How to take a screenshot on Chromebook

Have you ever seen something when using your computer that’s so cool you have to show to your friends or someone? Now imagine not being able to do that on your Chromebook and such a beautiful and beautiful sight is lost forever. Imagine if that screenshot would have gotten you the person of your dreams, but you let that slip right past you because you didn’t know how to take a screenshot. Well, here is a comprehensive and straightforward guide on the many ways you could take a screenshot on your Chromebook.

Ways to take a screenshot on Chromebook

Use the keyboard:

Every Chromebook comes with a keyboard, and with a few keys you will be able to take a screenshot of whatever you want.

  • To capture the entire screen, press and hold the Ctrl key + Windows shift key.
  • To capture a specific part of the screen, press and hold the Ctrl + Shift + Window shift key, then click and drag your cursor to the particular area you would like to capture.

Note that for external keyboards, the combination changes to Ctrl + F5 and Ctrl + Shift + F5 respectively.

Use the buttons on tablet mode:

When you prefer to use your Chromebook in tablet mode, you can find it quite inconvenient to have to swing back the keyboard to take a screenshot. Well that won’t be necessary, there’s a very simple way of taking a screenshot which is just like on an android or iPhone, press the Power + Volume down button to take a screenshot.

The bummer with this method is that you can only take full screenshots with it, so if you want to take a cropped section, you will still have to attach your Chromebook to a keyboard.

Use app extensions:

Some users may still need other alternative ways to take screenshots. In such cases, some extensions like Mibus screenshot and Screen Record video recorder may serve as excellent alternatives. These applications let you take a simple screenshot and also it allows you record a video of your screen. It also has terrific special features like it can delay the capture if you need to screenshot a particular menu

Use a stylus

If you are using a Samsung Chromebook Pro or Plus or the Pixelbook and its pen, there’s another option you could use. When you’re using the pen, you have access to a menu of tools in the lower right corner. This tool column has two screenshot options namely Capture region and Capture screen.


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