July 8, 2022

How to Screenshot on a Chromebook [5 Ways]

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If you're new to Chrome OS, you may have questions about how to screenshot on a Chromebook. The answer is easier than you might think! We’ve collected here five basic ways to work with screenshots on Chromebook devices.

How to do Print Screen on a Chromebook

The quickest way to take screenshots on your Chromebook is with a keyboard shortcut: Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows. It opens the Screen Capture tool and lets you capture a screenshot of a specific area on your screen.

Also, if you simply want to take a quick screenshot of your full screen, you can use the Ctrl + Show Windows shortcut (Chromebook’s Print Screen button equivalent).

How a Chromebook lets you take screenshots without a shortcut

If you don't want to remember shortcut keys, you can make screen captures without using the Windows key. On the Chromebook's taskbar (a.k.a. “Shelf”), click on the time to open the Quick Settings menu. Then, just press Screen Capture and the toolbar will appear.

The Screen Capture tool not only allows you to take screenshots but also enables you to capture screen recordings. On the left side of the toolbar there is the button for switching between photo and video recording modes. In the middle of the toolbar, you have options to capture your entire screen, a single window, or a specific part of your screen. These options work for both screenshotting and video recording.

How to take a screenshot on a Chromebook tablet

Some Chrome OS tablet devices may not have a physical keyboard. Don’t worry; instead, there is a simple combination of buttons you can use for screenshotting on tablets.

To take a screenshot, simultaneously press the Power and Volume Down buttons. Then, your screen will register the screenshot and take a picture of your entire screen.

Partial screen capture in Chromebook’s tablet mode using a stylus

If your device supports stylus input – like HP Chromebooks, you also can use the stylus to capture a screen.

First, tap the Pen button on the Chromebook’s shelf. From the drop-down menu, select Capture Region. Secondly, use the stylus to select a portion of your screen to capture. Finally, lift it off of the display to capture your screenshot.

How to access screenshots on Chrome OS

Where is the result? When you take a screenshot or screencast it's instantly accessible from the Clipboard. It stores the last five things you’ve saved to it. To view what's available, just press Search + V.

You can also find recent screenshots in a holding space called Tote. To open it, click the Tote button on the shelf.

Screenshots that are already removed from the Clipboard can be found in your files. Simply launch the Files app on your Chromebook device and you'll find your screenshots in the Images folder and screencasts in the Videos folder.

Third-party software

The built-in screenshotting tool in Chrome OS may seem a bit dull and feature-limited, but luckily there are a variety of apps and Chrome extensions available with extra functionality. Below are our picks of the easiest tools for Chromebook laptops, including Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung.

LightShot

LightShot is one of the most popular screen capture freeware. It’s multi-platform, so you can download it as a Chrome extension or as a program. The app lets you take, edit, and upload your screenshots to the server.

To use LightShot, double-click the feather icon. Move the cursor over the window to capture. When a black dashed border appears, click to select the area you want to capture.

LightShot also provides a large variety of tools such as text boxes, comment boxes, arrows, rectangles, and much more. Once you have all of your edits made, just click the Save icon to complete.

Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot is a screen-recording tool for Chromebooks that enables users to record the screen when they want to explain something and share it instantly.

You can capture screenshots, blur personal info, add notes and comments, and share with one-click uploads to other platforms (or just save it to your computer).

Awesome also integrates and synchronizes with popular tools like Slack, Asana, Trello to make your collaboration with colleagues and clients easier.

Flamory

As opposed to the above software, Flamory has some extra features along with capturing, editing, and sharing your screenshots.

The tool allows you to create page snapshots with searchable screen grabs and content, bookmark or make thumbnails. It saves a copy of the file or web page that appears on your screen; if you double-click the screen grab, it’ll take you to the precise location on the web page.

Also, if your snapshots contain private data, you don’t need not to worry about it being spreaded all over the Internet. Flamory saves all snips and history on your Chromebook and ignores hidden files or confidential browsing sessions.

Summary

Google has made it simpler than ever to take screen grabs and record videos from your screen.

We have summarized here a few basic ways to capture screenshots and screencasts on Chrome OS, depending on what you need to capture. We hope these tips will be useful for anyone looking for more information about screen capture on a Chromebook.

Ben Jacklin

Ben is a writer from the UK with qualifications in Media and Music Technology, he specializes in software reviews and tutorials. Ben has been blogging about media and tech subjects since he was a teenager from his base in the East of England.

Frequently asked questions

Does a Chromebook have a screenshot shortcut?

Yes, it does. On Chrome OS, the shortcut for a full-screen screenshot is Ctrl + Show Windows. If you need to snap a partial screenshot or take a screen recording, press Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows for more screenshot features.

What is the best screen capture tool for Chromebooks?

We recommend using the following software for taking screenshots on Chrome OS:

  • LightShot
  • Awesome Screenshot
  • Flamory