Taking Screenshots On Your Chromebook: All You Need To Know
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If you’ve just got a new Chromebook, such as the HP Chromebook 11 or Samsung Chromebook Series 3, you may be wondering how to take screenshots. So, here’s a quick guide for you. We’ll show you how to take a screenshot, then find it and use it. We’ll also show you a couple of great apps for taking great screenshots and editing with annotations in the browser.


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Mac users can find a similar guide packed with tips on how to take screenshots on the Mac OS.

Take A Screenshot in Chrome OS

To get a screenshot of your whole screen or a part of your screen (even your login screen), you need to use the Window Switcher Key. This is the button that has a bunch of rectangles on it, representing a bunch of windows, generally found above the 6 & 7 keys, between full screen and bright down.


  • For a full screen screenshot, press Ctrl+Window Switcher Key.
  • For a partial screenshot, press Ctrl+Shift+Window Switcher Key and drag the selection to your preferred size.

Finding Your Screenshot

To locate your PNG screenshot, open the Files app and navigate to the Downloads section. Your file will be called something like “Screenshot 2014-01-01 at 4.21.18 PM.png” by default, but you can always rename it to whatever you like later.

If you’re using the guest account, make sure you copy the files to an SD card or Google Drive before you exit. The guest account “Downloads” folder is emptied when the guest logs out, so all those screenshots will be deleted.

Using Your Screenshot

If you want to access this screenshot on another device, drag and drop it to the Google Drive section of the Files app and it will soon be ready for you in your Google Drive for use.

There are also dozens of great extensions for taking screenshots from within the Chrome browser. If that’s all you really want, take a look at the following extensions. An added bonus is that you can usually use the extension to annotate the screenshot immediately, which can be really useful.

Screen Capture (By Google)

Screen Capture is a Google-made Chrome screenshot extension Screen Capture: Get Screenshots In Google Chrome With This App Screen Capture: Get Screenshots In Google Chrome With This App Read More which will let you take a screenshot of your browser window showing either the visible part of a tab, the whole page, or a user-defined region. It’s easy to scroll while defining a region, so your Chromebook’s small screen isn’t a problem. This extension will intelligently watch out for floating objects when you scroll, so that you only capture the image of that object once. After your screenshot is taken, you can edit it immediately in the browser.


Save To Google Drive

Save to Google Drive is another related extension you may find useful. If you just want to save a copy of an image you’re looking at, this extension will let you save the image directly to your Google drive. Simple and effective!

And for more, check out the best video editors for your Chromebook The 7 Best Video Editors for Chromebook The 7 Best Video Editors for Chromebook Chrome OS is just as capable as Windows and macOS for simple video editing, as evidenced by these Chromebook video editors. Read More .

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  1. Moseph
    June 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I found an easier way to get a screen shot of the login screen.

    When you're at the login screen, hit Ctrl+F5 to take a screen shot.
    Log in and open chrome. In the chrome broswer address bar type: /tmp/
    this will show you a list of files in the tmp directory
    scroll down to to the screen shot file and click to open
    once the screenshot opens hit ctrl+F5 again to take a screenshot of the screenshot.
    this will put the new screen shot into your downloads folder and you can copy it to your google drive from there.
    no need for developer mode or secret switches or additional software.

  2. Donovan
    June 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Not working

  3. Martin
    January 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I love Clipular Chrome extension for screenshots- very user friendly and options available

    • Angela A
      January 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Cool, I will check it out.