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How to Take a Screenshot on Chromebook

Using the Built-In Keyboard Shortcut

Chromebooks have a built-in keyboard shortcut that allows you to take a screenshot with just a few key presses. To take a screenshot of your entire screen, simply press the “Ctrl” and “Show Windows” keys at the same time. The “Show Windows” key is usually located in the top row of the keyboard and has an icon that looks like a rectangle with two lines on either side.

If you only want to capture a portion of your screen, press “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “Show Windows” instead. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair, and you can click and drag to select the area you want to capture.

Once you have taken your screenshot, it will automatically be saved to your Downloads folder. You can access your Downloads folder by clicking on the Launcher button (the circle in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen) and selecting “Files”. From there, you can open or share your screenshot as needed.

Capturing a Partial Screenshot

Sometimes you may only need to capture a specific portion of your screen, rather than the entire thing. To do this on a Chromebook, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “Show Windows”, as mentioned earlier.

After pressing these keys, your cursor will turn into a crosshair, and you can click and drag to select the specific area you want to capture. Once you release your mouse button, the partial screenshot will be saved to your Downloads folder.

It’s worth noting that if you only need to capture a specific window rather than a portion of the screen, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “Show Windows” instead. This will capture only the active window, and save it to your Downloads folder.

Taking a Full-Screen Screenshot

If you want to capture your entire screen on a Chromebook, you can use the built-in keyboard shortcut “Ctrl” + “Show Windows”. This will take a screenshot of everything on your screen, including any open windows or tabs.

Once you’ve taken the screenshot, it will be saved to your Downloads folder. From there, you can access and edit it as needed.

It’s worth noting that if you have an external keyboard connected to your Chromebook, the keyboard shortcut to take a full-screen screenshot may be slightly different. You may need to use “Ctrl” + “F5” or “Ctrl” + “Refresh” instead.

Saving the Screenshot to your Chromebook

Whenever you take a screenshot on a Chromebook, it is automatically saved to your Downloads folder. To access this folder, click on the Launcher button (the circle in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen) and select “Files”. From there, click on “Downloads” to see your screenshot.

If you want to save your screenshot to a different location, you can easily do so. After taking the screenshot, click on the notification that appears in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. This will open the screenshot in a new window.

From there, you can click on the “Save” button and choose where you want to save the file. You can also choose to rename the file if you want to give it a more descriptive name.

Alternatively, you can drag and drop the screenshot from the Downloads folder to another location on your Chromebook, such as your Google Drive or a different folder.

Editing and Sharing your Screenshot

After taking a screenshot on your Chromebook, you may want to edit it before sharing it with others. Chromebooks come with a basic image editor that allows you to crop, rotate, and add text to your screenshots.

To access the image editor, click on the notification that appears in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen after taking the screenshot. This will open the screenshot in a new window.

From there, click on the “Edit” button to open the image editor. You can then use the tools on the left-hand side of the screen to edit your screenshot.

Once you’ve edited your screenshot, you can save it by clicking on the “Save” button. You can also choose to share the screenshot directly from the image editor by clicking on the “Share” button and selecting the app or service you want to use.

Some popular options for sharing screenshots on a Chromebook include Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

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