

3. Partial screenshot on Chromebooks: Ctrl + Shift + Overview key

And if you want to freely take a screenshot of a specific area of ​​your Chromebook, press Ctrl, Shift and the Overview button. The screen darkens and you can select the perfect area to take a screenshot on your Chromebook. Personally, I love this shortcut and always use it to take a screenshot on my Chromebook.

Screenshot on Chromebook with screenshot

While many love keyboard shortcuts to quickly take screenshots, in case you want a simple button from which you can capture the screen, Chrome OS has made it easy for you. Google has added a screenshot feature to Chrome OS, which lets you take a screenshot on your Chromebook from the Quick Settings menu. Not only that, you can also record screen on Chromebook with Screen Capture. Here’s how to use it.

1. First, you need to be updated to the latest version of Chrome OS. If you are on Chrome OS 89 or higher, this feature will be enabled by default on your Chromebook. Additionally, the feature is available on all channels, including Stable, Beta, and Dev.

2. Next, open the Quick Settings menu in the lower right corner and you will find a “Screenshot” option.

How to Take a Screenshot on Chromebook

3. Click on it and a toolbar will open. Now you can select the type of screenshot you want – full screen, windowed or partial. Make sure you have selected “Camera” not the video indicator in the toolbar. For example, I capture a partial screenshot using the screenshot option here. Now click “Capture” or press Enter. The screenshot will be saved in the Downloads folder.

How to Take a Screenshot on Chromebook

4. If you want to change the default screenshot folder on your Chromebook, click the “gear wheel” at the bottom and choose “Select Folder”.

Screenshot on Chromebook with screenshot

5. Here, choose the desired folder where you want to save screenshots. For example, I created a “Screenshot” folder under “Downloads” for all my screenshots.

Screenshot on Chromebook with screenshot

6. Now all your Chromebook screenshots will be saved in your new selected case.

Take screenshots with buttons in tablet mode

If you want to screenshot on a Chromebook in tablet or tent mode, press the power and volume buttons together, just like you would on your smartphone. You don’t need to press and hold; just press and release the buttons at once. A full screen screenshot will be captured instantly on your Chrome OS tablet.

If you have an HP Chromebook, the shortcuts below offer clear instructions on how to screenshot on HP Chromebooks in tablet mode.

  • Shortcut: Power + One of the volume buttons
How to Take a Screenshot on Chromebook

Capture screenshots on Chromebook with a stylus

1. Full screen screenshot: If you’ve connected a stylus to your Chromebook, a “Stylus” menu will appear on the bottom-right shelf. Open it and select “Capture Screen” to take a full-page screenshot on your Chromebook. If you have an Acer Chromebook with a stylus, this is the best way to screenshot on Acer Chromebooks.

2. Partial screenshot: If you want to take a partial screenshot, click on the “Stylus” menu and select “Capture Region”. Now you can use your stylus or touch and hold somewhere on the screen, then drag to select an area. After that release the pen and a screenshot will be taken and saved in the selected folder.

Take Screenshots on Chromebook with Chrome Extensions

Now we have learned how you can screenshot natively on a Chromebook. If you’re looking for a more versatile and powerful screen capture tool to use on your device, check out the Nimbus Extension (Free). It allows you to take all kinds of screenshots and too offers screen recording and on-screen annotation.

If you’re looking for some of the other best Chrome extensions for taking screenshots, you can also check out Awesome Screenshot (Free) and Screencastify (Free).

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Take screenshots using an external keyboard

1. Full-page screenshot: CTRL+F5

If you have connected an external keyboard to your Chromebook, you can take a screenshot by pressing Ctrl+F5 simultaneously. It works the same as the native Chromebook shortcut, but you have to press F5 instead of the presentation button.

2. Screenshot of the window: Ctrl+Alt+F5

Similarly, for a window screenshot using an external keyboard, press Ctrl+Alt+F5. It will quickly take a screenshot of the current window on your Chromebook.

3. Partial screenshot: Ctrl+Shift+F5

Finally, press Ctrl + Shift + F5 to take a partial screenshot using an external keyboard. The screen dims automatically and you can easily select a region.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do screenshots go on a Chromebook?

All screenshots on Chromebooks are saved in the “Downloads” folder. Just open the “Files” app and navigate to the “Downloads” folder, and there you have it. If you want to change the screenshot save location, you can do it from Settings -> Advanced -> Downloads -> Change.

What is F5 on a Chromebook?

Simply put, F5 on a Chromebook is the preview key which is usually located above the 6 key. You can press it with Ctrl to take a screenshot.

What is the switch key on a Chromebook?

The switch key is again identical to the overview key. It’s used to switch windows on a Chromebook, so it’s called the Switch key.

Screenshot on a Chromebook like a pro

So that was our guide on how to screenshot on a Chromebook. We have included all the best ways to capture screenshot including native extension and third-party extension. While the built-in shortcuts work for me, some users want a complete solution from annotating to freestyle cropping selection. In that case, opt for the third-party app I mentioned above. Anyway, it all comes from us. If you’re missing a dedicated Caps Lock key, you can enable the Caps Lock key on your Chromebook. And if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.

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